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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Room SG2, Alison Richard Building
Event date: 
Friday, 24 February, 2023 - 16:00

The current repatriation movements to return indigenous peoples’ remains around the world are inseparably linked to the worldwide decolonization effort. After briefly introducing my projects, my talk is to focus on the indigenous repatriation movements in Australia and Japan and clarifies how the human remains were collected by European or Japanese researchers through a comparative study of the cases in Australia and Japan. It will become clear that the recent movements to repatriate the remains of indigenous peoples are not a national event but a global action. It will also be shown that the repatriation movement in Japan is far behind the global trend.

Yugo Tomonaga received his Ph.D. from the Department of Area Studies, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies.  He is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Studies, Ryukoku University, Japan, having worked as a Visiting Fellow at the National Museum of Ethnology and a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University since 2020 and at the Faculty of East Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge from September 2022 to March 2023. His areas of specialization are social and cultural anthropology, mainly Indigenous Australian Studies and Minority Studies in Australia and Japan.

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