Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Staff Profile

NameTakamasa OSAWA
AffiliationResearch Department
Arrival day2017-10-01
Leaving the office day 
Year of Birth 
Professional CareerResearcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2017)
Post-doctoral Fellow, Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology (2015)
Higher DegreesPhD (University of Edinburgh 2016)
MSc (London School of Economics and Political Science 2010)
Master of Marine Science (Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology 2009)
Fields of SpecializationSocial Anthropology
Academic Society MembershipsThe Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research




Osawa, T. 2017,02 'Perception of Political Power: A case of Suku Asli in eastern Sumatra'. Ngo van Le et al. (ed.) Việt Nam và Đông Nam Á trong bối cảnh toàn cầu hóa. National Vietnamese University Press, Ho Chi Minh City, pp.265-291.


【Original Articles】

Osawa, T. 2017,12 'Associating Land with People: Land and Collective Identity among the Suku Asli of Sumatra'.. Jurnal Antoropologi: Isu-isu Sosial Budaya 19(2):109-123. (reviewed).

Osawa, T. 2017,03 'Rejection and Acceptance of the State: The Attitude toward Power in Tribal Societies in Eastern Sumatra'. Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology 81(4):567-585. (in Japanese) (reviewed).

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

Osawa, T. 'Externalization of state power: Orang asli on the eastern coast of Sumatra′. . 12th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS 12), 2018.07.26, Malaysia Sains University, Penang.

Osawa, T. ’Perception of political power: A case of Suku Asli in eastern Sumatra‘’ . International Conference: Vietnam and Southeast Asia: Integration and Development, 2016.12.06, Phu Yen province, Vietnam.

Osawa, T. ’Maritime state, indigenous people and Chinese migrants: The history of ethnic alliance on the eastern coast of Sumatra′. International Marine Culture Conference, 2016.05.12, National Kaohsiung University, Kaohsiung.

Osawa, T. ’”Ancestral land” and collective identity among the Suku Asli of Sumatra. ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the Uk) 14th Decennial Conference, 2014.06.21, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

Osawa, T. 'Category, Indigenous people and peatland: Anthropological study on the endigenous people in eastern Sumatra. 296th RIHN Lunch Seminar, 2018.06.19, RIHN, Kyoto. (in Japanese)

Osawa, T. 'Distance from the state power: Anarchism among orang asli on the eastern coast of Sumatra'. Kyoto Jinruigaku Kenkyukai, 2018.06.08, Kyoto university, Kyoto. (in Japanese)

Osawa, T. 'Research experience in Indonesia by a Japanese anthropologist. A practice of qualitative method‘’. Open Seminar of Andalas University, 2017.08.29, Andalas University, Padang. (Other)

Osawa, T. ’Who is the Akit? History and ethnicity of orang asli in Riau′ . Open Seminar of Riau Islamic University, 2017.08.26, Riau Islamic University, Pekanbaru. (Other)