The Emergence of Anarchist Nature in Modern Japan: Minakata Kumagusu (1867—1941) and the Politics of Planetary Knowledge
Supervisor: Sho Konishi
My DPhil thesis focuses on the history of trans-disciplinary and global knowledge formation through the life and work of the naturalist and polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867—1941), who specialized in slime mould. In so doing, I aim to narrate epistemologies of science that emerged outside the paradigm of “Western” modernity at the turn of the century.
The main motivation behind the thesis is in my interest in non-Cartesian intellectual and cultural histories of nature between Europe and Japan and their relevance to the practice of knowledge today. As a way to experiment the possibility, I co-initiated "Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities"-- an interdisciplinary workshop for international postgraduates and early career researchers that will take place at St Antony's College on 27th and 28th October 2017. Concurrently, the workshop aspires to transcend disciplinary and national intellectual boundaries within Area Studies, whilst simultaneously promoting integration between Area Studies and "mainstream" Euro-American discourse on planetary concerns. > https://ecologiesknowledgeandpractice.wordpress.com
Recent publications include “’Planetary’ Knowledge? Moving Beyond Internationalism” in 5: Designing Media Ecology: The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Future (Tokyo, 2016), “Political Ecology of Art and Architecture in Japan: 100 Years Ago and Now” in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art: Political Ecology in East Asia (Bristol, 2016), and “On Atomic Subjectivity” in The Nuclear Culture Source Book (London, 2016). >>>https://oxford.academia.edu/EikoHonda