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The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Kyoto Univ.
Kyoto University
Tembea (Staff Only)

Morie KanekoAssociate Professor


I have been conducting anthropological research on the cultural transmission of techniques of body and technological innovation among women potters in Ethiopia. In this work, I examine the formation of African local knowledge in a global context by focusing on the process of creating objects, such as producing craftworks, processing agricultural products, creating souvenirs, and even generating waste, as the outcome of person–environment transactions. I also engage with local people in ethnographic exhibitions, in a community museum, that are related to endogenous development in local communities.

kaneko00 Major / Research Topics / Keywords

Anthropology / Material culture / Techniques of body / Local knowledge / Cultural transmission / Community museum


Japan Association for African Studies
Japan Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies
The Society for Ethno-Arts
The Society for Ecological Anthropology
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science
International Society of Ethnobiology

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  • Morie KANEKO & Masayoshi SHIGETA (eds.) 2013 Gender-based Knowledge and Techniques in Africa, African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue No.46.
  • Masayoshi Shigeta and Morie Kaneko 2017 Chapter 11 ZAIRAICHI (Local Knowledge) as the Manners of Co-existence: Encounters between the Aari Farmers in Southwestern Ethiopia and the ‘Other’ eds. GEBRE Yntiso et al., African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global Prescriptions, Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG, pp. 311-338.
  • Morie Kaneko 2016 Variations in Shape, Local Classification, and the Establishment of a Chaîne Opératoire for Pot Making among Female Potters in Southwestern Ethiopia, H. Terashima & B. Hewlett (eds.), Social Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-gatherers: Evolutionary and Ethnographic Perspectives.
  • Morie Kaneko 2015 Collections and Archives on Ethiopian Studies at the Frobenius Institute. Nilo-Ethiopian Studies No.20: 33-40.
  • Morie Kaneko 2014 ‘I Know How to Make Pots by Myself’: Special Reference to Local Knowledge Transmission in Southwestern Ethiopia. Masayoshi SHIGETA, Mamo HEBO, & Makoto NISHI (eds.) Livelihood, Development and Local Knowledge on the Move, African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue No.48: 59-75.
  • Morie Kaneko 2013c Pratiques Potieres dans la Corne de L’afrique Techniques & Culture 60: 202-221.


  • Morie Kaneko 2013b Transmigration among Aari Women Potters in Southwestern Ethiopia and the Accumulation of their Experience in Pottery-making Techniques. Morie KANEKO & Masayoshi SHIGETA (eds.) Gender-based Knowledge and Techniques in Africa, African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue No.46: 81-96.
  • Morie Kaneko & Masayoshi SHIGETA 2013a Preface, Morie KANEKO & Masayoshi SHIGETA (eds.) Gender-based Knowledge and Techniques in Africa, African Study Monographs Supplementary Issue No.46: 1-4.
  • Morie Kaneko 2012 Open Firing Techniques as Community-based Technology: The Case of the Ari Pottery Making in Southwestern Ethiopia Nilo-Ethiopian Studies No.17: 1-26. kaneko0
  • Morie Kaneko 2010 Variations in Pottery Making in Southwestern Ethiopia, Aethiopistische Forschungen Vol. 72: 187-199.
  • Morie Kaneko 2007 Variations in Pottery Making by Ari Potters in Southwestern Ethiopia: Analysis of the Finger Movement Patterns Used in Forming Pots Nilo-Ethiopian Studies No.11: 1-15.
  • Morie Kaneko 2005 Learning Process of Pottery Making in Ari people, Southwestern Ethiopia Environment, Masayoshi SHIGETA & Gebre Yntiso (eds.), Livelihood and Local Praxis in Asia and Africa, African Study Monographs Supplementary Issues No. 29: 73-81.
  • Special exhibition on Ensete and Aari People, South Omo Research Center and Museum, Ethiopia, 1st September 2013-15th March 2014.

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