The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Tembea (Staff Only)
His research interests lie in the childhood among the Baka Pygmy hunter-gatherers in east part of Cameroon, focusing on face-to-face interaction between adults and children. He has been investigating how processes of teaching / learning are conducted in concert with the surrounding environment in everyday activities. His methodology involves ethnographic description and conversation analysis techniques (in particular, language socialization of linguistic anthropology).
Major / Keywords
African Area Studies, Anthropology / Children, Socialization / Face-to-Face Interaction, Language Socialization, Baka, Hunting and Gathering societies, Cameroon
Qualifications and Dissertations
2007 BA in Sociology (Kansai University)
2009 MA in Literature (Kansai University)
2016 PhD in Area Studies (Kyoto University)
2012 Teaching Assistant at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
2013-2014 Research Fellow (DC2) at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2015 Assistant Teaching Staff at Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
2016- Researcher at Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
2017- Postdoctoral Fellow (PD) at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)
Japan Association for African Studies
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences
British Association for Applied Linguistics Language in Africa Special Interest Group (BAAL LiASIG)
- Sonoda, K. 2016. Constructing Social Learning in Interaction among the Baka Hunter-Gatherers. In H. Terashima and B. S. Hewlett (eds.), Social and Innovative Learning in Hunter-gatherers: Fieldworks and Evolutionary Perspectives. Springer. pp. 113-124.
- Sonoda, K. 2016. ‘Give Me the Meat, the Child Said’: Cultural Practice among the Children of the Baka Hunter-Gatherers. Hunter Gatherer Research 2.1: 39-62.
Other Selected Publications
- Sonoda, K. 2017. ‘Scotland Report’. Network Formation for Reconstructing the Paradigm of African Area Studies in a Globalizing World Dispatch Report (Website).
- Sonoda, K. 2016. ‘Cameroon Report’. Network Formation for Reconstructing the Paradigm of African Area Studies in a Globalizing World Dispatch Report (Website).
- Sonoda, K., Peng, Y., Sekino, A., Yanohara, Y., Sekiguchi, K., Hagino, I., and Oishi, T. 2015. Book Review: Hunter-Gatherers of the Congo Basin: Cultures, Histories, and Biology of African Pygmies. New Bruswick: Transaction Publishers. Hunter Gatherer Research 1.2: 269-276.
- Sonoda, K. 2014. The "Easy-going" Attitude of Knowledgeable Participants in Hunting and Gathering Activities. In Terashima, H. (ed.), RNMH A02 Research Report No.4: 149-159. Kyoto.
- Sonoda,K.2013.An Interaction Analysis of “Indirect Actions” in Hunting Activities among the Baka Pygmies in Cameroon. In Terashima, H. (ed.), RNMH A02 Research Report No.3: 87-93. Kyoto.
- Sonoda, K. 2017. Language socialization among Baka children in eastern Cameroon. Presented at “Voices for the Future: African Area Studies in a Globalizing World” in France-Japan Area Studies Forum: Kyoto University, Kyoto.
- Reckin, R., Lew-Levy, S., Kissler, S., Boyette, A.H., Crittenden, A.N., Sonoda, K., Stieglitz, J., Lavi, N., Ellis-Davies, K. 2017. A cross-cultural examination of the trade-off between work and play among forager children. Presented at the 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: Washington, D.C.
- Sonoda, K. 2015. Baka’s Ambiguous’ Utterance and Their Group Hunting, CHAGS11 (11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies), the University of Vienna, Vienna, September 7 - 11th.
- Sonoda, K. 2013. Teaching in Face-to-Face Interaction among the Baka of Eastern Cameroon, CHAGS10 (10th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies), University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, June 25 - 28th.
- Sonoda, K. 2013. Embodied Teaching in a Hunter-Gatherer Society: A Case Study of the Baka in Eastern Cameroon, 9th International CORPUS Symposium Bodily Cultivation and Cultural Learning, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, May 24 - 26th.
- Sonoda, K. 2013. The Organization of Instructing / Learning Activities among the Baka Pygmies in Eastern Cameroon: Language, Action, and Environment, International Meeting on Austronesian Languages and Cultures, Kyoto University, Japan, March 15th.
- Sonoda, K. 2011. A Comparison of the Social Behaviors of the Baka Pygmy Children and Adults in Cameroon, ITP International Symposium New Horizon of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, December 2-3th.
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