2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (B)個人研究助成  
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How Can We Talk about Coal Mines?: A folklore study through learning, listening, thinking, and talking with local residents in Chikuhō, a former coal mining area in Japan
川松 あかり
Akari Kawamatsu
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 Chikuhō is a symbolic "former coal mining area" in Japan, which once flourished by coal mining industries and has remained stagnant after they were closed. This study aims at illustrating new styles of narrative and methodology to pass down the histories and memories of coal mines in Chikuhō, through revealing by whom and how the coal mines in Chikuhō have been narrated and represented since now. For this purpose, this study adopts the perspective of the epistemology of folklore studies, which has grasped acts of people who try to understand others' minds and talk about them to other people. Then, this study views people who collaborate with me in the field as "the agents of practices of folklore studies", and seeks new styles for handing down coal mines, analyzing their practices reflexively. This project will learn from people who are looking for their styles of handing down coal mines meaningfully for the new generation who doesn't know coal mines. Through these studies, this project tries to propose a new style for handing down coal mines as an ethnography, which goes beyond such a dichotomic way of seeing the memories of coal mines as "the heritage which can be a pride" and its "bright and dark sides", under the name of "the Modern Industrial Heritage". It also will be able to convey more actual sense of the people who lived in coal mines.

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