Shiho Satsuka

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute




Room AP 236, 19 Russell Street


Shiho Satsuka is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She received her B.A. in History from Keio University in Japan, her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from York University, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, and a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany. Her research concerns the politics of knowledge production, discourses of nature and science, cultural practices of capitalism and Japan in global context. She is interested in how divergent understandings of nature are produced, circulated, contested and transformed in trans-local interactions. She is currently conducting research on the role of scientists in the emerging global scientific and commercial network of matsutake, a highly valued wild mushroom. This research is also part of a collaborative, experimental multi-sited ethnographic project to which she is contributing along with six other scholars with various regional and analytic expertise.



2018. The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds. Co-edited with Keiichi Omura, Grant Jun Otsuki and Atsuro Morita. New York: Routledge.

2015. Nature in Translation: Freedom, Subjectivity, and Japanese Tourism Encounters the Canadian Rockies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


In Press. “Rhapsody in the Forest: Wild Mushrooms and the Multispecies Multitude”. Forthcoming in How Nature Works, Sarah Besky and Alex Blanchette, eds. Albuquerque, NM:University of New Mexico Press.

2018. “Sensing Multispecies Entanglements: Koto as an ‘Ontology’ of Living”. Special Issue, Matsutake Worlds. Social Analysis 62(4).

2018. “Translation in the World Multiple”. In The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds, 219-232. New York: Routledge.

2014. “The Satoyama Movement: Envisioning Multispecies Commons in Post-industrial Japan.” Rachel Carson Center Perspectives 3: 87–93.

2014. “Hospitality and Detachment: Japanese Tour Guides’ Affective Labor in Canada.” In The Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary East Asia, edited by Jie Yang, 82-96. New York and London: Routledge.

2013. “The Charisma of the Wild Mushroom.” Rachel Carson Center Perspectives 5: 49-54.

2011. “Eating Others Well/ Eating Well with Others.” in “Poaching at the Multispecies Salon,” Kroeber Anthropological Society Journal (Special 100th issue) 99/100: 134-138.

2009. Matsutake Worlds Research Group (Timothy Choy, Lieba Fair, Michael Hathaway, Miyako Inoue, Shiho Satsuka and Anna Tsing.) “A New Form of Collaboration in Cultural Anthropology: Matsutake Worlds.” American Ethnologist 36(2): 380-403.

2009. Matsutake Worlds Research Group (Timothy Choy, Lieba Faier, Michael Hathaway, Miyako Inoue Shiho Satsuka and Anna Tsing). “Strong Collaboration as a Method for Multi-sited Ethnography: on Mycorrhizal Relations.” In Multi-Sited Ethnography, edited by Mark-Anthony Falzon, 197-214. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

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