Shiho Satsuka

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




Room AP 340, 19 Russell Street


Shiho Satsuka is an assistant 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 five other anthropologists with various regional and analytic expertise.

Selected Publications:

forthcoming “Nature in Translation: Freedom, Subjectivity, Japanese Tourism Encounters in Canada”

“Eating Others Well/ Eating Well with Others.” Special issue, Kroeber Anthropological Society Journal 100 (2011): 134-138.

“Populist Cosmopolitanism: The Predicament of Subjectivity and the Japanese Fascination with Overseas.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10, no. 1 (2009): 67-81.

“A New Form of Collaboration in Cultural Anthropology: Matsutake Worlds.” American Ethnologist 36, no. 2 (2009): 380-403. Co-authored with Timothy Choy, Lieba Fair, Michael Hathaway, Miyako Inoue & Anna Tsing.

“Strong Collaboration as a Method for Multi-sited Ethnography: On Mycorrhizal Relations,” In Multi-Sited Ethnography. Mark-Anthony Falzon, ed. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2009. Pp. 197-214. Co-authored with Timothy Choy, Lieba Fair, Michael Hathaway, Miyako Inoue & Anna Tsing.

“Diverging Understandings of Forest Management in Matsutake Science.” Economic Botany 62, no. 3 (2008): 244-256. Co-authored with  Anna Tsing.

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