RESUME

(PUBLICATIONS Listed Below)

Christopher S. Thompson

(Updated July 20, 2008)

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 1998 (Cultural Anthropology, Fieldwork in Japan)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 1992
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College, 1984

NON-DEGREE EDUCATION & TRAINING

* Coursework in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language during summer workshops at Earlham College, 1987-1990.
* Studies in secondary social studies education, Missouri Southern State College, 1985-1986.
* Pre-Ministerial Studies, The School Of Theology At Claremont, fall 1984.

CURRENT ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2009 − present: Chair, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University
2006 − present: Visiting Professor, Chubu University Department of Japanese Language and Culture, Kasugai, Japan
2004 − present: Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University

PROFESSIONAL/ TEACHING EXPERINCE

2001 - present: Director, Ohio University Study Abroad Programs in Japan - Hokuriku University, Musashi University, Asuke, Hanamaki
1998 - present: Director, Ohio University - Chubu University Study Abroad Program
2006 - 2009: Ohio University/ Chubu University Executive Administrator
1998 - 2004: Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University
1996 - 1998: Director, The Center for Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School, University of Illinois Laboratory High School
1994 - 1996: International Programs Specialist, Towa-cho Town Hall, Waga-gun Towa-cho, Iwate, Japan
1990 - 1994: Japanese Language Teaching Specialist, University of Illinois Laboratory High School
1990, June -August: Contract Interpreter, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Lafayette, Indiana
1989, June -August: Contract Interpreter, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Lafayette, Indiana
1988 -1990: Japanese Language Teacher, Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe School Corporations in Northwest Indiana
1987 -1988: Japanese Language Teacher, St. Paul's School, Clearwater, Florida

FIELDWORK

February 2009: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on the preservation of traditional folk culture in Asuke, Toyota-shi, Aichi prefecture. Participant observation of the Asuke Fall Fesival as a guest member of the Miyamachi Teppo-tai (Miyamachi Musket Troupe).
February 2008: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on the preservation of traditional folk culture in Hanamaki-shi, Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture.

October 2007: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on tourism and historical preservation on Miyajima-cho, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Asuke Village, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and Towa-cho, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture.

February 2007: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on tourism and historical preservation in Asuke Vllage (pop. 8,500) in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture to study how this community is trying to preserve local practices through Asuke Yashiki, a local living historical museum with the aid of the Asuke Tourism Association.

October 2006: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on the consolidation of Towa-cho, Iwate Prefecture (pop. 10,000) into neighboring Hanamaki City (pop. 75,000) and the impact on the preservation of local folk traditions.

February 2006: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on the role and function of traditional folk performance groups for children in Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture.

October 2005: Ethnographic Fieldwork focusing on the traditional performance of Kagura, in Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture, and how the troupe will be affected by the municipality's consolidation initiative.

October 2004: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on the Kamadogami (the hearth deity) tradition in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures where its practice continues. Study focused on the contemporary application of this three hundred year old folk belief in neighborhoods where this folk belief continues to be prevalent.

October 2003: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on the Kamadogami (the hearth deity) tradition in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures where its practice continues. Study focused on the contemporary application of this three hundred year old folk belief in neighborhoods where this folk belief continues to be prevalent.

October 2002: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on the problems faced by a traditional performing arts troupe in Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture, famous for the deer dance.

September 2001: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on how the community of Towa-cho is preserving their past while making social, cultural, and economic adjustments necessary for the future.

September 2000: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on how the community of Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture, is utilizing the Internet to market local products and increase tourism.

September 1999: Ethnographic fieldwork focused on how residents of Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture, Japan are using technology (particularly the telephone and computers) in their daily lives.

September 1998: Ethnographic fieldwork following up on topics related to lifelong learning in northern Japan.

1994-1996: Fieldwork as a town hall employee in Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Study focused on the introduction of new lifelong learning policies being implemented from the national to the local level.

August 1993: Pilot study in northern Japan in preparation for long-term dissertation fieldwork as a town hall employee in Towa-cho, Iwate prefecture.
 

PUBLICATIONS

BOOK

Thompson C. & J. Traphagan (eds.) 2006. Wearing Cultural Styles In Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. Albany: SUNY Press.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Thompson, C. 2009. Cultural Solutions to Ecological Problems In Contemporary Japan: Heritage Tourism In Asuke. In S. Singh, (ed.) Domestic Tourism in Asia: Diversity and Divergence. London. Earthscan. pp. 51-64.

Thompson, C. 2008. The Politics of Folk Performance In Northeast Japan: Preserving Ishihatooka Kagura. In The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook About Japan. German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo, Japan. pp. 361-386.

Traphagan, J. and C. Thompson. 2006. The Practice of Modernity in Contemporary Japan. In C. Thompson and J. Traphagan (eds.) Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. Albany. SUNY Press. pp. 2-24.

Thompson, C.2006. Preserving the Ochiai Deer Dance: Tradition and Continuity in a To^hoku Hamlet. In C. Thompson and J. Traphagan (eds.) Wearing Cultural Styles In Japan: Concepts of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. Albany: SUNY Press. 171-195.

Thompson, C. 2003. Depopulation In Regional Japan: Population Politics In Towa-cho. In J. Traphagan and J. Knight (edts.) Demographic Change and the Family in Japan's Aging Society. State University of New York Press. pp. 89-107.

 

ARTICLES - Juried

Thompson, C. 2009. In Press. Posthumous Mourning Portraiture In 19th Century American Folklife. Journal of American Folklore.

Thompson, C. 2009. In Press. Visions of the Afterlife: Nineteenth Century Posthumous Votive Portraiture In Iwate, Japan, Rediscovered. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Thompson, C. 2009. In Press. Holding On While Letting Go: Dealing With Death Through Kuyo Egaku in 19th Century Iwate. Japan Studies Association Journal.

Thompson, C. 2009. In Press. Japan's Showa Retro Boom: Nostalgia, Local Identity, and the Resurgence of Kamadogami Masks in the Nation's Northeast. The Journal of Popular Culture.

Thompson, C. 2007. Study Abroad For Advanced Skills In Japanese: Improving Students' Communicative Competence Using Self-Instructional Strategies. Japanese Language and Literature, Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese 41. 315-331.

Thompson, C. 2004. Host Produced Rural Tourism: Towa's Tokyo Antenna Shop. In, Annals of Tourism Research. Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 580-600.

Thompson, C. 2004. You Are Your House: The Construction and Continuity of Family and Identity Using Yago in a Japanese Suburban Farming Community. Social Science Journal Japan. Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 61-81.

Thompson C. 2004. The Ochai Deer Dance: A Traditional Dance in a Modern World. The Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 38. No. 1. Pp. 129-148.

Thompson, C. 2003. To^wa-cho^’s Cyber Citizens: An Ethnography of On-line Culture in a Japanese Rural Township. The Journal of Intercultural Disciplines. Vol. 3, pp. 24-52.

Thompson, C. 2002. Recruiting Cyber Townspeople: Local Government and the Internet in a Japanese Rural Township. Technology and Society. Vol. 24, pp. 349-360.

Thompson, C. 2002. Enlisting On-line Residents: Expanding the Boundaries of E-government in a Japanese Rural Township. Government Information Quarterly. Vol. 19, pp. 173-87.

Thompson, C. 2001. Cyberchomin @ Towa-cho: Reterritorializing Rurality In Regional Japan. PAN-JAPAN: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora. Vol 2, No. 1 & 2. pp. 95-116.

 

ARTICLES - Unjuried

Thompson, C. 2001. CyberChomin@Towa-cho: An Ethnography of Cyber Residents in a Japanese Rural Township. In, A Pilgrimage of Color: 2001 National Conference Social Sciences Monograph Series. pp. 293-319. NAAAS/NAHLS/ NANAS/IAAS. Morehead State University, Morehead KY.

Thompson, C. 2000. Transplanting the Seed: A New Home For the Yellow Newsletter. In, JLTN Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 1-6. Center for the Improvement of Teaching of Japanese Language and Culture in High School, University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. And the Alliance of Association of Teachers of Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder. USA.

 

ARTICLES (in Japanese)

クリストファー・トムソン「社会教育に見える日本の素顔」平成7年研修のあゆみ 社会教育関係職員研修集録第29集 岩手県花巻地区社会教育協議会71、72頁。

クリストファー・トムソン「クリスのVarietyTalk」東和町広報平成7年3月から平成8年7月まで毎月、東和町役場 日本国岩手県和俵群東和町。

 

REVIEWS

Thompson, C. 2007. Gendai Noson ni okeru Ie to Josei: Shonai Chiho ni Miru Rekishi no Renzoku to Danzetsu( Ie and Women in Modern Rural Society: Continuity and Discontinuity in the History of the Shonai District, Yamagata Prefecture. Nagano Yukiko. Tokyo: Tosui Shobo, 2005, 274 p. Social Science Journal Japan. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp. 131-134.

Thompson, C. 2005. The Price of Death: The Funeral Industry In Contemporary Japan. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000. 266pgs. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerentology. Vol. 20. pp. 79-81.

Thompson, C. 2001. Review of, Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program. by David L. McConnell. 2000. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. University of California Press. 328 p. XXII. PAN-JAPN: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora. Spring 2001, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 100-105.

Thompson, C. 1998. Review of, Beko to Kosumosu (The Cow and the Cosmos Flower), written by Makiko Yakushige and the residents of Towa-cho, Iwate, Japan and produced by IBC-TV, Iwate, Japan. News and Reviews, a publication of the Asian Educational Media Service Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 7.

 

TEACHING MATERIALS

Thompson, C. 2001. Talking About Tokyo Kichijoji. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 5-21. Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. USA.

Thompson, C. 2001. Shopping at Yahoo Japan. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 22-26. Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. USA.

Thompson, C. 2001. Let's Eat at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo! Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 16, No. 2. p. 27-32. Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. USA.

Thompson, C. 2000. Talking About America In Japanese: NFL Football. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 7-18. Center for the Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School. University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. USA.

Thompson, C. 2000. Talking About America In Japanese: Internet Activities: Irasshai Japan Quiz; NFL Japan Homepage wo Yomoo. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 19-27. Center for the Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School. University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. USA.

Thompson, C. 2000. Japanese Language in Your Neighborhood: Talking About Ultraman Gum. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 1-3. Center for the Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School. University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. USA.

Thompson, C. 2000. Japanese Language in Your Neighborhood: Talking About Killington Resort. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 4-17. Center for the Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School. University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. USA.

Thompson, C. 2000. Japanese Language in Your Neighborhood: Talking About TV Japan. Japanese Language Teacher's Network Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 2. pp. 18 33. Center for the Improvement of Teaching Japanese Language and Culture in High School. University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL. USA.

 

TRANSLATIONS (Japanese to English)

Chiba, Mizuo. 1996. Goaisatsu (Forward), Translated by Christopher S. Thompson. In, Kaiga e no Shuppatsu: Yorozu Tetsugoro no Mizue to Futari no Shi (Departure Into Western Style Painting: Yorozu Tetsugoro's Water Colors and His Two Teachers. Yorozu Tetsugor Kinen Bijutsukan. Iwate-ken, Towa-cho, Tsuchizawa, Japan.

Mugengaisha Towa Television: Towa-cho Farm Village Association. 1995. Video - Beko to Kosumosu (The Cow and the Cosmos Flower. English translation of script and video subtitles by Christopher S. Thompson. Towa-cho Town Hall, Iwate-ken, Waga-gun, Towa-cho Japan.

* Video with English subtitles and English script available for check-out through The Asian Education Media Service, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at <http://www.aems.uiuc.edu>.



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