Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2019-2023)

Integrative Human Historical Science of "Out of Eurasia"
Exploring the Mechanisms of the Development of Civilization


Steering Committee


Principal Investigator
Naoko Matsumoto (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Okayama University)
Eisei Tsurumi (The University Museum, The University of Tokyo)*
Takehiko Matsugi (Archaeology Division, National Museum of
Japanese History)
Hideyuki Onishi (Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts))
Atsushi Iriki (RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research)
Noriko Seguchi (Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University)*
Hisashi Nakao (Anthropology and Philosophy/Anthropological Institute,
Nanzan University)***
Tetsuya Inamura (The Open University of Japan)**
Akira Goto (Faculty of Humanities, Nanzan University)*
Saburo Sugiyama (Aichi Prefectural University/Arizona State University)*
Satoru Nakazono (Faculty of Intercultural Studies, The International
University of Kagoshima)
Evaluation Committee
Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)
Hisao Baba (National Museum of Nature and Science)
Yuji Seki (Modern Society and Civilization, National Museum of Ethnology)
Steven Mithen (Archaeology, University of Reading)

 *International Research Promotion, **PR, ***Project Office

Research outline

The headquarters of the steering committee is based at the Center for Research on the Dynamics of Civilizations, Okayama University. The committee consists of the principal investigators from each research project, the international research promotion group, the PR promotion group, and the project office. The main aim of the committee is to integrate the various results from all of the research projects and invited research and to devise research strategies for the whole research area.

The international research promotion group supports research activities in the Americas by dealing with political, ethical, and administrative problems. The Group also creates opportunities such as symposia to share our results internationally in collaboration with local/indigenous researchers in the Americas, Oceania, and northeastern Asia in order to deepen mutual understanding and secure the foundation for international research. The PR promotion group plans and carries out a wide range of outreach activities including making TV programs. The project office cooperates with and supports the headquarters of the committee in many ways. The evaluation committee assesses our activities and advises us for improvement.