Associate Professor

Research Fields, Keywords

Cultural Anthropology, Mongolian Studies


SHIMAMURA Ippei is an Associate Professor at School of Human Culture. He got M.A. in ethnology from the National University of Mongolia in 1998. After completing the doctoral course in Japan, he had worked as a research fellow at the National Museum of Ethnology from 2003 until 2005. From October in 2005, He has been working at The University of Shiga Prefecture until now. He teaches Cultural Anthropology, Mongolian Culture, and Mongolian Language course in the University.

Graduating School 【 display / non-display

  • Waseda University  Faculty of Law  1993.03

Graduate School 【 display / non-display

  • The Graduate University for Advanced Studies  Graduate School, Division of Cultural Studies  Doctor's Course  2004.03

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  • PhD  The Graduate University for Advanced Studies  2010.03

  • Master(Ethnology)  National University of Mongolia  1998.02

  • B.A.(Law)  Waseda University  1993.03

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  • University of Shiga Prefecture  School of Human Cultures  Depertment of Interculutural Communication  Associate Professor   2013.10 - Now

  • University of Shiga Prefecture  School of Human Cultures  Department of Regional Studies  Lecturer   2005.10 - 2013.09

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  • Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge  visiting scholar(MIASU), Visiting Professor(Selwyn College)   2011.09 - 2012.03

  • National Museum of Ethnology,Osaka     2011.04 - 2015.03

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • International Association for Mongolian Studies

  • The Japanese Association for Mongolian Studies (JAMS)

  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology

  • International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism

Field of expertise (Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research classification) 【 display / non-display

  • Cultural Anthropology, Mongolian Studies


Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Magicalized Socualism: Magico-Religious Practices and Secularized Buddhist Monks in Socialist Mongolia

    Ippei Shimamura

    TMU(Tokyo Metropolitan University) Social Anthropological Association  Annual Report of Social Anthropology  44   29 - 59  2018.11

    Single Work  

  • A Pandemic of Shamans: The Overturning of Social Relationships, the Fractured Communality, and Divergent Morality in Contemporary Mongolian Shamanism

    Ippei Shimamura

    International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism  SHAMAN  25 (1-2)   93 - 136  2017.11

    Single Work  

  • Shamanism: From the Past to the Contemporary Cult in Nothern Eurasia

    Ippei Shimamura

    School of Human Cultures, the University of Shiga Prefecture  Bulletin "Human Culture"  43   2 - 18  2017.10

    Single Work  

  • Printing Socialism, or the Making of Chinggis Khan as a National Hero in Socialist Mongolia

    Ippei Shimamura

    The Historical Science Society of Japan  Journal of Historical Studies  (959)   36 - 50  2017.06

    Single Work  

  • The Beginnings of Mongolian Studies in Hungary Gábor Bálint of Szentkatolna's Field Research among the Kalmyks (1871) and the Khalkhas (1873)

    Birtalan, Ágnes Translated by Ippei Shimamura

    Japanese Association for Mongolian Studies  Bulletin of Japanese Association for Mongolian Studies  (47)   79 - 91  2017.03

    Single Work  

  • Migratory Shamans: Shamanic “Propagation” from Mining Town to Mining Town in Mongolia

    ippei Shimamura

    National Museum of Ethnology,Japan  Senri Ethnological Studies  (93)   275 - 292  2016.08

    Single Work  

  • Shamanism as a Pandemic- a case study on globalising Mongolia

    Ippei Shimamura


    Single Work  

  • Does Shaman really Hear the Voice of the Dead?: A Case Study of Mongolian Shamans' Narratives on "Sprit Possession"

    Ippei Shimamura

    The Society of Biosohia Studies  (24)   60 - 65  2015.12

    Single Work  

  • Ancestral Sprits Love Mining sites-Shamanic Activities around the coal and gold mining sites in Mongolia

    Ippei Shimamura

    University of Cambridge  Inner Asia    2014.11

    Single Work  


    In recent years, Mongolia has been enjoying rapid economic growth thanks to the development of its enormous natural resource deposits of copper, coal, gold, petroleum, and so on. However, due to the consequent social instability, the number of shamans has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, especially in the capital city Ulaanbaatar and mining towns. In this paper, I will explore shamanic activities around the Oyu Tolgoi mining site in South Gobi, focusing on examining what kinds of people are actually becoming shamans and how they become shamans, as well as what activities they are involved in with relevance to the dramatic socio-economic and environmental changes.

  • The Creation of the Great Mother: Khoimoryn khugshin Cult among the Mongol Buryats

    Ippei Shimamura

     STUDIA ETHNOLOGICA  20 (1-23)   254 - 260  2011

    Single Work  

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  • Introduction: Using Chinggis khan as Cultural Resource- Comperative Views in Mongolia, Japan, Russia, and China

    Ippei Shimamura

    School of Human Cultures, the University of Shiga Prefecture  Human Cultures  (24)   3 - 5  2008.12

     Single Work  

  • The Historical Role of the Nomads in Eurasia:International Symposium(March 19, 2005

    Ippei Shimamura

    National Museum of Ethnology   Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter  (20)   9  2005.06

     Single Work  

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Academic Awards Received 【 display / non-display


     Studies on Ethnicities and Nationalism in Modern Mongolia  International Academic Awards    Solo  2014.02

  • Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS) Award

     Awards of National Conference, Council and Symposium    Solo  2013.11

  • SOKENDAI Scientist Award

     Other Awards    Solo  2016.04