Division NameRIHN Center Communication Division
Head of DivisionABE, Ken-ichi


○Subject and Objectives

 The basis of the Communication Division activities is “knowledge-networking”: reediting an isolated and diffused knowledge information and presenting them as a new knowledge/concept.

 There are three supporting activities.  Firstly, we review a new result transmission technique, which helps us to construct the platform fostering bidirectional knowledge information, in the transdisciplinary era through the method development such as practically using video resources.  Secondly, considering environmental education as a great opportunity to exchange knowledge information with the next generation, “RIHN-Environmental Education Method” and its materials will be developed with gathered and integrated RIHN research project achievements.  Finally, we are engaged in works related to the creation of new ideas and values, aims to establish a new-value-creating-methodology by organizing results of activity fruits and higher-order connecting knowledge information of RIHN projects.

○Progress and Results in 2017

【Research Development of Achievement Transmission Technique in the Transdisciplinary Era】

Plan❶ Host a seminar

・Two TD VISUALIZATION seminars with Sanitation project “The Sanitation Value Chain: Designing Sanitation Systems as Eco-Community-Value System” (Project leader(described at the present name): Funamizu Naoyuki)

・Meetings with Ritsumeikan University, College of Image Arts and Sciences and Kim Satbyul(Specially appointed assistant professor, RIHN Center) to discuss effective methods towards result transmission and current trend

Plan❷ Enhancement of cooperation with relevant organizations

・Conclusion of Partnership Agreement with NHK Educational (achievement transmission by video and use of iTunesU and YouTube)

・Production of video works like Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Plan❸ Improvement of contents

・Transmission of project research results on iTunesU (“Soils and Fertilizers, the true story” by Desertification in Afro-Eurasia project “Desertification and Livelihood in Semi-Arid Afro-Eurasia” (Project leader: Tanaka Ueru), available to browse in Japanese, English, Tai, Vietnam and Indonesian languages)

【Research and Development of Materials for Environmental Education】

Plan❶ Host a gathering

・Exchange meeting among Meitoku Elementary School students(4th grade) and Hokuryo Senior High School students (2nd grade) coordinated by RIHN and the Society for History and Culture of Iwakura(Sharing study results in the integrated learning period)

Plan❷ Development of materials for environmental education

・Questionnaire survey in Rakuhoku and Hokuryo Senior High School to hear opinions after class(February 23)

・Presentation entitled “Environmental Education with Environmental Humanics: Practice and Future Tasks” in the 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Environmental Education” and exchange views with practitioners and researchers (September 1-4)

・Open internet portal site “Eco Koto Manabo” mainly for environmental education practitioners with Environment department, Kyoto prefecture

【New Ideas and Values Creation through knowledge information networking】

Plan❶ Host a seminar

・“Knowledge Creation Seminar” for two times in collaboration with Osaka University and University of Shizuoka(Achievements of the seminar with University of Shizuoka will be published in RIHN Series during fiscal 2018.)

Plan❷ Survey with RIHN project members

・Local related seminar in the project commissioned from Himi city, Toyama Prefecture, with the area-capability project “Coastal Area-capability Enhancement in Southeast Asia” (Project Leader: Ishikawa Satoshi)


①Research Development of Achievement Transmission Technique in The Transdisciplinary Era

 ・We have searched the conservation condition of image contents cooperatively with Information Infrastructure Department, RIHN Center.

・A video work was presented to the public in the 32nd Symposium “How Transdisciplinary Research Facilitates Informatics and Humanities Research”, organized by National Institutes for the Humanities. 

・We are now proceeding with data conversion to be able to watch and preparing for release. 

②Research and Development of Materials for Environmental Education

・In combination with Kochi University of Technology, we planned and ran the “Kyoto Protocol 20th Anniversary Workshop: Let’s Think about Environmental Problems in Kyoto and Happy Society with Imaginary Future Generation!” in the annual event “Kyoto Environment Festival 2017”, organized by Kyoto Prefecture.

・At the same event, we held exhibition of the International Children’s Painting on the Environment and introduced totally 150 painting to the public.(December 9 and 10)

・We facilitated conference with inductees and exchange meeting with university and high school students in the 9th Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto.(February 10)

③New Ideas and Values Creation through knowledge information networking

・Miyazaki prefecture was entrusted with “Kikigaki (account of what one hears) project” as a new study program in Takachiho Public High School.  In this project, our division has conducted closely collaboration with the appropriate five towns and villages, Miyazaki prefecture and NPO to prepare manuals and publish “speaker’s profile book”.

○Project Members

ABE Ken-ichi ( Research Institute for Humanity and Nature,Professor,Ecological Anthropology )

NILES,Daniel ( Research Institute for Humanity and Nature,Associate Professor,Geography )

MIMURA Yutaka ( Research Institute for Humanity and Nature,Researcher,Architectural History, Urban History, Historical GIS )

SHIMADA Nahoko ( Research Institute for Humanity and Nature,Researcher,Study of Ecological thought )

KISHIMOTO Sayaka ( Research Institute for Humanity and Nature,Research Associate,International Collaboration Studies )

○Future Themes



Niles, Daniel 2018,04 Agricultural Heritage and Conservation Beyond the Anthropocene. Angela M. Labrador and Neil Asher Silberman (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice . Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190676315.013.2


【Editing / Co-editing】

Niles, Daniel (ed.) 2017,06 . 2016-2017 NIHU Prospectus. NIHU,

Niles, Daniel (ed.) 2017,05 . 2016-2017 RIHN Prospectus. RIHN,


【Original Articles】

D. Niles(with Sander van der Leeuw) 2018,02 The Material Order. The Technosphere Magazine (HKW Anthropocene Curriculum) .   https://technosphere-magazine.hkw.de/p/1a7e1f30-1d5c-11e8-8ba1-6dd0ffbf8f6a

D. Niles 2017 Learning from GIAHS landscapes. Japan Institute of Landscape Architecture 18(3):260-263. (in Japanese)

NILES Daniel, ROTH Robin 2016,05 Conservation of traditional agriculture as living knowledge systems, not cultural relics. Journal of Resources and Ecology 7(3):231-236. (reviewed).

【Review Articles】

D.Niles, M. Terada and E. Honda 2016 Anthropocene East Asia: The concept of the Anthropocene in the East Asian context. Concept piece for HKW 2017-2019 Anthropocene Curriculum..  http://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/pages/root/related-projects/anthropocene-east-asia/

Niles, Daniel 2016 Sputnik for our time. Editorial introducing contributions to the webpage documenting the seminar “Co-evolutionary Perspectives on the Technosphere” convened for The Anthropocene Campus II: Technosphere Issue, Haus der Kulturn der Welt (HKW), Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG). (reviewed).  http://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/pages/root/campus-2016/co-evolutionary-perspectives-on-the-technosphere/

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

Daniel, NILES Holistic models of agricultural sustainability. FEAST Annual Assembly, 2018.01.06-2018.01.06, RIHN,Kyoto.

Daniel, NILES Overlapping forms: linking material culture and environmental knowledge. , 2017.11.08-2017.11.08, Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, USA.

Niles, Daniel Essential elements: Tracing the tangible and intangible in landscapes.. Habitscape on Terra: Towards a mesological understanding of humanity and nature; Research colloquium on the themes of A. Berque’s “Histoire de l’habitat ideal”, 2017.03.16, RIHN, Kyoto.

Niles, Daniel Future Earth, Anthropocene Imaginaries, and Asia.. The 5th Workshop on Future Earth in Asia, hosted by the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia, 2017.01.23-2017.01.24, RIHN, Kyoto.

Niles, Daniel Anthropocene, material culture and environmental knowledge.. “Long-Term Sustainability through Place-Based, Small-Scale Economies” Final Project Meeting, 2017.01.08-2017.01.09, RIHN, Kyoto.

Niles, Daniel Conservation of living agricultural heritage: significance for the FEAST project.. FEAST Project Annual Assembly, 2017.01.07-2017.01.08, RIHN, Kyoto.

Niles, Daniel The Anthropocene as epistemological opportunity.. Landscapes of the Anthropocene; EHESS/RIHN International Colloquium, 2016.12.05-2016.12.08, Paris, France.

Niles, Daniel Living models of environmental knowledge.. Modeling Challenges for Sustainability: Future Earth Workshop for the project “Linking earth-system and socio-economic models to predict and manage changes in land use and biodiveristy”, 2016.09.28-2016.09.30, Kyoto, Japan. Sander van der Leeuw, Organizer.

Niles, Daniel Coevolutionary Approaches to the Technosphere: Material culture as a form of environmental knowledge.. Coevolutionary Approaches to the Technosphere; seminar of Anthropocene Campus II: Technosphere Issue, Haus der Kulturn der Welt (HKW), 2016.04.16, Berlin, Germany.

Niles, Daniel Coevolutionary Approaches to the Technosphere: Agriculture and environment.. Coevolutionary Approaches to the Technosphere; seminar of Anthropocene Campus II: Technosphere Issue, Haus der Kulturn der Welt (HKW), 2016.04.15, Berlin, Germany.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

Daniel, NILES Ecology, Aesthetics and the Anthropocene: Seeking the patterns of environmental knowledge. , 2018.03.20-2018.03.20, Department of Geography, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Daniel, NILES . commentator「Rethinking environmental praxis, disciplinarity, and sustainability: From the viewpoint of the Anthropocene in East Asia. Research Colloquium」, 2018.02.15-2018.02.15, RIHN,Kyoto. organized with Masahiro Terada and Yutaka Mimura

Daniel, NILES Beyond control: Agricultural heritage and the Anthropocene. Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond, 2017.11.06-2017.11.07, U.C. Berkeley, CA.

Daniel, NILES The return of nature: On the structure and aesthetics of environmental knowledge. , 2017.11.02-2017.11.02, Clark University.

Niles, Daniel . First KLASICA International Case Studies Symposium on Collective behavior change toward sustainable futures in Asian and Pacific Island and isolated communities., 2016.11.21-2016.11.24, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. (Invited Workshop)

Niles, Daniel The Anthropocene Agenda-Setting Workshop. Special joint workshop of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Haus der Kulturn der Welt (Berlin), and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam), 2016.07.05-2016.07.06, IASS, Potsdam, Germany. (Invited Workshop)

Niles, Daniel . Assessing resilience and ecosystem goods and services of GIAHS in selected rice systems in China and the Philippines, 2016.05.16-2016.05.19, Beijing, China. (Invited Workshop)