Mark Watson

I joined the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University as Assistant Professor in July 2008 but had first moved to Montreal in 2006 to take up a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identities, in the Department of Anthropology, McGill University. There I developed my work on Indigenous Ainu in Tokyo in terms of thinking about Urban Indigenous Studies as a coherent (sub-)field of anthropological research. I did my doctoral work in Anthropology at the University of Alberta between 2000-2005 two years of which I spent doing fieldwork as Visiting Researcher at the Institute for International Culture, Showa Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan. I also spent 8 months at the Centre for Japanese Research, Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. My doctoral thesis (2006) was entitled Kanto Resident Ainu and the Urban Indigenous Experience.


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Faculty of Art and Science
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Concordia University



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