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The Australian National University

Ms Shiori Shakuto

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology


Thesis Title: Waste, recycle or a life: Materiality of ageing among the Japanese retirement migrants in Malaysia


My project examines the materiality of life among the elderly Japanese who have moved to Malaysia upon their retirement. My experiece-based ethnography tries to capture the process of their becoming in later-life through shifting affective and sensorial engagements with the everyday material environment of Japan and Malaysia. It seeks to advance our understanding of how particular embodied practices – senses, materiality and emotions – intersect in the experience of migration and ageing.


Research Interests: Senses, Materiality, Affect, Migration, Ageing, Urban Anthropology, and Japan.


Zuckerman, Ghil’ad, Shakuto-Neoh, Shiori and Quer, Giovanni Matteo. (2014) Native tongue title. Australian Aboriginal Studies 1: 55-71.

Shakuto-Neoh, Shiori. (2014) Japan’s elderly in Malaysia, like shooting stars in the twilight’. East Asia Forum.

Selected Conferences, Seminars and Invited Lectures

'Queering temporality: rethinking time in/from the anthropology of ageing', Panel co-convened with Ben Hegarty, Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Melbourne, December 2015. 

‘Bodily entanglements: sensorial and material productions of the social’, Panel co-convened with Ben Hegarty, IUAES Conference, Bangkok, July 2015.

‘Bodies in motion: Japanese retirement migration to Malaysia’. Invited seminar, the Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU Crawford School, 31 Oct 2014.

‘Sensuous bodies: Japanese retirement migration to Malaysia’. Paper presentation at a panel, ‘“In” and “Out” of Japan: Rethinking East Asian Mobility through the Lens of Affect’, AAS-in-Asia Conference, NUS, 17-19 Jul 2014.

‘Bodily ways to healing: Singing among the elderly Japanese community in Malaysia’. Paper presentation at a panel, ‘The Sensory Experience of Suffering and Healing’, IUAES Conference, Chiba, Japan. 15-18 May 2014.

‘Sensuous cling wrap: Gender among the transnational Japanese retirees in Malaysia’. Paper presentation at the postgraduate panel, Australian Anthropological Society Annual Conference, ANU, 08 Dec 2013.

‘Poetics and politics of ethnography’. Invited guest lecture, Language and Ethnography, University of Adelaide. 28 Aug 2012.

Selected Awards and Grants

University of Cambridge Evans Fellowship, 2015 - 2016

Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2015

ANU PhD Scholarship, 2013-2016

Shibusawa Fund for Ethnological Studies International Conference Grant, 2011

The Carter Center YKK Research Scholarship, 2010-2011

United World College Scholarship, 2004-2006


Executive, ANU Japan Institute, 2013-2015

Community Coordinator, ANU Burgmann College, 2013





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