Objectives of IRIS

This project runs for five years and aims to investigate what drives and sustains past and present cultural diversity in global human society, with a central focus on the role of indigenous cultural traditions, and on indigenous historical and cultural heritage. It is led from the Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies at Hokkaido University in Japan, and incudes partner institutions in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. Through workshops, coordinated research activities and extensive international exchanges efforts we will make progress on key issues and train a new generation of researchers via the establishment of new academic exchange and mentoring system that involves both Japanese and overseas research institutes.