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R.I.P. Arne Kalland

Posted on | October 23, 2012 | Comments Off

It is with great regret that I pass on the news that, after a long illness, my one-time colleague, co-author, and stubborn comrade-at-arms, Arne Kalland, died on October 18th. He was 67 years old.

Many of you will know Arne only by name through his exemplary work on fishing, whaling, and the environment. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have met him will also remember his piercing gaze, his wicked humour, and his uncompromising stance towards scholarship. He was the best fieldworker I have ever come across and it was both a pleasure and a challenge to work with him. Most importantly, he instilled in me – and I’m sure in many of you who knew him – a desire and determination to learn, and learn more. To say that we shall miss him, as I do, is a banality, perhaps, but the anthropology of Japan is the poorer for his being no longer among us.

Brian Moeran

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