Blai Guarné Cabello

  Teaching and Research Staff

Blai Guarné Cabello

Department of Translation and Interpretation & East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies Associate Professor

Secretary of the East Asian Studies & Research Center (CERAO)

Coordinator of the Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies


Contact details

  • Office: K/1025
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: + 34 93 581 3381
  • Office hours: Tuesday 16.00-17.30 h & Thursday 13.30-15.00 h.



East Asian Studies, BA

Official Master's Degree in International Relations, Security and Development(MURISD)


Grups de recerca


Research Areas

  • East Asian Culture, Thought and Interculturality
  • Anthropology of Japan
  • East Asian Society
  • Postcolonial and Cultural Studies


Selected publications

Guarné, Blai. 2015. “Cultural Intersections: Ambivalence and Hybridity in Japanese Katakana”, J. Ertl et al. (eds.) Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan. Kanazawa University Center for Cultural Resource Studies, pp. 165-181.

Guarné, Blai and Shinji Yamashita (eds.) 2015. “Japan in Global Circulation: Transnational Migration and Multicultural Politics.” Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan kenkyū hōkoku 国立民族学博物館研究報告 National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Japan, Special Issue, 40 (1), 2015. (link)

Guarné, Blai. 2013. “Configuraciones socio-espaciales japonesas: Aproximación tentativa a la polaridad uchi-soto,” Anales del Museo Nacional de Antropología XV/2013. Museo Nacional de Antropología, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, pp. 102 - 119. (link)

Guarné, Blai and Paul Hansen (eds.) 2012 & 2013. “Escaping Japan: Inside and Outside,” PAN-JAPAN: The International Journal of Japanese Diaspora. Illinois State University, 8 (1-2) & 9 (1-2).

Guarné, Blai. 2012. “The World is a Room: Beyond Centers and Peripheries in the Global Production of Anthropological Knowledge,” Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 63: 8–19. (link)

Guarné, Blai. 2010. “The Japanese Oxymoron: A Historical Approach to the Orientalist Representation of Japan,” I. Lopez-Calvo (ed.) One World Periphery Reads the Other: Knowing the “Oriental” in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 309-329.

Guarné, Blai (ed.) 2006. Identitat i representació cultural: perspectives des del Japó. Revista d'Etnologia de Catalunya , 29. (link)



Sakai, Naoki. 2010. “Comentario sobre ‘Capitalismo cognitivo y educación: nuevas fronteras’ de Yann Moulier Boutang,” B. de Bary (ed.) 2015. Las universidades en traducción: El trabajo intelectual de la globalización. Edicions Bellaterra, pp. 379-382. [“Comment on Yann Moulier Boutang’s ‘Cognitive Capitalism and Education: New Frontiers’,” B. de Bary (ed.) 2010. Universities in Translation: The Mental Labor of Globalization. Hong Kong University Press, pp. 337-340]



Convenor Section 5b: Media Studies, European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
Officer of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS) & Co-Editor-in-Chief of the JAWS Newsletter

Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Book Series ‘Biblioteca de Estudios Japoneses’

Coordinator of the Spanish Edition of ‘TRACES: Estudios Multilingües de Teoría Cultural y Traducción’

Commission for Universities-Research, Pla Japó 2016-2019, Catalan Government.

PhD Programme in Translation and Intercultural Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Monbukagakusho: MEXT Scholarship, Japanese Government 

Campus d'excel·lència internacional U A B