Workshop Programme

This is the second workshop in the AHRC/ESRC funded project The Japanese Scientist In Japan & In The World, hosted by Carrdiff University on the 9th-10th September, 2019.

Venue: Room 0.65, Main Building

Convenors: Ito Kenji, SOKENDAI; Ruselle Meade, Cardiff University; Ian Rapley, Cardiff University

Monday 9th September

10:15-10:45 Coffee & Tea

10:45-11:00 Welcome and Introduction

11:00-12:30 Session One: Science in Society:

  • Ruselle Meade – The mass-market periodical in the construction of Japanese scientists’ public personae
  • Matthew Foreman – Scientism  in China 1900-1949
  • Kevin Richardson – The Activist Scientist: Scientists, Engineers, and Industrial Pollution in 1970s Japan

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Session Two: Keynote speech Victoria Lee – A  Study of East Asian Fermentation Chemistry: Asia’s Microbial Gardens and Japanese Knowledge’

3:30-4:00 Coffee and Tea

4:00-5:30 Session Three: Colonial and postcolonial science:

  • Daqing Yang – Colonial Scientist, International Connections: Endō Ryūji between Manchuria and America
  • Simon Yin  – Otsuki Yoshiro’s Seaweed Adventure in China
  • Park Seohyun – Colonial Science in the postcolonial world: Kajiyama’s hydrology programme in post-colonial Korea

Evening: Dinner, venue tbc.

Tuesday 10th September

10:30-11:00 Coffee and reassemble

11:00-12:30 Session Four: The Physico-Mathematical Sciences

  • Ito Kenji – Takeuchi Tokio and Albert Einstein: From a Physicist to a Public Intellectual and the Changing Role of the Scientist in Interwar Japan
  • Harald Kümmerle  – The circulation of knowledge and its institutionalization: resonance in the case of mathematics in Japan
  • Ian Rapley – From skepticism to acceptance: the reception of Hideki Yukawa’s Meson Theory

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Session Five: Transnational networks and connections

  • Mary Brazelton – Reconsidering Sino-Japanese Relationships in Microbiological Research, 1910s-30s
  • Aya Homei – Japanese medical scientists in the transnational population control movement, 1940s-60s
  • Betty Smocovitis – “The Devil’s Heritage””: Kodani and social stratification at the ABCC

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 Session Six: Conclusions – East Asia in the Global History of Science

Evening Dinner, venue TBC


Non-participant attendance is welcome (& free), but it would be very helpful if you could contact the convenors in advance in order that we can better manage refreshments, etc.

If you have any questions please contact Ian Rapley,

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