CFP: The Japanese Scientist in Japan and in the World

September 9-10, 2019, Cardiff, UK

Applications are invited for a workshop on the history of science in Japan and East Asia seen from a global perspective. The workshop, to be held at Cardiff University on the 9th and 10th September 2019, forms a part of the UKRI sponsored project, The Japanese Scientist In Japan & In The World, which seeks to establish a basis for a global history of science in Japan & East Asia.

The project aims to place the history of science in Japan and East Asia into a global context, making use of both comparative and transnational approaches to ask what the history of science can offer East Asian studies, and how East Asian cases inform the wider history of science. Scientific knowledge makes claims to universality, and yet the institutions and networks which support its production have historically been profoundly Western in their origins and leadership. Over the last hundred or so years, Japan and, increasingly, other East Asian nations have proven notable for their successful entry to these scientific networks: what do their examples tell us about the broad history of science?

Following on from a first workshop, The Birth of the Kagakusha (Sokendai, 30 March 2019), which explored the emergence of the scientist as a social and professional category in Japanese society, this workshop will examine how transnational connections and encounters shaped the emergence of the scientist in Japan and East Asia as a category in both national and international contexts.

The purpose of this workshop is to examine how transnational connections and encounters shaped the emergence and practice of scientists from East Asia, faced with the predominantly Western networks of science in which they sought to participate. Although the primary focus of the workshop is Japan and Japanese scientists, we are also interested in other East Asian cases, and welcome papers focusing on other locations or those with a comparative dimension. For further details and a fuller discussion of the themes of the workshop, please see the project webpage.

Call for papers

The workshop funding will provide accommodation & subsistence, and will make a contribution to travel costs. (Please do not hesitate to contact the workshop organisers with any queries you may have regarding this, or other matters.)

Please send applications consisting of a 250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper and a brief author background, to by the 10th July. Participants will be requested to complete a 2500 word draft (or equivalent) for circulation amongst the attendees in advance of the workshop in order to facilitate discussion.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from early career researchers, PhD and postdoctoral students. Please forward this call to anyone you feel may be interested. Thanks very much, and apologies for cross-posting.

Workshop convenors: Dr Ruselle Meade, Dr Ian Rapley, Cardiff University, UK.

Deadline: July 10, 2019

Posted: June 12, 2019