CFP, Workshop in the history of East Asian science (Cardiff, Sept 2019)

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With the usual apologies for cross posting, please find the following call for proposals:


CFP: The Japanese Scientist in Japan and in the World


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:


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 30th June. Participants will be requested to complete a 2500 word draft (or equivalen) 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 posdoctoral students. Please forward this call to anyone you feel may be interested. Thanks very much!

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

We’d like to draw subscribers’ attention to the extended deadline for the workshop, ‘The Japanese Scientist In Japan & In The World’: submissions will now be accepted until the 10th of July.

For further details of the workshop please see the original post, or the project website: We would like to stress the fact that, through the funding of the UK’’s UKRI funding body, all participants’ accommodation will be covered, and a contribution will be made towards their travel costs, so we hope to be able to support participants who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Dr Ian Rapley,
Dr Ruselle Meade,
Cardiff University.