Science and Technology in Asia

The Science and Technology in Asia seminar series features talks on critical historical and contemporary issues in science, technology, medicine, and the environment in East, South, and Southeast Asia. It showcases some of the most exciting recent work in the humanities and social sciences that interrogates the place of the scientific and the technological in Asia and the place of Asia in our ideas and practices of science and technology.

This seminar series was founded in fall 2018 through the generous sponsorship of the Harvard University Asia Center. We now meet over Zoom roughly every other Tuesday, 10:30–11:45 am ET, during both fall and spring terms.

Poster of fall 2022 Science and Technology in Asia seminar series, featuring the ten speakers and their talk titles.

Upcoming Talks

September 20, 2022 | Tamara Fernando | "Diving for Pearls: Embodied Knowledge(s) in the History of Ocean Science" | Register

October 4, 2022 | Yulia Frumer | "Agency and Ethics in Japanese Robotics Engineering" | Register

October 18, 2022 | Celia Lowe | "Viral Sovereignty: Security and Mistrust in the Indonesian H5N1 Influenza Outbreak" | Register

October 25, 2022 | Chia-Ling Wu | "Making Multipe Babies: The Anticipatory Governance of Assisted Reproduction in Japan and Taiwan" | Register

November 1, 2022 | Lan Li | "Sea Shells: Metaphor, Anatomy, and Epistemology of Brainlessness" | Register

November 8, 2022 | Julia Adeney Thomas | "Frameworks for the Future: The Environment, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene" | Register RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 13

November 15, 2022 | Youjung Shin | "Controlling the Mind for Welfare in South Korea: Classroom, Computer, and Drug, 1960s–2010s" | Register

November 22, 2022 | Sarah Mellors Rodriguez | "Birth Control and Abortion in China" | Register

November 29, 2022 | Banu Subramaniam | "Botany and the Afterlives of Empire" | Register

December 6, 2022 | Lilly Irani | "Innovators and Their Others" | Register

December, 2022 | Julia Adeney Thomas | "Frameworks for the Future: The Environment, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene" | Register
 

Previous Talks

May 17, 2022 | Charu Singh | "Biography as the History of Science: Figurations of the Scientist in Colonial North India, 1915–1930"

May 3, 2022 | Faizah Zakaria | "Camphor, Celluloid, and Creating the Indigenous in the Dutch East Indes and Taiwan"

April 19, 2022 | Albert Park | "The Ecology of Authority: Agricultural Science and Destruction in Modern Korea"

April 5, 2022 | Raja Adal | "The Print Sublime: Global Scripts in the Age of Mechanical Writing"

March 22, 2022 | Yuko Fujigaki | "Lessons from Fukushima: Japanese Case Studies on Science, Technology, and Society"

March 8, 2022 | Howard Chiang | "Transcultural Freud: Psychoanalysis in the Sinophone Pacific"

February 8, 2022 | Iwo Amelung | "The Localization of Meterology and Climate Science during China's Republican Era"

January 25, 2022 | Florence Hsia | "From Illiterates to Sinologists: Indexing Chinese"

December 14, 2021 | Carla Nappi | "How to Come Apart: Decomposing a History of Translation in China"

December 7, 2021 | Jisoo Kim | "Suspicious Deaths: Forensic Medicine, Dead Bodies, and Criminal Justice in Eighteenth-Century Korea"

November 30, 2021 | Hongong Tinn | "Manufacturing Electronics in Taiwan, 1966⁠–⁠1975: Emulation, Innovation, and Entreprenurship"

November 9, 2021 | Juno Salazar Parreñas | "Pronouns for an Apocalyptic Future"

October 26, 2021 | Victoria Lee | "The Arts of the Microbial World: Fermantation Science in Twentieth-Century Japan"

October 12, 2021 | Debjani Bhattacharyya | "Insuring Weather: Climate Futures Past in the Indian Ocean World"

September 28, 2021 | Yangyang Cheng | "'Those Who Fall Behind Get Beaten Up': Can Science Build a Strong China?"

September 14, 2021 | Elizabeth Chatterjee | "The Sun's Two Faces: Solar Power in India, 1877–⁠⁠2021

May 11, 2021 | Claire Edington | "Drugs, Willpower, and the Biopolitics of Addiction in Colonial Vietnam"

May 4, 2021 | Thomas Mullaney | "The Chinese BIOS Sphere: How East Asian Computing Hacked Modernity"

April 20, 2021 | Todd Henry | "Layer Matters: Medical Authority, Body Conformity, and Intersex Livelihood in Cold War South Korea"

April 6, 2021 | Ruselle Meade | "The Kyūri-bon Boom and the Public Perception of Science in Early-Meiji Japan"

March 30, 2021 | Asif Siddiqi | "'Practically No Habitation': The Yanadi Community and the Colonial Violence of Spaceflight"

March 2, 2021 | Shellen Wu | "Mapping Science in a Global Age: The Human Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge"

February 16, 2021 | Yumi Kim | "Madness in the Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Family: Writing Away from Psychiatry"

November 4, 2019 | Projit Bihari Mukharji | "Between the Yogi and the Commissar: Imagining Decolonial Science in Postcolonial India, 1952–1977"

October 7, 2019 | Jung Lee and Hyungsub Choi | "Thinking with Technology from the History of Korea"

September 23, 2019 | Susan Burns | "Sexual Assault and the Evidential Body: Forensic Medicine, Gender, and the Courts in Modern Japan"

April 15, 2019 | Dagmar Schäfer | "Lists, Local Gazetteers, and the True Lies of Premodern China's Patterns of Social Mobility"

March 11, 2019 | Jennifer Robertson | "Digital Hormones: Emotional Humanoids and Spiritual Humans"

February 11, 2019 | Jayita Sarkar | "The First Battlefield of Western Nuclear Competition: India and Light Water Reactors, 1955–1963"

November 19, 2018 | Soyoung Suh | "Breast, Cancer, and Women in Korea, 1800–1930s"

October 15, 2018 | Suzanne Moon | "Reporting Indonesia's Green Revolution"

September 17, 2018 | Marta Hanson | "Heaven and Earth Are Within One's Grasp (Qian Kun zai wo 乾坤在握): The Handy Mind in Late Imperial Chinese Medicine"

ST in Asia - Spring 2022

ST in Asia - Fall 2021