“Science and Society” Workshop (No. 1) in Hayama. May 3 and 4, 2014
Observational and Experimental Objects: Science Studies of Materials and Instruments in the Laboratory and the Field
In the past decades, experimental and observational aspects of science have been a subject of intense investigations in the history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology of science. One of the important trends in this area of investigations is the attention on the material aspects of experimental and observational practices. Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s works on experimental devices in life sciences are its paradigmatic examples. Recently in Japan, more scholars in history, sociology, and anthropology have also started this kind of research. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for these scholars and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger to discuss their works for further developments of this line of studies. Papers in this workshop discuss various aspects of experimental and observational devices, the material aspects of the laboratory, and the local environment of a research institute.
For more information, or to participate, please contact Kenji Ito ( ito_kenji [at] soken.ac.jp). Participants are expected to read pre-circulated materials before the workshop. There are a limited number of accommodations for the night of May 3.
14:00 Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) “On the Interfaces between Instruments and Scientific Objects in the History of Life Sciences”
15:00 Sho Morishita (Kyoto University) “Partial Commensurability: Translations between Multiple Observational Systems in Geophysics”
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Toshiyuki Tajima (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) , TBA.
10:00 Yoshiyuki Kikuchi (Sokendai) “The Chemical Laboratory as a Contact Zone at Tokyo University, 1885-1916″
11:00 Kenji Ito (Sokendai) “the Institute for Nuclear Study and its Neighborhood”
13:30 Wen-Hua Kuo (National Yang Ming University) Discussant
14:00 Akihito Suzuki (Keio University) Discussant
14:30 General Discussion