・Ethnographic and historical study on post-genomic biology (chemical biology, proteomics, systems biology, bioinformatics) as well as on the interface between computer science and life sciences (drug discovery) in Japan and other countries.
・Sociological and political analysis of the management of big scientific projects such as space and data sciences.
・Comparative studies on the interface between the scientific practice and various forms of creative practices such as design, art, architecture and film making.
School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, 153-8902, Tokyo, JAPAN
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KUDOS information for the outline publications. See also Major Works(academia edu, researchgate).
To be published
A draft for the catalog of the experimental installation Synchronicity by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsuyoshi Hisakado @ Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Tomiko Yamaguchi (ICU) and I have published an edited book, The Sociology of Forecasting: Simulation, Prediction, Society, from The University of Tokyo Press, in Japanese) regarding the diverse roles and functions played by a variety of different forecasting models and discourses that eventually create society itself.
A new book of mine, Factory of Truth: A Social Study of Contemporary Science (in Japanese) has been published from The University of Tokyo Press, discussing diverse aspects of life sciences and drug discovery practices in the range of laboratory to policy process. Here more details.
A new homepage for the publications from Tokyo U
My book, Ecology of Learning (2010), is introduced here.
Published on line now!
My paper on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendor, "Sick Bodies and the Political Body" has been published on line as part of the catalog of the exhibition, 2 or 3 Tigers
(by Anselm Franke and Hyunjin Kim ) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin. See Major Works
The Experimental Zone of Learning: Mapping the Dynamics of Everyday Experiment,
Mind, Culture and Activity see Major Works
(Discussing the innovative concept of EZL: Experimental Zone of Learning as the specific free space of experimentability embedded in our everyday life)
Presentation (to come)
The Enduring Spell of Tacit Knowing?: Data science and its discontents in the managerial and policy landscape of Japan, in the panel, The Domains of Data Science: Science, Industry & State, chaired by G. Bowker, along with D. Ribes, R. Williams, S. Wyatt, et al. @ 4S, Boston, August. 2017.
With Dr Jane Calvert (the University of Edinburgh), we had an informal meeting for discussing the current dynamics of synthetic biology and other issues in Japan and the UK.
Another Meaning of "Experimentation": What to Think of Learning on the Spot. ＠Annual meeting of the Department of Physiotherapy at Aino University, Osaka.
Sick Bodies and the Political Body: The Political Sociology of Apichatpong Weerasethakul,
in Y. Kaneko ed.(2016) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, (in Japanese) On the English version, see Major Works
(Focusing on Apichatpong's latest Cemetery of Splendour, for the analysis of its deep-rooted political connotation related to his concern of of the Thai polity; See also my Corpus Mysticum paper below on the related topic)
Dr Mai Suzuki from our laboratory has successfully published her PhD dissertation.
An Ethnography of Forensic Science: Practices in the Forensic Laboratories of New Zealand,
(2017), Tokyo: The University of Tokyo Press. (in Japanese)
This is the first comprehensive laboratory study written in Japanese, and probably the first of this sort on the issue of forensic laboratories in the global context as well.
With Prof Stephen Hilgartner (Cornell University) and Dr Niki Vermeulen (Edinburgh University, a special guest), we had a one-day workshop on the dynamics of genomic science and systems biology in the contemporary society.
On Threshold: the Construction of the Social in Institutions @ Tokyo University of Arts and Design
(in response to Anselm Franke, visiting Tokyo for lectures)
A Step Towards Infrastructural Esthetics (in T012. The Event of the Public: Convolutions of Aesthetic and Epistemic Practice), EASST/4S Conference, Barcelona See Major Works
Now fully published
See Major Works
The work of Dr Ryosuke Kuramoto (from our lab) on Burmese religion and society has been featured in Yomiuri Newspaper.
With Prof Harro van Lente (University of Maastricht), our research group (Forecasting and Society) has had two days workshop, followed by a joint seminar with Prof Yashiro's lab on innovation studies at IIS, The University of Tokyo (20-22, July, 2016).
Prof Alessandro Mongili (Padova Univeristy) will give a talk on knowledge infrastructure, at the Institute of Industrial Science (Komaba II capmpus). 24 May, 2016.
Open lecture series by Prof Geoffrey Bowker (University of California, Irvine) @ Komaba, Tokyo U.
A talk show on Cemetery of Splendor
A public talk show was held at Image Forum (Shibuya) on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's (winner of Palme d'Or at Canne) Cemetery of Splendor with Yuko Hasegawa (chief curator of the Museum of the Contemporary Art).
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