Past Event

Science and Society in Global Asia Workshop

April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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International Affairs Building (Room 918), Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, New York

Event Description:

What can knowledge of connected histories of Asia offer the field of science and technology studies (STS)? How might studying the various exchanges and mutually constitutive encounters between local knowledge and modern science/medicine--or between competing views of one or the other--contribute to conceptual and empirical development of STS? How do such encounters push us to rethink the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized, the modern and the traditional, and the scientific and “unscientific”? This workshop will further the ongoing debate on decentering STS from Western contexts by inviting a group of researchers to explore the globalizing, heterogeneous, syncretic, and plural facets of connected histories of science and society across Asia. Building on a wide range of recent scholarship in the history of science and medicine, this workshop seeks new conceptual vocabularies that neither fully universalize nor fully provincialize the experiences of “East” or “West.”

Event Speakers:

This event features Marwa Elshakry and Eugenia Lean, Co-Leaders of the Global Histories of Science Research Cluster.

Please visit the event webpage for a full speaker list. 

Event Information:

Free and open to the public. This event runs Friday, April 12 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday, April 13 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, all at Columbia University.