Workshop on Dis/continuities:

Nation-State Formation in Japan with Science, Technology, and Medicine during Imperialism, War, Occupation, and Peace, 1932-1962

9-5 Friday 29 May and 10-5 Saturday 30 May 2009

Room 2355 School of Public Affairs Building at 337 Charles E. Young Drive East, UCLA

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Workshop on Dis/continuities:

Nation-State Formation in Japan with Science, Technology, and Medicine

during Imperialism, War, Occupation, and Peace, 1932-1962

Our goal for this workshop is to explore historical debates about the

dis/continuities in Japanese nation-state formation from 1932 to 1962.

Conventionally, a sharp distinction has been made between the

imperial/colonial/military period to 1945 and the post-war process of

reconstruction and development. Similarly, wartime and peacetime

projects in science, technology, and medicine often are sharply

juxtaposed. In this workshop we will examine this set of assumptions,

using one to probe the other.

The period 1932 to 1962 ranges from the 1932 establishment of a

Japanese colony in Manchuria to the First Comprehensive National

Development Plan in 1962. A focus on these three decades together

enables us to carefully examine the debates about dis/continuities.

The speakers will analyze the designs, practices, and discourses about

diverse Japanese government medical, technological and scientific

projects during this period.

Clearly, science, technology, and medicine have been crucial for

imperial and colonial expansion, wartime mobilization, occupation, and

postwar reconstruction and development in several countries. We raise

these questions about that process in Japan:

* How are science, technology, and medicine invoked in nativist,

essentialist, religious, nationalist, and modernist debates about

nation-state projects?

* How have science, technology, and medicine been used by the

nation-state to rationalize and construct wartime, colonial, and

peacetime projects?

* How are class, gender, ethnicity, and race implicated in these

scientific, technological, and medical projects?

* How has Japan been engaged with other countries on these projects?

* How are these practices and discourses situated similarly and

differently in Japan from related practices in other countries?


UCLA Paul and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, San Francisco Office

Southern California Colloquium for the

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Friday Morning 29 May

Moderator: Sharon Traweek, UCLA

9am Welcoming Remarks

Seiji Takeda, Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,

San Francisco Office, USA

9:15am Friday Morning, 29 May

Keynote Address: Situating the Dis/continuities Debate

Shigeru Nakayama, UCLA Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations, USA,

and Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

[no host]

Jimmys Coffee House at Lu Valle Commons, UCLA

10:30 Friday Morning, 29 May

Engineering, Empire, War, and Peace

Aaron Moore, Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA & Arizona State

Total War, Colonial Engineers and the Precursors of Postwar

“Comprehensive National Land Planning”

Min Suh Son, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Teaching Technology in Colonial Korea

Daqing Yang, George Washington University, USA

Matsumae Shigeyoshi and Japanese Technological Mobilization

Takashi Nishiyama, State University of New York [SUNY] at Brockport, USA

War and Peace for Engineers

Discussant: Soraya de Chadarevian, History Dept. and

Center for Society & Genetics, UCLA

12: 30 Lunch

Lu Valle Commons or North Campus Student Center, UCLA [no host]

2pm Friday Afternoon 29 May

Moderator: Michiko Takeuchi, UCLA/CSULB

Science, Empire, War, and Peace

Hiromi Mizuno, University of Minnesota, USA

Scientific Nationalism and Postcolonial Development

Dong-won Kim, Boston, USA

The Legacy of Japanese Science in Korea, 1931-1961

Tsukahara Togo, Kobe University, Japan

Jesuit Meteorologists vs. Japan’s Imperial Weathermen:

A note on the history of meteorology

on the southern frontier of Japan’s Empire

Shigeo Kato, Waseda University, Japan

Constructing Racial Differences:

Psychiatric Researches in Colonial Taiwan and other Japanese colonies

Discussant: Sabine Fruhstuck,

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara,

5-7pm Friday Afternoon, 29 May

Relax together at UCLA Northern Lights Cafe [no host]

10am Saturday morning 30 May:

Moderator Aaron Moore, UCLA/ASU

Body Politic, Public Health, and Nation-State Formation

Sumiko Otsubo, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota, USA

Emperor, Family, and Scientific Modernity:

The 1940 Passage of the National Eugenics Law

Kei-ichi Tsuneishi, Kanagawa University, Japan

TB research in the Japanese Imperial Army

Sakino Takahashi, Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University

Change in the industrial structure and gender/sexuality: discovery of

contemporary “sex/gender difference” by public health

Michiko Takeuchi, UCLA & California State University, Long Beach

Pan-Pan Girls & GIs: Japan-U.S. Military Prostitution System in

Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

Discussant: Mariko Tamanoi, Anthropology, UCLA, USA

12:30 Lunch

Lu Valles/Jimmys Coffee House/North Campus Student Center [no host]

2pm Saturday afternoon 30 May

Moderator: Shigeru Nakayama, UCLA

Documenting and Remembering the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

James Yamazaki, Emeritus Professor, UCLA

The US Atomic Bomb Medical Team: Collecting evidence in Hiroshima

and Nagasaki in collaboration with Japanese researchers

Yukuo Sasamoto, Society for the Study of the History of the US Occupation

of Japan: Investigation of the Effects of the Atomic Bomb

Kaoru Narisada, Hiroshima University, Japan

On the movement for establishing the Hiroshima Literature Museum: 1987-2009

3pm Saturday afternoon, 30 May

Moderator: Shigeru Nakayama, UCLA

Sharon Traweek, History and Womens Studies, UCLA, USA


Historically Situating Technoscience Projects of the 60s & 70s

3:25-4pm Future Plans Discussion Moderator: Aaron Moore, UCLA & ASU

4-5pm Saturday afternoon, 30 May Informal Discussion:

Jimmys Coffee House at Lu Valle Commons, UCLA [no host]