Historian of science and researcher of science and technology studies specialized in science and technology in modern Japan, especially physics. Currently interested in history and social studies of big science in Japan, in particular high-energy physics. Also interested in game studies and recent technologies in Japan, in particular robotics.
The journal of science policy and research management 29(2/3) 90-105 Nov 2014 [Refereed][Invited]
Superposing Dynamos and Electrons: Electrical Engineering and Quantum Physics in the Case of Nishina Yoshio,
Shaul Katzir, Christoph Lehner and Jürgen Renn, eds., Traditions and Transformations in the History of Quantum Physics, Berlin: Edition Open Access (Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge Studies Series) 183-208 2013 [Refereed][Invited]
Vor Astro Boy
Technikgeschichte 77(4) 353-372 Dec 2010 [Refereed]
Possibilities of Non-Commercial Games: The Case of Amateur Role-Playing Games Designers in Japan
Suzanne de Castell and Jeniffer Jenson eds., Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Games Research, New York: Peter Lang 129-142 2007 [Refereed]
Beyond Digital Game Studies: Where do game studies go when games are more than games?
Journal of Digital Games Research 1 34-45 2007 [Invited]
Gender and Physics in Early 20th Century Japan: Yuasa Toshiko's Case
Historia Scientiarum 14 118-138 2004 [Refereed]
Spreading the Tools of Theory: Feynman Diagrams in the United States, Japan, and the Soviet Union
David Kaiser, Kenji Ito, and Karl Hall
Social Studies of Science 32 879-922 2004 [Refereed]
Values of 'Pure Science': Nishina Yoshio's Wartime Discourse between Nationalism and Physics, 1940-1945
Historical Studies in Physical and Biological Sciences 33 61-86 2002 [Refereed]
Rudolf Clausius' Copy of Sadi Carnot's Reflexions: A New Look at Clausius' Access to Carnot's Work
Historia Scientiarum 6 31-36 1996 [Refereed]
The Geist in the Institute: Production of Quantum Theorists in Prewar Japan
David Kaiser, ed., Pedagogy and the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005) 151-184 2005 [Refereed][Invited]
Nov 2015 Historiography of Cultural Diversity in the History of Science
Session organized at HSS:
As the realm of the history of science expands to include geographical areas hitherto little known, historians of science with interests in scientific cultures find themselves faced more often with cultures unfamiliar to them. This widening of the scope offers a great opportunity, but it also poses some challenges. Cultural histories of science have their own pitfalls, especially when cultures in question are foreign. This session discusses historiographical issues related to writing cultural diversity in the history of science. By examining some case studies, this session explores how “cultures” have been written in the history of science, how the notion of “culture” caused problems in such studies, and how ways of looking at scientific cultures in history can be relevant to contemporary controversies related to “culture.”
Dec 2014 "Science and Society" Workshop No. 2: The Cold War and Sciencer
The Cold War is one of the most important periods in history of science for the "Science and Society " education at Sokendai. This period is crucial for understanding the subsequent course of science policies, and the Cold War provides many important cases for considering ethical questions arising in the interface betweeen science and society. Research on this topic is still on-going and being reexamined especially from the transnational perspective.
This workshop will be held on the occasion of the visit to Japan of two important scholars in this field, Susan Lindee and Betty Smocovitis. It is intended for the informal discussion of ongoing researches (works-in-progress) to contribute to future research and education on this theme. Other confirmed presenters include Masakatsu Yamazaki, Takeshi Kurihara, Jin Hamamura, Kaori Iida and Kenji Ito. Yoshiyuki Kikuchi will be the discussant of the workshop. The presentation and discussion language is English.
Venue: Conference Room No. 3, Shonan Village Center (Day 1)/Seminar Room (2nd floor), The Center for the Promotion of Integrated Sciences (CPIS), Hayama Campus, SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) (Day 2)
Nov 2014 Nuclear Legacies: Radiation Risk in Historical and Anthropological Perspectives, .
Session organized at Japan Society for STS Annual Meeting, November, 2014, Osaka University
May 2014 "Science and Society" Workshop No. 1: 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.
Nov 2012 Kenji Ito and Kapil Raj, “Cultural Identity and Trans-Nationality in the History of Science,”
Organized symposium at the 5th International Conference, European Society for the History of Science, 1-3, November 2012, Athens, Greece.