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総合研究大学院大学 先導科学研究科 准教授
Ph. D.(2002 Harvard University)

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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.





Books and Other Publications

  • 遠藤 雅伸, 久保 雅一, 新 清士, 川端 裕人, 井上 明人, 伊藤 憲二, 土居 純, 三淵 啓自, 鈴木 健, 森田 沙保里, 山根 信二, 松山 遥, 公文 俊平
    国際大学グローバル・コミュニケーション・センター  12 20, 2006 (ISBN: 4904305035) 
  • Cassidy, David Charles, 伊藤, 憲二(Role: Joint translator)(Original Author(s): デヴィッド・C. キャシディ)
    白揚社  1998 (ISBN: 482690083X) 
  • SASAKi Chikara(Role: Contributor, Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics)
    Iwanami Shoten  1995 (ISBN: 4000105418) 



Research Projects



  • 3 2019 - 3 2019
    The Birth of the Kagakusha: aims and objectives Co-organized with Ian Rapley and Ruselle Meade There is a body of work (e.g. Cantor et al,2004; Lightman, 2007) outlining how in Europe public experiments, popular writing, and other activities not only helped to establish the idea of science as a practice and a means of acquiring knowledge about the world, it also helped to establish the social category of practitioners – scientists -defining what they did, their role in society, and the right to speak as experts in the public square. However nations beyond Europe and America came to this developing process in a different context – without the prior tradition of natural philosophy, and with the explicit sense of the knowledge base and surrounding set of institutions as foreign in origin. Thus, the first Japanese scientists were faced not only with the challenge of defining and justifying their position in domestic society, they also had to make transnational links to access bodies of knowledge, and the work they did to popularise science had a distinctly foreign dimension. The first Japanese to engage with modern Western science were the Rangakusha, scholars operating largely
  • 11 2018 - 11 2018
    Co-Organized with Maria Rentetzi Friday, 9 November 2018 9:00 OPENING BY KENJI ITO, MARIA RENTETZI AND AMY SLATON SESSION 1 (CHAIR: AMY SLATON) 9:30-10:15 Barbara Curli, University of Turin Euratom's Fusion Diplomacy: Cold War Politics and European Integration, 1958-1971 10:15-11:00 Anna Åberg, Chalmers University of Technology Saving the World Through International Nuclear Collaboration: ITER and the History of Nuclear Fusion Diplomacy 11:00-11:30 BREAK SESSION 2 (CHAIR: MATTHEW ADAMSON) 11:30-12:15 Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis, National Kapodistrian University of Athens Maria Rentetzi, National Technical University of Athens From Lobbyists to Backstage Diplomats: How Insurers in the Field of Third Party Nuclear Liability Shaped Science Diplomacy 12:15-13:30 LUNCH MEETING OPEN-TO-THE PUBLIC SESSION (CHAIR: KENJI ITO) VENUE: SOKENDAI, MAIN BUILDING 103/104 13:50-14:00 WELCOMING ADDRESS BY KENTARO ARIKAWA, CHAIR, THE DEPARTMENT OF EVOLUTIONARY STUDIES OF BIOSYSTEMS, SOKENDAI 14:00-15:00 Masakatsu Yamazaki, Tokyo Institute of Technology China’s Nuclear Tests and ‘Atoms for Peace’ as a Measure for Preventing Nuclear Arma
  • 6 2018 - 6 2018
    1. Introduction (Welcome Address) by Dr. Kenji ITO10:30 – 11:00 2. Nozomi MIZUSHIMA, Assistant Professor, SOKENDAI 3. Jongmin LEE, Assistant Professor, UST 4. Walter E. Grunden, Visiting Researcher, SOKENDAI, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University 5. Zae-Young GHIM, Full-time Lecturer, KAIST 6. Yasu FURUKAWA, Visiting Researcher, SOKENDAI 7. Yeonsil KANG, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Catholic University of Korea 8. Kenji ITO, Associate Professor, SOKENDAI 9. Wonseok HAN, UST Student 10. Youngsun JANG, UST Student 11. Closing Remarks by Dr. Jongmin LEE
  • 7 2017 - 7 2017
    Venue: 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, July 23-29, Rio de Janeiro Abstract: One of the central features of science, technology and medicine is the purported agility with which these inquiries leap across cultural borders. Investigating the transmission of knowledge requires that we consider relations between the local and the global. Conversely, articulating the local and the global requires that issues raised by the circulation of knowledge be addressed. Since the 18th century, historians of science and technology have raised questions, not only about how knowledge originates, but also how knowledge gets from one part of the world to another. Presently, scholars tend to presume knowledge is produced locally and that what is known becomes global only after it travels to other places. Concurrently, scholars realize that what counts as a successful transmission of knowledge is closely connected with our assumptions about possible relations between the global and the local. Various models have been proposed to explain how knowledge travels: transmission, diffusion, circulation, dissemination,