“Where Is East Asia in STS?” contributes to the ongoing conversation about the distinctiveness of East Asian STS (see also, e.g., Anderson 2009; Chen 2012; Fan 2007, 2012; Fu 2007; Tsukahara 2009). The authors, Wen-yuan Lin and John Law, observe that consideration of this issue has an inherently reflexive dimension, since thinking about East Asian STS as a field is entangled with how the field is able to imagine its objects of study and its own knowledge practices as well as those it studies. Specifically, they suggest that studies committed to a universalistic understanding of science will also enact a universalizing STS, while studies oriented to differences will also enact differences in their own practices. They proceed to characterize several types of approaches: diffusion, distortion, circulation, localizing, translation, and softening. The latter half, they...
A Disparate Multiplicity: Response to “Where Is East Asia in STS?”
Casper Bruun Jensen is specially appointed associate professor at Osaka University and honorary lecturer at Leicester University. He is the author of Ontologies for Developing Things (2010) and Monitoring Movements in Development Aid (with Brit Ross Winthereik) (2013) and the editor of Deleuzian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology with Kjetil Rödje (2009) and Infrastructures and Social Complexity with Penny Harvey and Atsuro Morita (2016). His present work focuses on knowledge, infrastructure, and practical ontologies in the Mekong River Basin.
Casper Bruun Jensen; A Disparate Multiplicity: Response to “Where Is East Asia in STS?”. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 March 2019; 13 (1): 137–141. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-7340034
Download citation file: