Science and technology should be considered as products of human social and cultural activities, rather than a static system of knowledge. Since their dynamic developments are temporarily emergent, we can only understand science and technology through empirical and historical studies, not by essentialist approaches.
My area of specialty is the history of science, in particular the history of physical sciences in 20th century Japan. Through this material, I focus on the following thematic themes:
1. transmission of knowledge across cultures
2. reproduction of knowledge workers
3. functions of various sites of knowledge production
4. interactions between knowledge producers and citizens
Prospective graduate students interested in social and historical studies of science and technology are welcome. They should, however, be aware that the curriculum of this department is designed mainly for biology students, and not necessarily the most suitable for students with such interests.