Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond

25.06.2021, Workshop, online

25. Juni 2021 / 16-19.45h (JST), 9-12.45 (CEST)

Workshop of the Research Initiative
Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond‘

Freie Universität Berin and Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien in Tokyo

Technical artefacts, technologies and infrastructures are shaping our everyday life in manifold ways. At the same time, their development, promotion and/or rejection is influenced by cultural patterns, ethical principles, social values as well as power relations. Thus, their study can be perceived as a promising starting-point for transdisciplinary and intercultural queries for research on intersections between Science, Technology and Society. In this workshop, we bring together scholars who share an interest in the analysis of co-construction processes of technology and society in Japan and beyond. What kind of visions exist in relation to autonomous driving in Japan? How can visions of technology-assisted care be co-created in Germany? What differences can be found in intercultural comparisons of AI ethics between the UK and Japan? What are success factors for co-creation approaches to transform social systems in Japanese municipalities? Moreover, which models or ideas of „participation“ in development exist? Our research initiative aims at fostering a network of scholars of Japanese Studies and those from other disciplines with interest in methodologies and comparative research across different countries on topics such as medical technologies and care robotics, digital transformation and AI, mobility and autonomous driving, to mention a few. Furthermore, it strives to broaden linkages between the Japanese and the European research community of Science, Technology and Society and beyond.


Dr. Susanne Brucksch, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Cosima Wagner, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Further information and the program can be found here.