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Présentation du livre « Science for Governing Japan’s Population »

February 15 2024 - Lecture

Twenty-first-century Japan is known for the world’s most aged population. Faced with this challenge, Japan has been a pioneer in using science to find ways of managing a declining birth rate. Science for Governing Japan’s Population considers the question of why these population phenomena have been seen as problematic. What roles have population experts played in turning this demographic trend into a government concern? Aya Homei examines the medico-scientific fields around the notion of population that developed in Japan from the 1860s to the 1960s, analyzing the role of the population experts in the government’s effort to manage its population. She argues that the formation of population sciences in modern Japan had a symbiotic relationship with the development of the neologism, ‘population’ (jinkō), and with the transformation of Japan into a modern sovereign power. Through this history, Homei unpacks assumptions about links between population, sovereignty, and science. This title is also available as Open Access.

Intervenante : Homei Aya (University of Manchester)
Aya Homei is a Reader in Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester.
This event is in a hybrid format, and co-organized by the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale (UMR 8155), Sorbonne Identités, relations internationales et civilisations de l’Europe (UMR 8138) and the Centre pour l’histoire de la philosophie et des sciences vue d’Asie, d’Afrique at the SPHERE (UMR 7219). The language of the conference is in English.

Jeudi 15 février de 14h à 16h

salle Léon Vandermeersch d’Université Paris Cité (481C, 4e étage, batîment C, 5 rue Thomas Mann, 75013, Paris)
Co-organisation : CRCAO, SIRICE, SPHERE
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