Final Program

Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network Biennial Conference

Disaster, Controversies and Public Engagement

Co-organized with EASTS Conference 2015

October, 1st~ 4th, 2015

Garden Villa Hotel, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Final Program (announced September 30th)

2015, Oct 1st (Thursday)


Pre-conference workshop / meeting


Registration Open @ Conference Center 1st Floor


Reception @ R102


2015, Oct 2nd (Friday)



Registration Open @ Conference Center 1st Floor



Opening @ Banquet Hall I (B1F)

Jerome Whitington, Convener, APSTSN;

Ruey-Lin Chen, President, Taiwan STS Association;

Wen-Ling Hong, Chair, Conference Organizing Committee



Keynote Speech I @ Banquet Hall I (B1F)

Tadashi Kobayashi (小林傳司), Osaka University, Japan

National Energy Policy After Fukushima and the Aftermath: Did Deliberative Opinion Poll Work Well?



Tea Break




Panel Discussion: Governing Disasters  @ Banquet Hall I (B1F)

Co-organized by APSTSN and EASTS

Chair:Chia-Ling Wu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


The Media and the Politicization of Risk: Media Coverage of BSE in Korea in 2008

Hee-Je Bak, Kyung Hee University, South Korea

Resilience as an STS Problem

Sulfikar Amir, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A Bright Side of Natural Disasters: An Indigenous Perspective in Taiwan’s Context

Yih-Ren Lin, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan




 @ Conference Center 1st Floor



Concurrent Sessions A (Oral Presentation)






Technological Innovations and Stigmatizations

Risk Communication


Counting Risks and Disasters of Transportation System

Mobilizing Science and Law with the Public

EASTS: Science and Geopolitics

Old Mechanical Typewriters and New Computer Typography in South Korea, Tae-Ho Kim, Hanyang University, South Korea


Innovation Triggered by Locally Embedded Agricultural Machine, Aiko Hibino, Toru Soga, Hirosaki University, Japan


The Shipwrecked Case of Cijin 25 Ladies and the Stigmatization of Wooden boats, Wen-hui Anna Tang, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan; Wen-Ling Hong, Jr-Ping Wang, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan

“Invisible” Pollution? The Plight of Environmental Knowledge Production in the High-tech Sector, Wen-Ling Tu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


A Community-based Risk Communication Method for Nuclear Applications, Naoki Yamano, University of Fukui, Japan


Gatekeeper’s Dilemma: Risk Assessment of Toxic Chemicals in the Legal Arena, Sungeun Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

A Failure and Risk Analysis Model of Transportation System Structure by ANT and Uncertainty, Jeng-Horng Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


Traffic Congestion in Urban Asia: A Man-made Disaster?, Waltraut Ritter, Bangkok University, Thailand/Hong Kong

The Huge and Advanced Engineering as Trans-science, Kohji Hirata, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan


Special Educational Contents in Fukushima after 3.11, Mariko Komatsu, Hiroshima University, Japan


Taiwan Biobank and its Publics, WanJu Lee, Lancaster University, UK/Taiwan


Implementing International Law for Internally Displaced Persons in Situation of Natural Disasters, Yung-hua Kuo, University of Washington, USA/Taiwan


Chair: Shang-Jen Li, Academic Sinica, Taiwan


“Plants that Remind Me of Home”: Collecting, Plant Geography, and a Forgotten Expedition in the Darwinian Revolution, Kuang-Chi Hung, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Between Universalism and Regionalism: Universal Systematics from Imperial Japan, Jung Lee, Academic Sinica, Taiwan/South Korea


“Developing the Southern Regions”—Japanese Aid Networks and Post-Colonial Power in Cold War Asia, Aaron Moore, Arizona State University, USA



Tea Break



Concurrent Sessions B (Oral Presentation)






Politics of Disaster

Problematizing Environment

Political Landscape of Oceanic Resource

Biotechnology and Governance

EASTS: Bodily Politics

Is the 2015 Kaohsiung Propane Explosion an Accident? Failure? Or Mistake? - Finding What is Missing in Engineering Education, Wen-Ling Hong, Jr-Ping Wang, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan


Information Capital and Disaster Resilience, Justyna Katarzyna Tasic, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Chemical Controversy: The Dilemmas of Public Engagement, Graham Lucas, University of Newcastle Australia, Australia

Environmentalism of the Poor: Tipaimukh Dam and Ecological Disasters, Islam Md Nazrul, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Content Analysis of International Climate Change News Articles, Pei-Ling Liu, Shih-Yun Kuo, National Science and Technology center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan


Environmental Engineering Department of Tsinghua: Evolution in changing Demands, Qinshuo Guo, Tsinghua University, China

From Fishing Village to Cultural Tourism: The role of Social Entrepreneurs in a Fragmented Community, Shuwei Huang, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan


Oil Exploration in Late-colonial East Timor: Geology, Geophysics, Geopolitics, Alex Grainger, Jember University, UK


The Fish-Food Transition of Milkfish across the Taiwan-Strait, Kragen Ko-Kang Chien, The University of Edinburgh, UK/Taiwan

Biodiversity, Precautionary Principle, and the Transnational Governance of Synthetic Biology, Taemin Woo, Buhm Soon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


Noninvasive Prenatal Testing and Fetal Genome Sequencing: Exploring Professional Discourse, Zoë Barker, University Of Wollongong, Australia


Emerging Science, Emerging Democracy: Making Policies and Publics in Taiwan, Jennifer A. Liu, University of Waterloo, Canada


Chair: Sean Hsiang-Lin Lei, Academic Sinica, Taiwan


Gender, Technology, and Body Politics: The Search for the Original Female Japanese Body, Izumi Nakayama, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


A Glocal Rationality in Science and Law? Tobacco Litigation in Korea in an Era of Global Risk, Doogab Yi, Seoul National University, South Korea


You’ve Got the Point? Acupuncture and the Technopolitics of Bodyscape, Wen-Hua Kuo, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan






Concurrent Sessions C (Oral Presentation)






Policy Making and Governance

Performing Technoscience

Civic Epistemologies

Risk Society and Energy Use

EASTS: Nuclear Energy Policy

Development of Workshop for Handling Trans-science Problems, Gensei Ishimura, Miho Namba, Hokkaido University, Japan


The Technicalization of

Administration: Critical Review of Scientific Evidences in the Administrative Process, Chia Liang Shih, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


How and What Women Perform in Different Social Media, Feichi Chiang, Fo Guang University, Taiwan


The Senile Cyborg: Aging and Technoscience in Ghost in the Shell, Hyung Wook Park, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore




Why Popper Can't Solve the Debate Over Global Warming, David Mercer, University of Wollongong, Australia


Authorship, Authority and Accountability in Citizen Science Projects, Shun-Ling Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan


The Formation of Energy Citizenship at the Zero Energy Village, Hansol Choi, Kyung Hee University, South Korea


What Makes a Country Nuclear?  Insights from Southeast Asia, Itty Abraham, National University of Singapore, Singapore



Chair: Sungook Hong, Seoul National University, South Korea


Reconstructing the Public in Old and New Governance: A Korean Case of Nuclear Energy Policy, Hyomin Kim, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


High-level Radioactive Waste Policy: Case Study of Another Possible “Structural Disaster” in Post-Fukushima Japan, Kohta Juraku, Tokyo Denki University, Japan



Transportation to Banquet @Front Entrance

1st bus leave at 18:10, 2nd bus leave at 18:20




@ Courtyard of Fong-Ping Temple (鳳屏宮), Ho-Jin (後勁)

 The 1st bus leaves for Garden Villa at 20:30, and the 2nd bus leaves at 21:00.


2015, Oct 3rd (Saturday)


Registration Open @ Conference Center 1st Floor



Traditional Indigenous Opening Ceremony By Kaohsiung Indigenous College

@ Banquet Hall I (B1F)



APSTSN Keynote Speech II @ Banquet Hall I (B1F)

Helen Verran, Charles Darwin University, Australia; University of the Arctic, Norway

Indigenous Governance and Modern Nation State Governance. What Can Thinking Through STS Contribute?



Tea Break



Concurrent Sessions D (Oral Presentation)

Banquet Hall I  (B1F)

Banquet Hall II






When STS Meets Indigenous Communities: Revised Tradition or Collective Reinvention

Indigenous Fair

From Mind to Body: Putting Knowledge and Material in the Social Context


 Communicating Science

Intergenerational Democratic Deliberation for the Long-term Risk Management


EASTS: Controversy and Activism

Role-playing Games (RPG) Model for Community Development with Local Knowledge in Eco-tourism, Wei-Ling Chiang, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan


Hunting Microbes for Hacker’s Communities: Transplanting Agronomy, Farmers’ Networking, and Self-help Organic Movement in Taiwan, Yi-tze Lee, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan


Building for the Common: Amis Construction Working Units in the Cities, Kudai Gahawa, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan


From Marginalized Barbarian Soil to the Name of Indigenous Traditional Territory: How the Hybrid Concept of Land Tenure Becomes, Paoling Chiu,, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

Organized by Indigenous Affairs Commission, Kaohsiung City Government

Professions, Resources and Policies: The Making of Dementia Diagnosis in Taiwan, Chen-Shuo Hong, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Making Convergence Research: Brain Research Policy in Comparative Perspective, Youjung Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


Health Fiction in the Global Pharmaceutical Market: A Polanyian Critique, Kanlin Hsu, Tunghai University, Taiwan


Manufacturing Health Function Claim: Government Regulations, Scientific Experiment Standards, and the Health-Food Certification of LingZhi in Taiwan, Chin-Chih An, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

How Were Popular Science Articles Written in Taiwan?, Chun-Lin Liu, Kuei-Jen Chiu, Ruey-Lin Chen, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan


How can We Communicate About Disasters?, Hideyuki Shiroshita, Kansai University, Japan


Utilizing Knowledge Under Scientific Incertitude: Lessons from Law Court, Tsuyoshi Hondou, Tohoku University, Japan


Who Speaks for the Environment? A China-India Comparative analysis, Pin-Hsien Wu, University of Sussex, UK

On Intergenerational Reciprocity, Takayuki Kira, Utsunomiya Kyowa University, Japan


Disaster Management and Administrative Law -- Administrative Structure, Restrictions and the Risk, Mayu Terada, International Christian University, Japan


Immigration Issues in Interegenerational Society, Anna Nakamura, Japan Women's College, Japan


Neuroscientific Basis for Intergenerational Deliberation, Soichiro Toda, Kyoto University, Japan

Chair: Wen-Yuan Lin, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan


From Mass Scientific Experiment to Participatory Action Research: The Legacy of the Mao Era in Contemporary Chinese Agricultural Science Activism, Sigrid Schmalzer, University of Massachusetts, USA


Civilian Control of Techno-Science? : Thyroid Cancer, Nuclear Waste and Reactivation of Nuclear Power Plants in Post 311 Japan, Togo Tsukahara, Kobe University, Japan


The Material Culture of Social Movement: Analyzing the Performance of Material Things in Korean Protests, Eun-Sung Kim, Kyung Hee University, South Korea




@ Conference Center 1st Floor

APSTSN Member Meeting

@ 102



Concurrent Sessions E (Oral Presentation)

Banquet Hall I  (B1F)

Banquet Hall II






Indigenous Forum I: Disasters, Reconstruction and Tribal Name Claim

(in local languages)

Indigenous Fair

Disasters Across Species:  Science and Public Engagement with Disaster Beyond the Human

Fukushima, Construction, and Representation


Politics of Expertise

EASTS: Industrial Risk and Environment Justice

Chair: Yih-Ren Lin, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan






Qucung Qalavangan,  Indigenous Affair Commission Kaohsiung City Government


高雄市政府原住民事務委員會 主任委員


Mei-Hui Chiang



Chi-Ting Kuo



Yueh-Chung Kung





Organized by Indigenous Affairs Commission, Kaohsiung City Government

Elephant TB : an Emerging Zoonotic Disease at the Domestic/Wildlife Interface, Nicolas Lainé, Collège de France, France


Sentinels for the Environment : Birdwatching Societies in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Frédéric Keck, Collège de France, France


The Pandemic Reservoir:  The Ecology of Duck Farming and the Science of Pandemics in Rural China, Lyle Fearnley, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


The Construction of Constructivism: Western Newspaper Coverage of Fukushima, Christopher Leslie, New York University, USA


Missing Links among Policy, Expertise and Values in Post-Fukushima Nuclear Governance, Kohta Juraku, Tokyo Denki University, Japan


The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain, Richard Hindmarsh, Griffith University, Australia

The Politics of Expertise in the New Filed of Human IVF, Jung-Ok Ha, Seoul National University, South Korea


Numbers, Experts, and the Objectivity of Health Technology Assessment in Korea, Ji Eun Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


The Construction of Race in Pharmacogenomics: A Study of the Researchers’ Perspective in the United Kingdom, Gayathri Haridas, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Chair: Wen-Ling Tu, National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan

Hidden Exposure: Evidence Reconstruction of Water and Air Pollution at the RCA Toxic Tort, Yi-Ping Lin, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan

The Use of Epidemiology in Recent Litigations on Electronic Workers in Taiwan and Korea: RCA and Samsung, Hsin-Hsing Chen, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan


The Promises and Pitfalls of Litigation as a Medium for Mobilising Expertise for Social Justice, David Mercer, The University of Wollongong, Australia



Tea Break



Concurrent Sessions F (Oral Presentation)

Banquet Hall I  (B1F)

Banquet Hall II



R102, R103


Indigenous Forum II:

Disasters, Local Knowledge and Policy (in local language)

Indigenous Fair

Bio Stories in Action: Transformation and Interpretation of Bio-knowledge / Narratives in Postwar Taiwan

(Preparing for

 STS Fair)

EASTS: Trans- Science and Discipline

Chair: Yih-Ren Lin, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan






Ai-Ching Yen, National ChengChi University, Taiwan



Da-Wei Kuan, National ChengChi University, Taiwan








Organized by Indigenous Affairs Commission, Kaohsiung City Government

Narrating “bio” in East Asia: an Textual Analysis on the Rise of Bio-pharmaceuticals in Postwar Taiwan, Wen-Hua Kuo, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan


Dissemination of Health Knowledge in Taiwan: A case Study of Harvest, 1950s~1970s, Shu ching Chang, Chang Gung University, Taiwan


Strange Environment and Peculiar Body: Popular Understanding of Allergy in Early Post-war Taiwan, Hung Bin Hsu, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan


Chair: Wei Wang, Tsing-Hua University, China


Transpacific Science and Politics: American-Chinese Scientific Interactions from Arms Control to Climate Change, Zuoyue Wang, California State Polytechnic University, USA


Gender Differences in Productivity among Scientists and Engineers in the U.S. and China: Similarities and Differences, Wei Hong, Tsing-Hua University, China


Managing the Trading Zone Effectively: How Philosophy Can Help in Developing Interdisciplinary Pidgin, Tetsuji Iseda, Kyoto University, Japan



STS Fair




Film showing

STS Fair (Table Exhibits)


2014, Oct 4th (Sunday)



APSTSN Keynote Speech III: @ R102

Kuei-Tien Chou, (周桂田), National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Cosmopolitan Approach of Trans-boundary Risk Governance in East Asia



Tea Break



Concurrent Sessions G (Oral Presentation)







Energy, Risk Communication, and Governance

Facing Disasters through Teaching: Reflections and Responses to the Tohoku Japan Disasters and Sewol Ferry Sinking


Public Engagement, Democracy and Techno-Scientific Controversies: Conditions, Commitments, Framings and Arrangements



Editorial Meeting

Discovering 'Public' from Renewable Energy in Taiwan


Politics of Diseases and Treatments

A Workbook for Understanding and Judging the Use of Nuclear Power in Japan, Ariyoshi Kusumi, Chukyo University, Japan 


Risk Communication and Deliberative Risk Governance: The Case of EMF and Nuclear Energy in Taiwan, Shu-Fen Kao, Fo Guang University, Taiwan


Transitions in Risk Society: Regional Case of Gujarat Solar Park, Thounaojam Somokanta, Central University of Gujarat, India 

Facing Disaster: Reflexive Perspectives on Research and Teaching, Ryuma Shineha, Seijo University, Japan


Pedagogy of The Precarious in Disaster Research and Teaching, Rita Padawangi, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Teach Sewol and Disaster Lessons from South Korea, Chihyung Jeon, Yoonjung Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea


Discussant:Adam Lucas, University of Wollongong, Australia


Disaster Management 101: Is It Shameful or Empowering to Defer to Experts?, Darrin Durant, The University of Melbourne, Australia


Making and Re-making Participation: Science and the Emergence of Publics, Matthew Kearnes, The University of New South Wales, Australia


Extractivist Culture Wars? How Multi-Stakeholder CCS Projects Fail, Declan Kuch, University of New South Wales, Australia


Towards a good Governance of Renewable Energy in Taiwan: a Review of Off-shore Wind Power Project, Szu-hung Fang, Tze-Luen Lin, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


The Contested Oceanscape of Offshore Wind Farm Development in Taiwan, Hsin-yi Lu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Technoscientific Politics of Foot-and-Mouse Disease in South Korea, Kiheung Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea


Unearth the Environmental Disease Patients: Co-construction of Policy and Disease Categorization in South Korea, Yeonsil Kang, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


“Atomic Bombs” or the Knife: Competing Treatments for Hyperthyroidism since WWII in Taiwan, Hsiu-yun Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan







Concurrent Sessions H (Oral Presentation)






Knowledge and Policy


Acting out Knowledge; Raising Awareness

Questioning Policy and Regulations

Alternative Health Practice, its Practitioners and Users

Science, Environment, and Health: Exploring Law and Regulation in Korea

Incorporating Value Discussions into High Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Policy, Rin Watanabe, University of Tokyo; Kohta Juraku, Tokyo Denki University, Japan


Taking Risk Intelligence Seriously in Sustainable Governance, Shirley Ou Yang, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan


Chinese Public’s Attitudes towards the Risks of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Haidan Chen, China Agricultural University, China; Lan Lu, Hangzhou Dianzi University, China


Technology,Environment and Human Being's development ——Philosophical Reflection on the Global Environmental Crisis , Fan Chen, Northeastern University, China

Can Climate Scientists Deliver what Policymakers and Citizens Want?, Shih-Yun Kuo, Yung-Ming Chen, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan


Finding Faults: Seismology and the Politics of Predictive Science, Georges Papavasiliou, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Reacting to Global University Rankings in the East Asian Context, Jae Young Byon, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


Awareness Raising with Nanotechnology Risk Governance Framework: Game-based Learning Approach, Yu-Feng Wong, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

FLOSS as Citizen Tools against State Internet Surveillance, Chao-Kuei Hung, Chaoyang

University of Technology, Taiwan


Constructing Technological System as Transforming the State: How the Local Engineers Became Policymakers and Activists in Taiwan, KuoHui Chang, Institute of National Development, Taiwan


Market Devices and Stock Trading in Taiwan, Yu-Hsiang Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Dancing between Chinese Herbs and People: Learning, Practice and Management, Po-Hsun Chen, Chang Gung University, Taiwan; Hen-Hong Chang, Su-Tso Yang, China Medical University, Taiwan


The Use of Alternative Medicine in Taiwan: Homeopathy as an Example, Daisy (Tai-Hsi) Fan, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan


Cybernetic Selves? Qigong Practitioners and the 2010 New Zealand Earthquakes, Fabian Winiger, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


The Horticultural Therapy Technology Development in Taiwan Social Welfare Field,  Pey-chun Pan, Meiho University, Taiwan

Environmental Risk & Informational Regulation: Particulate Matter Regulation in Korea and Neoliberal

Governmentality, JooHui Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea


Contested Scientific Claims and Legal Justice: Cigarette Additives in Korean

Tobacco Litigation, Jinyoung Park, Seoul National University, South Korea


The Dark Age of Environmental Science?: Constructing Scientific Management of

Environmental Pollution in South Korea, 1963-1979, Chuyoung Won, Seoul National University, South Korea


The Genomic Resurrection of the Korean Tiger: Wildlife Conservation in the Biotechnological Era, Hanah Sung, Seoul National University, South Korea



Closing @ R101