Séminaire Savoirs opératoires de la matière- 4 février- Victoria Lee

séminaire du groupe TAK techniques à Koyré

 Les savoirs opératoires de la matière de la Renaissance à l’industrialisation

séance est mutualisée avec le séminaire collectif du Centre Japon

 jeudi 4 février, de 13h à 15h à l’Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (105, Bld Raspail, 75006 Paris, salle 7)

Victoria Lee (Max Planck Institut, Berlin)

“A Study of East Asian Fermentation Chemistry”: Asia’s Microbial Gardens in Japanese Eyes

A scientist of the early twentieth century once described the molds and yeasts kept in Japanese laboratories as being like “microbial gardens”—collections of useful objects, like plants, that could be cultivated for specific purposes. With the importance of traditional brewing in the Japanese economy, microbes’ (especially kōji and other molds used in Asian brewing) ability to transform the chemical composition of their surroundings gradually became a broader tool to intervene in political economy and the environment. Between military and industrial expansion on the one hand, and massive rice riots as well as unprecedented Malthusian visions of social instability and agricultural resource limits on the other, the management of national production in such everyday areas as the food and alcohol industries was a critical problem in interwar Japanese society. In this light, this talk looks at fermentation chemistry in imperial Japan: the ways in which it sought to alter the national-level relationships between resources and consumption, as well as vividly reflected the use of regional knowledge in practice.


Programme complet du séminaire TAK : http://techniqcak.hypotheses.org



Marie Thébaud-Sorger (CNRS/CAK) Marie.THEBAUD-SORGER@cnrs.fr

Patrice Bret (CAK) patrice.bret@yahoo.fr