Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

54 - Science and Technology Under the Authoritarian Regimes in Asia

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Amaltas, Lower Ground Floor

Because science and technology hold value as public goods and practical utility, states have come to play the role of patrons buttressing the development of science and technology. Of course, to draw out such patronage, scientists and engineers have had to convince their respective governments that they are useful and that states need them. At times, support from governments and the military has controlled scientific and technological activities or led them in a certain direction as well, and, in response, scientists and engineers have undergone a process of stressing their professional autonomy and countered such measures. In particular, under repressive political systems, scientists and engineers are more likely to be affected, both directly and indirectly by the intentions of the regimes in power. For their own preservation, such regimes can make various demands to scientists and engineers, and if and when scientists and engineers comply with unjust demands, inevitable are distortions in scientific and technological activities. With the expression “ideologically correct science”, however, Mark Walker has demonstrated that scientists and engineers have performed the demands of such regimes so as to be able to continue their activities instead of offering resistance to their respective systems in the name of the neutrality and purity of science and technology. Nevertheless, the results have not been stagnation or distortion only. The purpose of this panel lies in examining the relationship between ‘the growth of science and technology’ and ‘the authoritarian regimes in Asia’ through the case of Vietnam, Indonesia and South Korea.

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Manyong Moon

Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea

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Manyong Moon

Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea

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Manyong Moon

Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea

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Hyangsuk Shin

Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea

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Anto Mohsin

Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar

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