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[2018/04/18] EASTS journal scoops 2018 STS Infrastructure Award

Professor Wen-Hua Kuo of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies


We are proud to announce that East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal (editor-in-chief, Professor Wen-Hua Kuo) has won the Society for Social Studies of Science2018 Infrastructure Award. This annual prize recognizes exemplary initiatives in building and maintaining infrastructure that supports the promotion and networking of Science and Technology Studies (STS). EASTS is the first academic journal to receive the award, and also its first non-Western recipient. Professor Kuo was handed the David Edge Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2011, making EASTS’ 2018 STS Infrastructure Awardthe second time the Society has recognized our achievements.


Founded in 2007 by Daiwie Fu, a distinguished professor and former Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, EASTS is the first English-language academic journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of STS in and for East Asia. Collaborating with the internationally renowned publishers Springer and Duke University Press, the journal’s editorial board includes key members of major academic communities and outstanding scholars of Asia. Showcasing both individual papers and specially themed issues, EASTS has rapidly become a global stage for research with a broad readership in various global disciplines. Several issues have brought the work of a first generation of Indonesian STS scholars to international attention and introduced STS perspectives to the study of East Asian traditional medicines. By introducing books published in Asian languages, EASTS has also become a gateway through which the wider world is learning of cutting-edge research and its authors in East Asia.


EASTS is based at Taiwan’s National Yang Ming University, a research-driven foundation with a strong commitment to the humanities and social sciences, particularly Science and Technology Studies. YMU’s School of Humanity and Social Sciences has a track-record in recruiting outstanding professors and has led national reforms of professional education by integrating STS colloquia into its practices. The School also uses YMU’s expertise in biomedicine to its advantage, and has founded a number of interdisciplinary graduate institutes including the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (home to EASTS’ editor, Professor Kuo). Specializing in such various fields as environmental policy, healthcare, food safety, public health, energy technology, and history of medicine, the Institute for Science and Technology Studies is able to work with departments university-wide.


EASTS journal is deeply embedded within YMU’s scholarly network and contributes substantially to Science and Technology Studies there. Internationally renowned scholars regularly visit by invitation—former president of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Gary Downey; renowned historian of science Mario Biagioli; and most recently Christos Lynteris, an outstanding scholar in STS and global health, to name just a few. All such visits nurture teaching and research within the university and beyond, and stimulate conversations that are shaping our future as a research-based, globally oriented institute of advanced learning.


※For the Ministry of Science and Technology news release (in Chinese), see


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