Article ID: CBB101505766

The transnational move of interdisciplinarity: Ginseng and the beginning of neuroscience in South Korea, 1970–1990s (2022)


Neuroscience did not suddenly become a global endeavor. This article examines the way neuroscience took shape in South Korea focusing on Chan-Woong Park, who launched the Korean Society for Neuroscience in 1992. Park was a pharmacologist who studied ginseng and the brain from the 1970s. By revealing the way Park noted both opportunity and difficulty in the interdisciplinarity of neuroscience, this article reveals the context in which interdisciplinarity shaped studies of the brain in South Korea. To date, historians have followed the flow of knowledge, embedded in materials or instruments, to understand the transnational development of science and technology. This article focuses on the flow of value—interdisciplinarity, per se—which mediated uncertainties in studying the brain and galvanized ignorance in the name of neuroscience. By revealing the materiality and locality of interdisciplinarity and its role in facilitating ignorance, the article sheds new light on the transnational development of neuroscience.

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Authors & Contributors
Park, Hyung Wook
Shin, Youjung
Heo, Na Sil
Cho, Kyuhoon
Eduardo Zachary Albrecht
Peter Banseok Kwon
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
History of the Human Sciences
Technology and Culture
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Science Technology and Society
Journal of Asian Studies
University of California, San Diego
McGill-Queen's University Press
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
University of Minnesota
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Cross-national interaction
Biology and ethics; bioethics
Medicine and politics
Schmitt, Francis Otto
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
20th century
18th century
South Korea
United States
North Korea
East Asia
East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT

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