Asako Takano

SSC Seminar Series: Asako Takano (Professor, Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan) and Midori Ogasawara (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University)

Identification Technologies and Mobilities: How Colonial Japan Watched Over Chinese Workers Using Fingerprints

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

12:30 – 2:00 pm


Mackintosh Corry Hall D411

Abstract:

The invention of identification technologies is deeply connected with the surveillance of colonial populations. Today, in gobalized contexts, similar technologies are used to control the movements of a wider population, including migrants and refugees. We...

Asako Takano

Asako Takano
Asako Takano

Visiting Professor, Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Tokyo, Japan

 

My research theme in Japan is the history of biometrics, especially the use of fingerprinting in Manchuria, China under Japanese colonial rule and in post-World War II Japanese society. I published my book in Japan in 2016, Fingerprints and Modernity, based on my doctoral dissertation. The goal of my research at the SSC is to examine narratives surrounding the identification of individuals and to decipher the historical changes to the management of individual bodies through movement. This will have two parts: the world history of fingerprinting from the late 19th century to the early 20th century and from government by settlement to controlling of mobilities.