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Dear Friends,

MEMS continues to sponsor the Premodern Colloquium (meets Sunday afternoons once a month) as well as occasional MEMS Lectures.

We hope you will join us, and watch the website calendar of events for upcoming lectures and other activities of interest!

EIHS Lecture: Piercing Flesh and Joining Bones: The Materiality of the Body in the History of Chinese Medicine

Yi-Li Wu (University of Michigan)
Thursday, January 25, 2024
4:00-6:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
What are we talking about when we talk about “Chinese medicine”? By analyzing the surgical and bone setting techniques used to treat traumatic injuries in sixteenth- to early nineteenth-century China, this talk challenges the conventional wisdom that Chinese medicine was concerned with vital function but indifferent to anatomy. The need to heal bodies damaged by accidents and social violence historically motivated literate doctors to develop therapeutic doctrines in which manipulating the body’s morphology was inseparable from regulating its vital functions. Attention to this material body not only expands our appreciation of medical diversity in China, but also provides a more historically informed basis for cross-cultural medical comparisons.

Yi-Li Wu is a historian of Chinese medicine focusing on the history of gender, sexuality, and the body. She is the author of Reproducing Women: Medicine, Metaphor, and Childbirth in Late Imperial China (University of California Press, 2010), awarded the 2011 Margaret W. Rossiter Prize of the History of Science Society. She has published articles on a range of topics including forensic medicine, medical illustration, breast cancer, Sino-Korean medicine, and Chinese views of European anatomical science. She is currently completing a manuscript on the history of traumatology in imperial China. She holds a joint appointment as associate professor of history and of women’s and gender studies at the University of Michigan.

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Asian Languages And Cultures, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Science, Technology & Society, Department of History