Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacotherapeutic Cultures in China and East Asia, 1850 to 2015


Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society


Japanese Studies


China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan all possess their own distinctive variants of the Chinese medical tradition, but the relationship between traditional medical practitioners and the modernizing state has played out differently in each case. Focusing on the history of production, circulation and consumption of pharmaceuticals, this meeting aims to establish new collaborations to help elucidate connections between these different medical cultures across historical time and space. The meeting is primarily intended to explore these issues from a historical perspective, but the invited participants include a number of anthropologists to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and to allow closer engagement with the relevance of this history to contemporary society.