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The Cholera Pandemic,Transnational Politics, and the Cold War in Southeast Asia and China, 1960-1965

An IAS Talking Point seminar with Visiting Research Fellow Dr Fang Xiaoping 方小平 and responses from Dr Vivienne Lo  and Dr Andrew Wear.
Time: Wed 20 June 2018, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground (ground floor, south wing, Wilkins building)
Registration via Eventbrite.
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Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture 2018

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH) will be giving the 2nd Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge on Friday 25 May, 4pm. More...

Imagining Chinese Medicine

(edited volume, Vivienne Lo & Penelope Barrett, Brill, 2018) has now been published in Open Access. You can browse or download it at:

MA Dissertation Conference 2018: Transnational Studies and Chinese Health & Humanity

Wednesday 23 May, 09.00–13.00, Room 101, 16–18 Gordon Square.
Please come along to support our wonderful students and find out about the breathtaking range of their research! More...

Chinese Visual Festival 2018

Don't miss the 2018 edition of the excellent Chinese Visual Festival – on at KCL and BFI Southbank from 3rd to 6th May before transferring to Edinburgh Filmhouse for 11th–14th May.

China’s visual cultures and the Medical and Health Humanities: launch event

Monday 21 May 2018, 6-9pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. Admission by free ticket:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, CERA-UK Annual Conference 2018

Chinese Education in Global Contexts: Researching the Local, the Global and the ‘Glocal’, 14–15 June 2018, UCL Institute of Education (IoE). Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April 2018. More...

PKU-UCL inter-university module in the Cross-Cultural Health Humanities

An inter-university module in the Cross Cultural Medical/Health Humanities, taught by historians, philosophers and global health specialists from PKU and UCL, will run this week at the Yenching Academy of Peking University.

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar

24 October 2017

The uses of ox-bezoar in pre-modern Japan in ritual and medical practices.
Speaker: Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol).
Time: Tuesday 24 October 2017, 6.15pm (doors open 6pm).
Place: Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.
Everyone is welcome.


On this occasion, I explore specifically those instances in which ox bezoars were used to assure safe and easy parturition. Starting with a comparative look at a selection of ritual and medical injunctions involving ox bezoar, I first assess the continuity and differences between these two contexts. Then, by shifting focus to the processes of extraction, preparation and application of bezoars during birthing practices, I reflect on how both medical and ritual knowledge were employed to construct an ox bezoar-specific ritual.

This paper focuses on the therapeutic use of ox bezoars in pre-modern Japan. Bezoars, highly valued concretions found in the stomachs of ruminants, were renowned for their healing properties, and thus widely employed in the Sino-Japanese tradition to address a variety of ailments.

This event is part of the History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series 2017–2018 hosted by the Wellcome Library

Further details here:

Ox bezoar BCGM
Woodcut from the first edition (published 1590) of Li Shizhen’s 李時珍 monumental pharmaceutical encyclopaedia Bencao gangmu 本草綱目 The illustrations in this edition are credited to his son Li Jianyuan 李建元. Wellcome Images L0039333.

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