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Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Bee Wilson and Ching-He Huang in conversation with Donald Sloan, Wednesday 16 , January 2019, 6.30–8.30pm, at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP.
Book via Eventbrite. Free tickets for students.
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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.
Time: Mon 19 November 2018, 18:00 – 19:30.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place.
Registration via Eventbrite:
https://parismadness.eventbrite.co.uk

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Movement Matters: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Avant-Garde

A workshop-performance event to mark the paperback edition of Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith, The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia (Bloomsbury, December 2018).
Time: Saturday 1 December 2018, 2:00–6:00pm.
Place:  IAS Common Ground (ground floor, south wing, Wilkins building).
Registration via Eventbrite:
https://movement-matters.eventbrite.co.uk
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Longing For Rain: Spectral lovers and the new urban spaces of middle-class Beijing

A UCL Health Humanities seminar with Vivienne Lo and Nashuyuan Wang.
Time: Thursday 15 November,  6.15–7.15pm.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place More...

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)
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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:
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004366183
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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...

Longing For Rain: Spectral lovers and the new urban spaces of middle-class Beijing

6 November 2018

A UCL Health Humanities seminar with Vivienne Lo and Nashuyuan Wang.
Time: Thursday 15 November,  6.15–7.15pm.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place

Abstract

Longing for Rain (Chunmeng 春梦, 2013), documentary film-maker Yang Lina’s 杨荔钠 debut feature film, centres on affluent middle-class Beijing housewife Fang Lei 方蕾, whose apparently secure family life and sense of self are disrupted by a spectral lover who appears to her in dreams or visions. Her ghostly passions drive her slowly into a spiritual crisis, and take us on a journey through the medical architecture of Beijing to find herself and recover her identity.

In this two-handed presentation, medical historian Vivienne Lo and Film/History PhD candidate Nashuyuan Wang offer an experimental model of cross-disciplinary collaboration in the Medical and Health Humanities. Beginning with concepts of space and trajectories (in the film, in the city, in the body), the two speakers will apply their different but complementary sensibilities and analytical strategies to Longing for Rain, to arrive at new shared insights. They will also share with us extracts from interviews with the director, and discussions with MA students and a psychologist from mainland China.

This presentation is part of Dr Lo’s recent collaborative, interdisciplinary, intercultural work on Chinese/Sinophone Film and the Health Humanities. Dr Lo believes that films can yield insights and perspectives on health and the body that go further and deeper than the traditional concerns of Medical Humanities. Studying health, medicine and the body in China through the medium of film allows us to appreciate conceptions of state, community and individual in China; state engagement with traditional health systems; uses of the body as a site of personal cultivation, social conformity or political contestation; and unique ways of expressing individual sensory or subjective experience. As an historian, Dr Lo argues that in order to understand a director’s cinematographic choices, we need to be aware of the longer cultural trajectories and the historical influences that come to bear on them

The presentation will include excerpts from the film Longing for Rain, which has not so far been released in mainland China.

Yang Lina pic
  • Film-maker Yang Lina 杨荔钠

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