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Medical Humanities in China – conference

An international interdisciplinary conference at Peking University Institute for Medical Humanities, 15-17th October, 2015, jointly convened by UCL and PKU

A unique opportunity to learn Chinese Sign Language at UCL!

学中国手语!Short intensive introductory immersion course spread over 6 days, 13–24 July More...

Hot and Numb! 2000 years of Sichuan pepper

Saturday 13th June, 12.00 midday, The Spice Exchange, Kew Gardens. As part of the Kew Full of Spice Festival 2015, Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH) will give a presentation on the history of Sichuan pepper, its medical and culinary uses. More...

Film and Discussion: When China Met Africa

Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm, Roberts 106, UCL. FREE – part of UCL Festival of the Arts 2015. Book via Eventbrite.

Lady Precious Stream

A symposium on S. I. Hsiung's 1934 play, and the obstacles to and opportunities for East Asian voices in UK theatre and literature. Monday 18 May, 6.30–8pm, Anatomy JZ Young LT.

Call for Chinese-speaking choral singers!

London Chinese Philharmonic Choir 伦敦华人爱乐合唱团 (LCPC) is looking for additional singers to perform the Yellow River Cantata 黄河大合唱 in September/October 2015. More...

5th Annual Chinese Visual Festival

7–22 May 2015, at King’s College London, BFI Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and Chelsea College of Arts. The festival will welcome to London some of the most exciting directors currently working in Chinese-language cinema and art. More...

The Chinese Erhu during the First World War

An evening of performance and discussion with Dr Colin Huehns. Friday 8th May, 7pm, UCL South Cloisters More...

Spices and medicine: From Historical Obsession to Research of the Future

15 May 2013

Friday 24th May 2013, 9:30am – 5:00pm, Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AX.
A one-day international conference.

This UCL conference is sponsored by the British Society for the History of Science and London BioNat. It explores Europe’s fascination with spices as both food and medicine and the role of spices in the advancement of global scientific knowledge and medical practices, from ancient times to today. Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH) and Di Lu (UCL PhD Cand.) will be presenting on 'Scent and Synaesthesia' in China.

Full programme available at

9:30am – 5:00pm
Registration opens at

'The Spice Trade in History: Forming a Global Network of Medical Cultures'

Paul Freedman (Keynote)
Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale
Marijke van der Veen
Professor of Archaeology, University of Leicester
Stefan Halikowski Smith
Lecturer in History, Swansea University
Sabine Anagnostou
Professor of History, Philips-Universitat Marburg
and President of the German Society for the History of Pharmacy

'Spices in Food and Medical Research: From Kitchen to Apothecary and Beyond'

Tony Booker
PhD candidate, Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)/UCL School of Pharmacy
Vivienne Lo
Convener of UCL China Centre for Humanity and Health and Lecturer and Di Lu, PhD candidate, UCL
Monique Simmonds
Director of the Kew Innovation Unit, Deputy Keeper and Heads of Sustainable Uses of Plants Group, Royal Botanic Gardens-Kew
Michael Heinrich (Keynote)
Professor of Pharmacognosy
and Head of the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy

The conference will include a poster exhibit throughout the day. We invite abstracts from students and researchers working in an area of science, culture, history, language or literature relevant to the conference’s theme. This includes but is not limited to: botany and pharmacy; economic and cultural history; history of science, medicine, and technology; anthropology; Chinese and other Asian studies; sociology; food and nutrition studies; and biomedical and natural science research. If you would like to present a poster please submit a poster abstract (<350 words) at the time of registering on EventBrite.



Conference organised by UCL SoP Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy in association with UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society

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