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YiMovi Exhibition of Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities


A UCL-PKU collaborative event, jointly convened by Dr Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Prof. Guo Liping (PKU) and Dr Daniel Vuillermin (PKU). Peking University Medical Campus, 31 May – 2 June 2017. More...

UNexpected London Chinese Short Film Festival 2017

UCL main campus 22–27 May. Short film screenings: 26–27 May. Free tickets from Eventbrite.

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MA Chinese Health & Humanity Dissertation Conference 2017

Wednesday 24 May, 2.00–5.00pm, Room 102, 23 Gordon Square.
Please do come along to support our students and find out about their fascinating research! More...

LOOMS OF LIFE – weaving, medicine and knowledge production in early China

An international conference on the amazing 2nd-century BCE Laoguanshan 老官山 tomb finds, jointly convened by CCHH (UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity) and ICCHA (International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology). Time: 30 March 2017, 10–17.30. Place: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building More...

Institute of Digital Health seminar

Humanoid robots as (indirect) tools for digital health in autism
Time: 20 February, 2:30–3:30pm
Place: Room G01, 66-72 Gower Street
Speaker: Alyssa Alcorn (CRAE) More...

Abortion in China

Thursday 9th Feb, 6–7pm, Room 802, Institute of EducationHealth Humanities Seminar. Speaker: Cong Yali 丛亚丽 (PKU), introduced by Vivienne Lo. More...

Dumplings 饺子 (2004)

Our New Year bonus film, by Hong Kong iconoclast director Fruit Chan 陈果, is 'a sinister story of diet, deception and death'.
Time: Wednesday 8 February, 7pm
Place: IAS Common GroundSouth Wing, Wilkins Building More...

Chinese film evening, 7/02/2017: In Love We Trust 左右 (2008)

Family drama In love we trust (aka Left Right), directed and scripted by Sixth Generation film maker Wang Xiaoshuai 王小帅, hinges on the conception of a 'saviour sibling' for a child diagnosed with leukaemia. The screening will be followed by a conversation between bioethicist Prof. Cong Yali 丛亚丽 (PKU) and philosopher and ethicist James Wilson (UCL) on the issues raised by the film. More...

Dr Michael Stanley-Baker


MICHAEL STANLEY-BAKER received his PhD in medical history from UCL in 2013. He did his MA and PhD coursework in Chinese and Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a DiplAC for the practice of acupuncture, and a three-year diploma in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and tuina 推拿. He is a twenty-year practitioner of yoga, taiji and martial arts. His research is concerned with the broader therapeutic culture of medieval China, especially that which is recorded in the Daoist Canon.
Michael S-B portrait

His PhD thesis focuses on medico-religious practices in the Zhengao 真誥 [Declarations of Perfection], a late 4th century collection of revealed scripture, and highlights the absence of clear distinctions between orthodox medicine, religious Daoism, cults of transcendence and other traditions in the Six Dynasties period (222-589). It examines the kinds of knowledge about the body in circulation during this time, who wielded that knowledge, and the kinds of power it afforded: the power to heal; to attain transcendence; to perform rituals; to contest imperial authority. It also discusses the aggregation of technical and theoretical knowledge into broad repertoires of techniques and discourses. The selection that actors made from available techniques, the admixture of their salvific and therapeutic aims better describes the formation of local cults and cultures than artificially discrete notions of ‘religion’ and ’medicine’.

Michael has held research appointments at the Institute of History and Philology in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge and the University of Pittsburgh. Michael currently serves as the Treasurer of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine, the leading scholarly and practitioner organisation in this field.

His broader research interests include the transformation of self and identity through bodily practices in early medieval and modern China; the social history of therapeutic practice; and the ways in which bodily experience and repertoires of self-care span medical and religious practice, and notions of subjectivity and objectivity. This has led him to extend beyond focussing on a central orthodoxy based in medical ‘classics’, to examine the broad therapeutic diversity of China then and now. He also follows the contemporary anthropology of medicine and of religion in China and Asia more widely, and has done extensive fieldwork in Taiwan, Sichuan, and Maharashtra, India.

Michael also engages in public outreach, gives practitioner-oriented courses on literary Chinese for medical translation, and has developed workshops on producing video clips for public outreach and research presentations.

Forthcoming Monographs

The Medico-religious Market in Early Medieval China

Daoists and Doctors: The role of Medicine in Six Dynasties Shangqing Daoism.

Handbook of Chinese Medicine, co-edited with Dr. Vivienne Lo, Routledge Asian Studies series.

Nourishing Nature, Extending Life: A survey of early medieval Chinese Yangsheng,Golden Elixir Press.

Publications: Articles, Chapters and Reviews

Forthcoming   ‘Health in Early Medieval China’, in Peter Adamson ed., Health, Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, OUP.

2013 ‘Palpable Access to the Divine: Therapeutic Massage, Visualisation and Internal Sensation’, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Vol. 7.1 (2012).

2011 ‘Chinese Medicine’, in Mark Jackson ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine, Oxford: OUP, 150–168. Co-authored with Vivienne Lo.

2011 Review: ‘Worlding Chinese Medicine’ by Zhan Mei, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Vol. 6.1, 164–170.

Online Videos

2011 ‘Science and Religion in China’. Presented at AAS, Hawai’i, 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGEkmdOuiVk

2009 ‘Doctors, Daoists and Deviants in Early China’. Presented at History of Medicine in Motion, London, 2009, and 5th International Daoist Conference, Wudangshan, 2009.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/histmedinmotion/?p=803

Research Theses

2013 Daoists and Doctors – The role of medicine in Six Dynasties Shangqing Daoism. PhD, UCL. 324 pp.

2006 To Cultivate Inner Nature: A textual history and critical translation of the Tang dynasty Yangxing yanming lu 養性延命錄. MA, Indiana University Bloomington. 231 pp.

Website

http://ucl.academia.edu/MichaelStanleyBaker

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