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Order/Disorder: The artist-researcher as connector-disrupter-running messenger?

A UCL IAS Talking Point with Dr Kai Syng Tan, artist and UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellow.
Time: 5 December 2017, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground
Admission by free ticket from Eventbrite

Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities: Ten workshops

Tuesday evenings (6.00pm) during term-time, 14 November 2017 to 6 February 2018, Room 215, Foster Court. More...

2017 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase

Modernisation and the Persistence of Traditional Values in China.
Co-organised by Shanghai Art Film Federation and SOAS China Institute. Tues–Fri during Reading Week, 7–10 October. Admission free – no registration required unless otherwise stated. More...

History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar

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.

The Silent Teacher

Film screening, 18 October 2017, 7pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. European première of The Silent Teacher 那個靜默的陽光午後 (Taiwan, 2016). More...

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.


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...

Hot and Numb! 2000 years of Sichuan pepper

5 June 2015

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.

Kew Full of Spice Festival/ Spicy Saturday:

Saturday 13th June, 12.00

Hot and Numb! Two thousand years of Sichuan pepper

Today the characteristic flavour of Hunan and Sichuan cuisine is that of the chilli pepper. But chilli did not arrive in China until around the sixteenth century, after it had been discovered by Europeans in South America. Before that time, the peppers native to China, most notably varieties of zanthoxylum, commonly known as Sichuan pepper, imparted a very distinctive flavour that is often used nowadays in conjunction with chilli. Sichuan pepper stimulates the famous ma 麻 ‘numbing’ effect on the tongue. During this presentation, Dr Vivienne Lo will reflect on 2000 years of Sichuan pepper, its medical and culinary uses. She will also share some great recipes.

The afternoon's programme continues with music from pipa lute virtuoso Cheng Yu and a talk by ethnobotanist/TV presenter James Wong.

Further details here:

Venue: The Spice Exchange pavilion, outside the north end of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens

Spice Exchange map

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