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Scholarships to study Chinese in China – deadline 13 Feb, 9am

Visit the UCL Global blog for details of the Chinese Government Scholarship scheme.
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Yenching scholarship deadline 31 January 2017.

There's still time to apply for the fully funded 1-year interdisciplinary Master’s programme in China Studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. More...

Chinese film evening, 24/01/2017:  East Palace, West Palace 东宫西宫 (1996).

East Palace, West Palace aka Behind the Forbidden City, by controversial independent director Zhang Yuan 张元, was the first Chinese feature film to deal overtly with gay life in the PRC.
Time: Tuesday 24 January, 6.30pm
Place: IAS Seminar Room 11, First Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
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Sense and Sensation Seminar: Sense and Sensuality in Ancient China

Thursday 19 January 2017, 4pm.
IAS Common Ground (Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
).  Speaker: Vivienne Lo, UCL CCHH. More...

Chinese film evening, 17/01/2017:  Inner Senses (Yidu kongjian 异度空间), dir. Law Chi-leung (Luo Zhiliang) 罗志良, 2002.

A Hong Kong psychological horror movie starring Leslie Cheung (Zhang Guorong 张国荣), exploring themes of hallucination, clinical depression, psychological trauma and suicide.  More...

Chinese film evening, 10/01/2017:  Mother (Mama 妈妈), dir. Zhang Yuan 张元, 1990.

The film that inaugurated the 'Sixth Generation' of Chinese cinema. More...

Chinese film evening, 29/11: Woman Demon Human 人鬼情

Based on the life and career of Pei Yanling 裴艳玲 – a famous female performer of male roles in Hebei opera –  Huang Shuqin's 黄蜀芹 extraordinary Woman Demon Human (Ren gui qing 人鬼情, 1987) has been acclaimed as China's first feminist film. More...

Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities: ten workshops

Tuesday evenings (6.30pm) during term-time, 15 November 2016 to 7 February 2017, IAS Seminar Room 11, First Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

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Nancy Holroyde-Downing

Mysteries of the Tongue: the Invention of a Diagnostic Tradition in Chinese Medicine

My PhD, whose working title is "Mysteries of the Tongue: the invention of a diagnostic tradition in Chinese medicine" investigates the circumstances that gave rise to tongue inspection becoming a pervasive element of diagnosis in Chinese traditional medicine.
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 Although a systematised and illustrated text on tongue diagnosis was available from at least the 14th century, case records of renowned physicians working as recently as the 19 th century appear to make little use of it. My research will examine the relationship of tongue diagnosis to the periods of epidemic disease which ravaged southern China during the Ming Dynasty [1368-1644 CE] and the possibility that its emergence as a regional discipline among Southern Qing Dynasty [1644-1911] authors is related to the fact that febrile illness is reflected in rapid changes in the quality of the tongue.

Tongue image Additionally, I will explore developments in the late Qing and early Republican period, during which time the gaze of the new 'scientific' medicine from the west resonated in the innovation of anatomically correct tongue illustrations in medical texts.   Unlike the art of Pulse Diagnosis, the tongue is   objective and observable. I will examine how this fact made tongue diagnosis amenable to both biomedicine and   the institutional structures of the new Academies of Traditional Medicine being established in the People's Republic.

Having been a practitioner of Chinese traditional medicine for the past 20 years.   I am also interested in the relevance of the historical development of diagnostic techniques to contemporary practice - in particular, the ways in which authors of 'new' diagnostic methods within a traditional medicine are in constant dialogue with the theories articulated in classical texts.



n.holroyde-downing@ucl.ac.uk

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