Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Shan Jiang

Shan holds a post-doctoral fellowship in the Institute of Medical Humanities at Peking University, during which she is now conducting further research in IAS. Her research interests concern the history of medicine and technology, as well as the theory of acupuncture. At present, she primarily researches ancient images and sculptures of acupuncture from a comparative perspective.

Shan received her MD degree from the Institute of Acupuncture-Moxibustion at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in 2017. Concepts and controversial theories of acupuncture-moxibustion were her main focus. Her dissertation,  entitled “A Study of Qi in Classical Acupuncture-Moxibustion Theory” gave a thorough and deep analysis on the polysemous character used in Huangdi Neijing and Nanjing to solve ambiguous problems in teaching and clinical practice. Half of her research was published as a monograph,  Acu-Moxa and Qi. Shan obtained her Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages at Beijing Language and Culture University. She was trained to teach the Chinese language based on theories of cognitive linguistics and completed an internship at McMaster University for a semester.

Since UCL’s expansive library holds vast sources and numerous rare book collections relevant to the history of science and technology, Shan will be at the IAS to widen and deepen her current research. She plans to conduct a comparative study on sculptures for Acu-Moxa in China and Japan during the Edo period. Her project aims to analyse the historical and cultural motivation behind the flourishing phenomenon of these sculptures during this 200-year period. In addition, she will be collecting images and sources relevant to Acu-Moxa in London.