Office: 452 McGraw Hall
Spring 2013 Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00-2:00pm, or by appointment
Research and Teaching Interests
A central thread running through my research and teaching is the investigation of connections between intimate experiences such as illness and personal transformation; communal practices such as medical training and religious rites; and broader historical shifts such as the consolidation of the civil service examination system, commercialization and urbanization, the spread of printing, and the development of landscape painting. My courses explore China’s history from its classical to its modern periods (“Vitality and Power in China,” “Medicine and Healing in China”), sometimes concentrating on the early and medieval periods (“Daoist Traditions”) or the late imperial period (“Popular Culture in China,” “Society and Religion in China”), and sometimes looking at China and Japan in comparative perspective (“East Asian Martial Arts,” “East Asia to 1800” co-taught with Professor Katsuya Hirano).
My research to date has focused on the folding of medicine into social reform policies in the Song period (960-1279 C.E.), and the ramifications of that process for political culture and for medical practice. Currently, I am examining the emergence in the eleventh and twelfth centuries of a new positive valuation of the chaotic and even contentious activity of urban market life. This sensibility constituted an imagination of social space that ran against the grain of classical political economies’ static social hierarchies, and presented a sharp counterpoint to literati aesthetics of sublime tranquility and refined rusticity.
Ding Xiang Warner (Asian Studies) and I co-organize the Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium (CCCC), a reading group for scholars interested in Chinese studies. At each session a volunteer presents a text in classical Chinese. Attendees discuss historical, literary, linguistic, and all other aspects of the text, and work together to resolve difficulties in comprehension and translation. Presentations include works of all sorts, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. All are welcome, at any level of experience with classical Chinese. No preparation is necessary for non-presenting participants, and texts are distributed at the meeting. We usually meet on Fridays, from 4:00 to around 6:00. You can find announcements for CCCC on the East Asia Program or Society for the Humanities calendars of events. Email me if you would like more information, or would like to receive email announcements.
|Pop Culture in China Syllabus|
|East Asian Martial Arts Syllabus|
|Vitality and Power in China Syllabus|
East Asia to 1800 (HIST 1900, ASIAN 1910): co-taught with Prof. Katsuya Hirano, introductory level survey course
East Asian Martial Arts (HIST/ASIAN 2960): lecture course
Popular Culture in [Late Imperial] China(HIST/ASIAN 2210): seminar
Daoist Traditions (HIST 3531/ASIAN 3332/RELST 3531): lecture course
Society and Religion in [Late Imperial] China: seminar
Medicine and Healing in China (HIST/BSOC/STS 4961, HIST 6961, ASIAN 4469/6692): seminar
Vitality and Power in China (SHIST/CAPS/RELST 4931, ASIAN 4429, STS/BSOC 4911): seminar
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2003
A.M. Harvard University, 1988
A.B. Harvard College, 1984
Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History. Co-edited with Linda Barnes. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013. Including “Introduction” (with Linda Barnes), “A Late Han Adept,” “Chapter Four: The Song and Jin Periods.”
Shamans, Witchcraft, and Quarantine: The Medicalizing of Transformative Governance and Southern Customs in Song China (under revision for the Harvard East Asia Series).
“The Catchy Epidemic: Theorization and its Limits in Han to Song Period Medicine,“ East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, forthcoming.
“Ishi ni kimareta shohosen“ (Formularies Inscribed on Stone). Bunka to toshi: Ningbo (Cultural Cities: Ningbo). Ed., Hayasaka Toshihiro (To Ajia kaiiki ni kogidasu (Rowing out into the East Asian Seas) 2). Tokyo: Tokyo University Press, [Forthcoming].
“Sekkoku to mokuhan: Chihou fuzoku ni tai suru huhen teki iryo to gishiki” (Stone Inscriptions and Wood Blocks: Posing Ecumenical Medicine and Ritual Against Local Customs). Trans., Yoshida Mayumi In Ishibumi to chihoshi no aakaibuzu wo saguru (Explorations of Stelae and Gazetteer Archives). Ed., Sue Takashi. Pp. 53-79. Tokyo: Kyuko shoten, 2012.
“Governance through Medical Texts and the Role of Print.“ In Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print: China, 900-1400, 217-238. Eds. Lucille Chia and Hilde de Weerdt. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
“New Geographies of Chinese Medicine.” Osiris, Beyond Joseph Needham: Science, Technology, and Medicine in East and Southeast Asia. Ed. Morris F. Low. 2nd Series, (1998), 13:287-325. State of the field article.
“Healing and Medicine in China.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition. Vol. 6. Ed., Lindsay Jones. New York: Macmillan, 2004. Pp. 3859-3864.
“Gli aspetti sociali della produzione medica” (The social production of medical knowledge [Song-Yuan (960-1368)]). In Storia della scienza. Ed. Sandro Petruccioli. Vol. II, Cina, India, Americhe. Ed. Karine Chemla, et. al. Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 2001. Pp. 410-420.
Curriculum Materials, Expanding East Asian Studies, Columbia University
Teaching Unit: “Chinese” Perspectives on Identity Before the Nation
Reading Resource: Discourses of Southern Deviance
Chinese Medicine and Science (Asaf Goldschmidt, Tel Aviv University) http://www.tau.ac.il/~gasaf/
Chinese Medicine Discussion List (for scholarship on the history and anthropology of Chinese medicine; for information or to join, email Hilary Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chinese Science and Medicine (Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania) http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~nsivin/
East Asian Medicine (Volker Scheid, University of Westminster) http://www.volkerscheid.co.uk/
History of Medicine and Culture in China (Marta Hanson, The Johns Hopkins University) http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/martahanson/home/index.htm