Conférences - Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University), professeure invitée de l'EHESS
15, 22, 26 et 27 novembre 2019 - Paris / Aubervilliers
Dans le cadre du « Programme professeurs invités » de l'EHESS, le Centre Alexandre-Koyré a le plaisir d'accueillir Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University).
Marta Hanson is an Associate Professor of the history of East Asian medicine in the Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University (2004-present). Before that she taught late imperial Chinese history at the University of California, San Diego (1997-2004).
Her first monograph is titled Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China (Routledge, 2011). Through the lens of a “biography” of the Chinese disease concept “Warm diseases” (wenbing 溫病) since it was first articulated in the 1st century BCE, this book explores pre-modern Chinese medical debates about the nature of epidemics, their intersection with the geographic imagination, and how conceptions of geography shaped the sociology of medical practice and knowledge in Chinese medicine. She is currently writing a book with the working title “‘Heaven and Earth Within One’s Grasp’ (Qian Kun zaiwo 乾坤在握): The Healer’s Body-as-Technology in Classical Chinese Medicine.” By placing the healer’s body itself at the center of the therapeutic encounter, this book weaves three narrative threads together: 1) bodily arts of memory (i.e., hand mnemonics used to master medical concepts); 2) prognostication and divination practices relevant to healing (i.e., dactylomancy and chronomancy that relied on hand mnemonics); and 3) self-cultivation practices employed to enhance the efficacy of the healer’s body as therapeutic instrument.
Her research interests are mainly within the history of Chinese science and medicine, late imperial Chinese cultural, social, and intellectual history, cross-cultural history of medicine, and the history of epidemics and disease, western disease maps, and public health in East Asia. Within imperial Chinese history, she is writing a book that synthesizes the history of arts of memory and the healer’s body-as-technology with the history of prognostication and divination in classical Chinese medicine. Within cross-cultural medical history, she has an on-going scholarly collaboration with Professor Gianna Pomata on seventeenth to eighteenth-century translations of Chinese medical texts into European languages. She was senior co-editor of the journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (2011-2016) and President of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (ISHEASTM, 2015-2019).
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