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Marta Hanson, "The Body-as-Technology in Classical Chinese Medicine"

Marta Hanson will give a lecture entitled “The Body-as-Technology in Classical Chinese Medicine” on February 21, 2019 at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall 203. In this lecture, Hanson will explain how early modern Chinese healers maximized the instrumentalization of their bodies as a diagnostic and measuring instrument as well as a time-keeping, mnemonic, and calculating device. She will also illuminate how healers used their body-as-technology in classical Chinese medicine and how these findings reveal the range of knowledge about Heaven and Earth some early modern healers used their bodies and hands to master.

Marta Hanson is an Associate Professor of the history of East Asian medicine in the Department of the History of Medicine. Her research interests include the history of medicine, disease, and public health in China and the cultural history of Chinese arts of memory. She is currently the President of the International Society of the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the History Department C. Mildred Thompson Fund.

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