Organised by Volker Scheid with Carla Nappi and Howard Chiang with support from AHRC research network grant (£ 18,250) and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (€ 20,000).

Historians of science have produced a flourishing literature around the idea that even the most basic elements of knowledge-making have histories. Their work on the construction and transformation of concepts of evidence, scientific objectivity, and personhood has fundamentally changed the terrain of the history and philosophy of science and medicine, proving to be an indispensable source of inspiration for a new generation of scholars. Our conference provided an opportunity for cutting-edge historians and anthropologists to engage with the philosophical concerns of epistemology and the tools of cultural studies in order to reexamine the idea of "traditional" medicine in East Asia, and to discuss many of its basic elements (including notions of "lineage," "text," "tradition," "disease," "locality," and "the body") in order to inspire new questions and directions in the field.

For more details see the conference website