Laurent Pordié, CNRS, Paris
Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College
Wen-Hua Kuo, National Yang-Ming University
Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
Volker Scheid, University of Westminster, London
Alex McKay, retired, SOAS and UCL
Over the last three decades, Asian medicine has become a central feature in most contemporary societies. This series explores the local fabric and global aspirations of these modes of healing.
We seek to bring attention to two decisive phenomena in these processes. The first concerns the relations between Asian medicine and biomedical science and objects. Braided concepts and tools, new understandings of the body, technological patterns of drugs’ production, revised regulatory schemes and policy making manifest and reinforce the transformations of Asian Medicine. In these situations, Asian therapies may also be blended among themselves or associated to other non-biomedical practices. The second phenomenon deals with the global and its scales, whether Asian Medicine is located in Asia or elsewhere. Macro dynamics and local forms of globalization impact practice and production on both social and therapeutic planes. This dual approach mingling medical encounters and globalization scales is embedded into politics of healing, such as modes of governance and regulation or the rise of nationalisms that take place within or without processes of therapeutic transnationalism.
With this in mind, we seek to unpack and understand the synchronic transformations that have characterized Asian Medicine since the 1990s, whether it is a matter of digging into the longer historical construction of this key period or its more recent inferences. These places of convergence include, among other things, the global circulation of people, ideas and objects, pharmaceutical and therapeutic innovation, the advent of technology in the mass production of medical goods, the moral and normative dimensions of traditional medicine research, issues of protection of knowledge, as well the social use of biomedical science/concepts by local practitioners and their epistemological implications.
Works in social sciences ranging from history to anthropology and the social study of science provide the disciplinary backbone of the series.