Contemporary China Workshop | ‘Gathering Medicines: Nation and Knowledge in China’s Mountain South’ | Duke Kunshan University

Contemporary China Workshop | ‘Gathering Medicines: Nation and Knowledge in China’s Mountain South’

E.g., 06/16/2021
E.g., 06/16/2021
04/29
21:00 to 22:30
Online

Contemporary China Workshop | ‘Gathering Medicines: Nation and Knowledge in China’s Mountain South’

Featuring:

  • Judith Farquhar, University of Chicago
  • Lili Lai, Peking University
  • Ralph Litzinger, Duke University
  • Nicole Barnes, Duke University

Zoom Meeting ID: 983 0251 8980 | Passcode: 244719
Date & Time: Thursday April 29, 9-10:30pm BST / 9-10:30am EST
To register, email chi.zhang323@dukekunshan.edu.cn

Judith Farquhar is the Max Palevsky Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. She does research on traditional medicine, popular culture and everyday life in contemporary China. Her anthropological areas of interest include medical anthropology; the anthropology of knowledge and of embodiment; critical theory and cultural studies; and theories of reading, writing and translation. She has published numerous books include “Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter in Chinese Medicine” (Westview Press), “Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life” (edited with M. Lock, Duke University Press), “Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China” (Duke University Press), and “Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing” (with Zhang Qicheng, Zone Press).

Her recent publication, co-authored with professor Lili Lai from Peking University, is “Gathering Medicines: Nation and Knowledge in China’s Mountain South” (University of Chicago Press). This book is based on Farquhar and Lai’s study on how minority ethnic groups in China’s southern mountains gather medicines and have their local healing systems codified. “Gathering Medicines” shares their intimate views of how people understand ethnicity, locality, the body and nature. This ethnography of knowledge diversities in multiethnic China is a testament to the rural wisdom of mountain healers: One that theorizes, from the ground up, the dynamic encounters between formal statist knowledge and the popular authority of the wild.

At Duke Kunshan University, Farquhar will join us for a workshop discussion of “Gathering Medicines.” The workshop will also feature Lai, and professors Ralph Litzinger and Nicole Barnes from Duke University.

Students and faculty who wish to join the workshop should register and read a chapter of this book before coming to the discussion. Email Chi Zhang (chi.zhang323@dukekunshan.edu.cn) to register and receive the chapter by Monday April 26. Students and faculty who wish to join as audience members do not need to register.