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Therapeutic Commodities: Trade and Medicine across early modern and modern boundaries

April 10th, 2018 (Tuesday – Registration
Address: Fudan Yan Yuan Hotel
18:00 – Welcome Dinner
Address: QuYuan, Fudan Yan Yuan Hotel

April. 11th Wednesday 9:00 – 18:00
Conference Address: Ground Floor Roundtable Room, Yifu Building
9:00 – 9:15 Opening
Chair: GAO Xi, Fudan University, Department of History
Welcoming Speech: HUANG Yang, Fudan University , Department of History;
Anne Gerritsen, Warwick University, Department of History
9:15 – 10:15 History of Therapeutic Commodities from the Perspective of Material Culture
Chair: ZHANG Daqing, Peking University, Institute of Medical Humanities
Speech: Claire Griffin, Nazarbayev University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
“Looking for the Exotic: Foreign Materia Medica and Perceptions of the World in
Early Modern Russia”
Speech: CHEN Ming, Peking University, Research Center of Eastern Literature
“The Itinerary of hingu/awei/asafetida across Eurasia, 400-1800”

10:15 – 10:40 Tea and Coffee Break & Group Photo

10:40–12:00 History of Therapeutic Commodities from the Perspective of Material Culture
Chair: CHEN Liyun, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Institute of Science and Technology Humanities
Speech: CHEN Xiufen, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
“Food, Medicine, and Filth: Analyzing Human Placenta from the Perspective of
Material Culture”
Speech: ZHENG Hong, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, School of Basic Medical Sciences
“The Birth and Transformation of Herbal Tea”
Speech: Rahul Olivier Markovits, École Normale Supérieure, Department of History
“Selling Canadian Ginseng to the Chinese: Towards a Connected History of a
Global Speculative Bubble (ca.1750)”
Commentator: WANG Jiakui, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:35 Therapeutic Commodities: Trades, Markets, and the Circulation (I)
Chair: Anne Gerritsen, Warwick University, Department of History
Speech: Michael Stanley-Baker, Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities
“Digitally Tracking Materia Medica across Time, Space, Genre and Canon”
Speech: Wouter Klein, Utrecht University, Freudenthal Institute
“Global Markets, Local Customers: East Asian Medicinal Substances and
Interoceanic Trade in the 18th Century”
Speech: GAO Xi, Fudan University, Department of History
“Market Influences on the Production of the Knowledge of Medicinal Materials:
An Essay on A Chinese Commercial Guide”
Speech: LUO Wanxian, Hong Kong Baptist University, Department of History
“From Southeast Asia to China: How the Empire of ‘Tiger Balm’ Was Established”
Commentators: Clare Griffin, Nazarbayev University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences;
LIU Shiyong, Academia Sinica, Institute of Taiwan History

15:35 – 15:45 Tea and Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:30 Therapeutic Commodities: Trades, Markets, and the Circulation (II)
Chair: ZHANG Yong’an, Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts, Department of History
Speech: PI Guoli, Taiwan Chung Yuan Christian University, Center for General Education
“The ‘Native Medicine’ or the ‘Substitute of Western Medicine’: Research on The
Production of Native Medicine during the Wartime (1937-1945)”
Speech: ZHOU Yongsheng, Fudan University, Department of History
“The Limitation of Freedom: Private Merchants’ Procurement of Medicinal
Materials after the Socialist Transformed Public-Private Partnership ”
Speech: MA Huan, Fudan University, Center for Historical Geographical Studies
“Some Thoughts on the Use of Trade Statistics of Chinese Medicines in the
Publications of the Old Customs”
Speech: DUAN Yao, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Institute of Historical Chinese Medical Literature Research
“Primary Investigation of the Development of the Herbal Medicine Market in
Chongqing during the Republican Period (1912-1949)”

Commentators: ZHANG Yong’an, Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts,
Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and
Media, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

18:00 Dinner - Address: Fuxuan Hotel, Hall 15-16

April. 12th Thursday 9:00-17:30 (Ground Floor Roundtable Room, Yifu Building)
9:00-10:40 The Spread of Therapeutic Knowledge and Commodities
Chair: GAO Xi, Fudan University, Department of History
Speech: LIU Shiyong, Academia Sinica, Institute of Taiwan History
“Selling Health: Popular Knowledge on Nourishment in China and Japan, 1930”
Speech: ZHANG Daqing, Peking University, Institute of Medical Humanities
“The Spread and Recreation of Iontophoresis in China”
Speech: ZHANG Shuqing, Taiwan Chang Gung University, Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences
“Magic Bullets in Taiwan: The Importation, Control, and Circulation of
Antibiotics in Taiwan during the 1950s”
Speech: SONG Jian, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of World History
“Consideration of the Supply-Demand Relationship between Traditional Muslim Medicine in Various Countries”
Commentators: LIU Bing, Tsinghua University, Institute of Science, Technology and Society;
Michael Stanley-Baker, Nanyang Technological University,

10:40-10:50 Tea and Coffee Break

10:50-12:00 Therapeutic Commodities in a Global Vision
Chair: WANG Jiakui, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Speech: Esther Helena Arens, University of Cologne, Institute of Dutch Language and Literature
“The Moluccas as Marketplace: Therapeutic Commodities in Rumphius’
Ambonese Herbal”
Speech: Anne Gerritsen, Warwick University, Department of History
“Rhubarb, medicine, trade and meaning across Eurasia”
Speech: LIN Rizhang, Journal of Fujian Normal University
“What is Rhubarb? An Investigation from the Perspective of World History and
Ethnohistory”
Speech: Samir Boumediene, École normale supérieure de Lyon, Institute of History
“Commodifying at a Distance: Nicolás Monardes and the Medicinal Things of the
Indies”
Commentator: CHEN Ming, Research Center of Eastern Literature, Peking University

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Shuttle Bus to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
14:00-15:00 Visit to the Museum of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

15:00-15:30 Tea and Coffee Break

15:30-17:10 Global Therapeutic Commodities and Trade on the Horizon of the Silk Road
Chair: CHEN Liyun, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Institute of Science and Technology Humanities
Speech: WANG Jiakui, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
“Investigating Records on Efficacy and Toxicology in Ancient Works of Chinese
Materia Medica From the Perspective of Pharmacology”
Speech: WANG Xingyi, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Institute of Science, Technology and Humanities
“Trade Activities in the Silk Road and the Great Epidemics from the Late Eastern
Han Dynasty”
Speech: Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
“Mapping the Movement of Therapeutic Commodities across Centuries and
Continents: Pre-Modern Afro-Eurasia (1205-1533CE) as a Show Case”
Speech: ZHOU Min, Institute of Science and Technology Humanities, Shanghai University of
Traditional Chinese Medicine
“Diet Therapy, Body and Medicine in Chinese Traditional Medicine”
Commentators: CHEN Liyun, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
ZHANG Shuqing, Taiwan Chang Gung University,

17:10-18:00 Roundtable
End of the Meeting
18:30 Dinner
20:00 Shuttle Bus to Fudan Yan Yuan Hotel
April. 13th Friday
Before 12:00 – Check Out in the Hotel

List of participants and preliminary topics:
  • Michael Stanley-Baker (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), "Digitally Tracking Materia Medica across Time, Space, Genre and Canon".
  • Ester Helena Arens (Köln University, Germany), "The Moluccas as Marketplace: Therapeutic Commodities in Rumphius’ Ambonese Herbal".
  • Wouter Klein (Utrecht University, Netherlands), "Global markets, local customers: East Asian medicinal substances and interoceanic trade in the 18th century".
  • Clare Griffin (Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan), "Looking for the Exotic: Foreign Materia Medica and Perceptions of the World in Early Modern Russia".
  • Rahul Markovits (Ecole normale supérieure, Paris), "Selling Canadian ginseng to the Chinese: Towards a connected history of a global speculative bubble (ca.1750)".
  • Andrea Nanetti (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), "Mapping the movement of therapeutic commodities across centuries and continents: Pre-Modern Afro-Eurasia (1205-1533CE) as a show case".
  • Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick, UK), "Consuming Rhubarb, Depicting China".