East Asian medicine events at the AAS

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Dear Colleagues,


Since so many of us who study science, medicine, and technology in Asia attend the AAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. (March 22-25), we have organized three additional events on Thursday, March 22 (the first day of the conference).
All are free, and all of you are warmly invited to attend! They events are jointly sponsored by the two international societies, IASTAM North America (the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine) and ISHEASTM (International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine).

Event #1: Workshop for IASTAM North America, Thursday, March 22, 1:00-3:00 pm, Marriott Buchanan Room
All members and friends of IASTAM are invited to attend this workshop, We will first introduce ourselves to one another with a "lightning round" wherein each person will have two minutes to share something about their current research project. For the second half of the workshop, two people have volunteered to present longer presentations (15-20 minutes) on a current digital humanities research project or their research methods.

Kathryn Ibata-Arens (DePaul University, Chicago), will present “Sharing traditional medicine knowledge to save it: access and benefit sharing in intellectual property rights within a data-driven digital world,” which provides an historical-institutional analysis of multilateral policy and national and local level practice in stakeholder inclusion for access and benefit sharing of traditional medicine knowledge (TMK) within a global intellectual property rights regime designed and governed at the behest of Western pharmaceutical firms. C. Pierce Salguero (Penn State Abington) will present on "Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia,” which is a project in progress based on an ethnographic study of Asian and Asian American Buddhist institutions and healers in the Greater Philadelphia area, using undergraduate research assistants to conduct questionnaires, interviews, and audio-visual recordings.

Event #2: Workshop for ISHEASTM, Thursday, March 22, 3:00-5:00 pm, Marriott Park Tower 8222.
All members and friends of ISHEASTM are invited to attend this workshop. The format will be very similar to that of event #1, though the participants and presenters will differ, so if you are interested please attend both. Susan Burns (University of Chicago) will present on “Mapping Medical Tokyo” on how she uses Arc-Gis technology to explore the relationship between the cityscape of late 19th century Tokyo and new medical institutions. Fang Xiaoping (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) will present on “The politics of the global pandemic in Mao’s China" discussing his research based on rare archival documents and oral interviews that add perspectives not necessarily available in the databases of the People’s Daily CD, the Cultural Revolution Database, and CNKI.

After Professor Haejoang Cho’s keynote address at 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome to join us for dinner at 7:30 at the nearby restaurant at the Afghan Grill, 2309 Calvert St NW, DC 20008    http://www.afghangrill.com/

Event #3: Social hour for ISHEASTM and IASTAM North America. Thursday, March 22, 9:45-11:00 pm, Marriott Park Tower 8212. Come chat with your colleagues over drinks (soft drinks free; alcoholic drinks served at a cash bar) and rejoice in the magnificent concentration of like-minded thinkers!

We look forward to seeing many of you and interested colleagues soon!

Lijing Jiang, Nicole Barnes, and Marta Hanson​


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