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2017-2018 Workshop: Chinese Medicine and Healing: Translating Practice

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The Cornell East Asia Program's Translation Studies Initiative, with generous support from the Internationalization Funding from the Vice-Provost for International Affairs, the Jeffrey Sean Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China, and the Humanities Council on behalf of the Society for the Humanities (SHUM) hosted the workshop “Chinese Medicine and Healing: Translating Practice” from June 15-18, 2018 in 700 Clark Hall at Cornell University's Ithaca campus.

The workshop was organized by Professor TJ Hinrichs (Cornell University, History), Professor Bridie Andrews (Bentley University, History), and Dr. Yi-li Wu (Center Associate, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan) in cooperation with the Cornell East Asia Program.

This workshop took healing practices and the social worlds within which they operate as touchstones for translating the multiple layers of meaning in texts on Chinese medicine and healing. As in other fields, scholars of healing must read texts in relation to each other, in relation to the communities and social conditions of text production and reading, and in relation to forms of text circulation. Unlike other works, though, the stakes in the production and dissemination of healing-related texts include commitments to health and therapeutic efficacy. The tension between conveying the polyvalence and inter-referentiality of the sources and producing clear terminology in target languages continues to vex the translation and hence the public understanding of the field. Through the foundational process of reading primary source documents, and by analyzing them through the lens of practice and social context, this workshop brought different healing modalities into explicit conversation with each other, while also building and deepening intellectual exchanges among an otherwise highly dispersed international community of scholars. 

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Chinese Medicine and Healing Program Schedule

Friday, June 15, 2018

8:45-9:00 Coffee, Gathering

9:00-9:30 Organizers Welcome and Opening Remarks

TJ Hinrichs (Cornell University)

Bridie Andrews (Bentley University)

Yi-Li WU (University of Michigan)

Text Session I: Bodies

9:30-10:30 Bridie Andrews (Bentley University) 

Common knowledge about Acupuncture and the Body as Expressed in the Prefaces to Hua Shou 滑壽, Elaboration of the Fourteen Channels (Shishi jing fahui 十四經發揮, 1341)

10:45-11:45 Hsiao-wen CHENG (University of Pennsylvania)

Song-Yuan Medical and biji Accounts about Sexual Anomalies

11:45-1:45 Lunch and Walk

1:45-2:45 Shiau-Yun CHEN (Cornell University)

Diseases of Jealousy in the Ming

3:00-4:00 Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University)

“Understanding is Within One’s Grasp” (liaoran zai wo燎然在握): The World within the Hands in the Classified Canon, Illustrated with Commentary (Leijing tuyi 類經圖翼, 1624)

4:15-5:15 Yi-Li Wu(University of Michigan)

Hu Tingguang 胡廷光, Shangke huizuan 傷科彙纂 (Compilation of Teachings on Traumatology, 1815)

5:30 Dinner and Free Activity

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Text Session II: Nourishing Life and Daily Health Regimens

9:00-9:30 Coffee, Gathering

9:30-10:30 Dolly YANG (University College London)

Chao Yuanfang 巢元方 et al., Zhubing yuanhou lun 諸病源候論 (Treatise on the Origins and Symptoms of Medical Disorders, 610 CE)

10:45-11:45 Leslie De Vries (University of Kent)

“Essay on the Three Oddities,” in Li Zhongzi 李中梓 (1588-1655), Shanbu yisheng weilun 刪補頤生微論 (Subtle Discourses on Nourishing Life, Revised and Supplemented, 1642)

11:45-1:45 Lunch and Walk

1:45-2:45 Clarence I-Zhuen Lee (Cornell University)

Considering “Not Eating” in Mid-Edo Period Japan: Kagawa Shūan 香川修庵 (1683-1755), Ippondō Kōyo Igen 一本堂行余医言, Extended Teachings of Ippondō, 1788)

Text Session III: Demonic Ailments and Ritual Therapies

3:00-4:00 TJ Hinrichs (Cornell University)

“General Discourse on Talismans and Interdictions” 符禁門總論, Shengji zonglu 聖濟總錄 (Comprehensive Record of Sagely Beneficence, 1118), juan 195

4:15-5:15 Andrew Macomber (Columbia University)

Monks of the Tendai Sanmon-Anō 天台山門穴太流 lineage, Denshibyō shu no koto 傳屍病種事 (On the Types of Corpse-vector Disease, 13th century)

5:30- Dinner and free activity

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Text Session IV: Producing and Transmitting Knowledge

9:00-9:30 Coffee, Gathering

9:30-10:30 Sarah Zanolini (Johns Hopkins University)

Dunhuang manuscript P.2115: Wu zang lun 五臟論 (Treatise on the Five Viscera) and Pingmai lüeli 平脈略例 (Brief Outline of Balancing the Pulses, 7th century)

10:45-11:45 WEI Bing (Sichuan University Institute of Culture and Health of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 四川大学中医文化与养生研究所)

On the Metaphor of Aconite in the Discourse of Song Dynasty Scholar-Officials: Yang Tianhui 楊天惠 (fl. 11th-12th century) Zhang Ming fuzi ji 彰明附子紀 (Zhang Ming Notes on Aconite, 1099?)

11:45-1:45 Lunch and Walk

1:45-2:45 Stephen Boyanton (Independent Scholar, Chengdu)

Xu Shuwei 許叔微 (1080-1154), Shanghan baizheng ge 傷寒百證歌 (One Hundred Verses on Cold Damage)

3:00-4:00 CHEN Yun-Ju (Academia Sinica)

Wang Shuo 王碩, Yijian fang 易簡方 (Easy and Simple Formulas, 1196)

4:15-5:15 Hilary A. Smith (University of Denver)

Zhang Congzheng 張從正, Rumen shiqin 儒門事親 (A Scholar’s Service to His Parents, 1224-1231)

5:30- Dinner and free activity

Monday, June 18, 2018

Text Session V: Paratext and Context

9:00-9:30 Coffee, Gathering

9:30-10:30 LIU Yan (SUNY-Buffalo)

Xinxiu bencao 新修本草 (Newly Revised Materia Medica, 659)

10:45-11:45 CHEN Hao (Renmin University of China)

A Comparative Reading on the First Chapter of Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold from Sun the Immortal (孫真人千金方) and Essential Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold for Emergencies (備急千金要方)

11:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 XIAO Rong (University of Shenzhen)

The Preface of Guiyi fang (鬼遺方)

3:00-4:00 LEE Jen-der (Academia Sinica)

Preface (1433), postscript (1633), and some selected prescriptions for women in the Hyangyak-jibseongbang 鄉藥集成方 (Standard Prescriptions of Local Botanicals)

4:00-5:00 Roundtable: Issues in Translation Methodology Revisited — with Editorial Panel

Bridie Andrews (Bentley University) General Editor and Section Editor, Handbook to the Classical Medical Literature of China

TJ Hinrichs (Cornell University) Editorial Board, Guided Readings in Classical Chinese; Section Editor, Handbook to the Classical Medical Literature of China

FAN Ka wai (City University of Hong Kong) Section Editor, Handbook to the Classical Medical Literature of China

Pierce Salguero (Penn State University—Abington College) Editor-in-Chief, Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine.

Yi-Li Wu (University of Michigan) Section Editor, Handbook to the Classical Medical Literature of China

6:00- Dinner (downtown)