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Health and Diseases in Modern and Contemporary East Asia. A Dialogical Perspective

March 25 2024 - March 26 2024 - Workshop

International symposium
Illustration : Wellcome Collection

International symposium « Health and Diseases in Modern and Contemporary East Asia. A Dialogical Perspective »
In honor of Susan L. Burns, visiting professor at Université Paris Cité

Dates : Monday and Tuesday, March 25th and 26th, 2024

Venue : Université Paris Cité, Room Léon Vandermeersch (481C, 4th floor, C wing, Grands Moulins Building, 5 rue Thomas Mann, 75013, Paris)

Organized by Florence Bretelle-Establet (CNRS, SPHERE), Ken Daimaru (Université Paris Cité, CRCAO), Anne-Lise Mithout (Université Paris Cité, CRCAO) and Pierre-Emmanuel Roux (Université Paris Cité, CCJ)

Program :

Monday, March 25th

9:00-9:10 : Introduction

Part 1 chaired by Pierre-Emmanuel Roux (Université Paris Cité, CCJ)
9:10-9:55 : Marta Hanson (Independant Scholar), “Healthscaping as a Conceptual Tool for Public-Health History in Premodern China”
9:55-10:40 : Florence Bretelle-Establet (CNRS, SPHERE), “Smallpox and Variolation in 18th Century China: Risk, Ethics, and Innovation Through the Eyes and Words of Chinese Doctors”
10:40-10:55 : Coffee Break
10:55-11:40 : Ken Daimaru (Université Paris Cité, CRCAO), “Experts and Language of Endemics in 19th Century Japan”
11:40-12:25 : Hiro Fujimoto (Heidelberg University), “Southern Expansion of Japanese Women Doctors, 1920–1940”

Part 2 chaired by Ken Daimaru
13:30–14:30 : Susan L. Burns (University of Chicago, Université P aris Cité Invited Professsor), “The Medical Marketplace and the Making of Modern Tokyo”
14:30-15:15 : Bernard Thomann (Inalco, IFRAE), “The Recognition of Silicosis as an Occupational Disease in 20th Century Japan”
15:15-15:30 : Coffee Break
15:30-16:15 : Antonetta Bruno (Sapienza University of Rome), “Metamorphosis of Smallpox in Korea: Narrative on Virulence and Deification”
16:15-17:00 : Anne-Lise Mithout (Université Paris Cité, CRCAO), “Rethinking the Japanese Disability Right Movement as Part of the History of Medicine”
17:00–17:45 : Naho Tanimoto (Kansai University), “The Reality of Cosmetic Surgery in Japan”
17:45-18:00 : Coffee Break
18:00–18:45 : General discussion

Tuesday, March 26th

Part 3 chaired by Anne-Lise Mithout
9:00-9:45 : Marie-Océane Lachaud (Inalco, IFRAE), “Chongdu (smallpox vaccine) and its Medical Conceptions. Study Focusing on Korean Medical Treatises Between the 18th and 19th Centuries”
9:45-10:30 : Marina Valente (Université Paris Cité), “Rethinking the History of Cholera Epidemics in 19th century Chosŏn Korea”
10:30-10:45 : Coffee break
10:45-11:30 : Anatole Bernet (SciencesPo, Centre d’histoire), “Japan’s Health Transition at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
11:30-12:15 : Jean Corbi (SciencesPo, Centre d’histoire), “In the Shadow of Doctors. Health Workers in Sichuan, 1900-1950”


This event is funded by Université Paris Cité, the Institute of Humanities, Sciences and Societies, the GIS Asie and the CRCAO (UMR 8155) research center, in collaboration with the Departement of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of Université Paris Cité, the Center for a History of Philosophy and Science seen from Asia, Africa and so on of the SPHERE (UMR 7219), the CCJ (UMR 8173) research center, and the France-Japan Foundation of the EHESS.