The Centre for the Humanities and Medicine was established in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Faculty of Arts and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong.

As an economic and cultural hub for East and Southeast Asia, at the forefront of research in Medicine and the Arts, Hong Kong provides a strategic setting for rethinking global networks of knowledge.

The Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at Hong Kong is the first institution of its kind in Asia, and one of the few in the world with a mission to foster interdisciplinary research and teaching in relation to three broad interconnected themes: the challenges posed by the translation of biomedical technologies into society; the relationship between disease, health, culture and society; and the humanization of our understanding and practice of medicine. Aside from its research strand, the Centre has a commitment to the development of cross-disciplinary teaching at The University of Hong Kong and to knowledge exchange.


Dr. Priscilla Song spoke to the HKU Bulletin about her research

Professor Peckham has been awarded the MB Lee Endowed Professorship in the Humanities and Medicine

December 12-14, 2019
History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA) Conference 2019

June 18, 2019 (4:00pm)
Medicines Across Eurasia: A Digital Humanities Experiment at Lecture Hall at May Hall, HKU

June 17, 2019 (4:00pm)
American Medicine and Only for You at 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

June 13, 2019 (4:30pm)
Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice
at 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

June 5, 2019 (3:00pm)
Postpartum Depression: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Reproductive Health and Mental Illness at 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

June 3, 2019 (4:00pm)
Who is the ‘Common’ in the ‘Common Good?’: The Floating Population and the Bifurcation of Service and Governance in Chinese Public Health after SARS at 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Professor Peckham spoke to the South China Morning Post in connection with the 'Contagious Cities' exhibition at Tai Kwun

Mingpao interviewed Dr. Song about her research and her book Biomedical Odysseys (in Chinese)

New Course for Semester 2: HIST2140 Health, Medicine and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China

Job Posting: Associate/Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Medicine (Closes Feb 15, 2019)

Launch of a new book series, Histories and Ecologies of Health, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and edited by Robert Peckham.

Robert Peckham and Ria Sinha publish a paper on ‘Anarchitectures of Health: Futures for the Biomedical Drone’ in Global Public Health.

Dr. Priscilla Song Awarded Francis L. K. Hsu Book Prize. Please click here for details.

The CHM is pleased to announce that it will participate in the upcoming Wellcome sponsored project Contagious Cities: A collaborative exploration of microbes, migration and the metropolis

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