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.


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

2 April 2019 (2:00pm) Line Over Matter: Mapping, Translating, and Defending Meridians (1931-1981) at 10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

March 28, 2019 (11:00am) Pharmaceuticals in Divergence: Chakachua (Fakes), Fugitive Science, and Postcolonial Critique in Tanzania at 10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

March 26, 2019 (2:00pm) Disorder and Diagnosis in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula at 10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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

March 25, 2019 (4:30pm) Troubling Conscience: Religious Freedom And Health Care In Modern America at Room 4.36, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

March 5, 2019 (4:30pm) Commentary, Criticism and the Making of Knowledge in 15th c. Islamic Astronomy at Room 4.04, 4/F 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)

February 22, 2019 (7:00pm) Biomedical Odysseys: The Global Quest to Cure the Incurable at Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

February 15, 2019 (1:00pm) Biomedical Odysseys:
Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China
at Room 115 Humanities Building
New Asia College, CUHK

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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