The Centre for the Humanities and Medicine is pleased to announce the following events:



12-14 December

History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA) Conference 2019

18 June

Medicines Across Eurasia: A Digital Humanities Experiment at Lecture Hall at May Hall, HKU

17 June

American Medicine and Only for You at 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

13 June

Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice at 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

5 June

Postpartum Depression: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Reproductive Health and Mental Illness at 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

3 June

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

23 April

Bamboo Dwellers: Plague, Photography, and the House in Late-Colonial Java at 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

6 April

Bitten: Inside the Mosquito World. Dr. Ria Sinha at Tai Kwun in connection with ‘Contagious Cities’

2 April

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

28 March

Pharmaceuticals in Divergence: Chakachua (Fakes), Fugitive Science, and Postcolonial Critique in Tanzania at 10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

26 March

Disorder and Diagnosis in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula at 10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

25 March

Troubling Conscience: Religious Freedom And Health Care In Modern America at Room 4.36, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

5 March

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

22 February

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

15 February

Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China at Room 115 Humanities Building New Asia College, CUHK

1 February

Professor Peckham participated in a panel titled "Contagion and Hygiene" at Tai Kwun

22 January

Starvation as Experiment and Experience During World War II at Room 4.04, 4/F Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

Past symposia and workshops include:



19 December

Film screening: Bending the Arc. Lecture Theater 2&3, Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre, G/F, William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road 

14 December

Warwick Anderson - Global Health in the Anthropocene: The History of (and History in) Planetary Health
CPD 2.58, 2/F The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

13 December

Population in Histories and Ecologies of Health
CPD 2.58, 2/F The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

13-14 December

International Conference on Histories and Ecologies of Health. CPD 2.58, 2/F Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

30 November

Ayo Wahlberg - Good Quality

20 November

Research Seminar on Meat, Mercy, Morality: Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial India

6 November

Noise, Sound and Sleep: An Interdisciplinary Seminar

11 October

Research Seminar on Medical Violence: Assaults on Medical Workers in Urban Chinese Hospitals

17-18 May

International workshop on Phones, Drones, and Disease: Epidemic Intelligence and the Future of Communications in East Asia

18 May

WHO Global Health History Seminar on Global Health Histories 106 - 'Strategies of Anti-Panic: A New Approach to Epidemic Panic'

10 April

Research Seminar on Historical Epidemiology and Contemporary Disease Challenges



24 July

Research Seminar on Dreams of Infrastructure and the Pasts of Global Health: Examples from Senega

20 July

Research Seminar on Agency, Assemblage and Care in Contemporary Life Writing by Migrants in Germany

18 July

Research Seminar on Technologies of Care in Chinese Hospitals

25 April

Research Seminar on A Panoply of Reason: Anti-Epidemic Masks as Visual and Material Technologies

11-12 May

International Workshop on Infectious Routes: Epidemics and Migration in Asia

28 March

Research Seminar on Between Securitisation and Neglect: Managing Ebola at the Borders of Global Health



25 November - 24 December

Academic Visit by Visting Research Professor - Professor Srikant Sarangi

5 April

Public Lecture on Rumour and Secret Space: Organ Snatching Tales and Medical Missions in Nineteenth Century China

24 March

SMT Research Seminar on Geo-psychology

23 February

Public Lecture on Epidemic Risk: A Communication Perspective

18 February

SMT Research Seminar on A Tale of Secrets and Sintok: An Eighteenth-Century Swiss Surgeon in the Dutch East India Company

4 February

SMT Research Seminar on Health: History and Communication



5 November

Research Seminar on The Greening of Asia

15 October

SMT Research Seminar on Finding Faults: Seismology and the Politics of Predictive Science

8 October

SMT Research Seminar on Sentinels for the Environment: Birdwatchers in Taiwan and Hong Kong

24 September

SMT Research Seminar on Exploring The Rockefeller Archives 2015

25 April - 31 August

Fever: The History of Malaria in Hong Kong Exhibition

20 April

Centre for the Humanities and Medicine "Open Day"

26 -27 March

Animal Histories in Human Health: Comparative Perspectives from East Asia, 1850-1950

27 March

Public Lecture on Profiting from the Past: Has History Helped us Understand Infectious Diseases?

4 March

Special HKU Event X Ajahn Brahm’s Hong Kong Teaching Tour 2015: Panel Discussion “The Meaning of Human Life in the Universe with Evidence from Buddhism and Science”



11 -14 June

Mortal Histories: Death in Mass Culture

3 - 17 March

Academic Visit by CHM/Leeds Arts Engaged Fellow - Dr Laura King

25 February

Seminar on Was it measles – or influenza – that killed thousands of soldiers in the American Civil War?

25 January

Seminar on Facing Illness with Compassion for healthcare professionals by Ven Dhammadipa


19 November - 18 December

Academic Visit by Visting Research Professor - Professor Srikant Sarangi

10 December

Film contest on Testing Saves Lives by Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health (SESH)

7 -8 December

3rd Winter School for Health Communication with Professor Srikant Sarangi

5 -6 December

International Conference on Viral Imaginaries:Infectious Disease and Society in Contemporary China

22 November

Health communication across private and public spheres: Mapping a research agenda

21 November

Research Seminar on The Making of Modern Anthrax

14 November

Museum Talk at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences ( Register Now!)

11 - 24 November

Academic Visit by CHM/Leeds Arts Engaged Fellow - Dr James Stark

24 April

Public Lecture on The Birth of Public Health: A Contemporary Story

25 -26 April

International Conference on Making and Breaking the Humanitarian

12 April

Social Entrepreneurship and Creative Aging

12 April

EngAGE Across Intergenerations - A Student Forum with Tim Carpenter

7 March

Seminar on The "Untimely" Story of Cancer (and Its Othered Realities) by Vicky W.K. Yau (Co-sponsored with the Department of Comparative Literature)


10 - 11 December

Panic: Disease, Crisis and Empire

8 - 9 December

2nd Winter School on Health Communication

4 December

Seminar on Sex, Gender and ICD-11: what to do about all those people down there in Blocks 64-66 by Dr. Sam Winter

15 November

Seminar on Global Health Citizenship from Historical Perspectives: The Case of the World Health Organization by Dr. Harry Wu

1 November

Social Entrepreneurship for Health: Enhancing Networks & Building Capacities

22 October

Seminar on Braving Disease and Death by Professor Anne Marie Rafferty

21 - 28 May

Humanitas 2012

27 April

Lunchtime Seminar on Sympathy and Contagion: Epidemic Behaviours in Nineteenth-Century Britain by Professor Pamela Gilbert

16 - 20 April

Consultation visit for Medical Humanities by Professor Jane Schultz

19 April

Lecture on Hired to Care: American Civil War Nurses and the Military Body

9 - 11 March

International Conference on Music and the Body

11 February

Day of Mindfulness Retreat



17 - 18 December

1st Winter School on Health Communication

4-5 December

Workshop on Mindful Communication

24 November

Public Forum on Social Entrepreneurship for Health

24-25 November

Workshop on Social Entrepreneurhsip for Sexual Health

20 October

Roundtable session on The Folk and the Formal - Common Sense, Experience, and Official Authority in East Asia with Prof. Judith B. Farquhar

19 October

Public lecture on Healing and Heritage

17 October

Seminar on Validating Concepts of Mental Disorder:Precedents from the History of Science

13 October

Seminar on Confronting Plague through Literature: New Perspectives on an Old Theme

16 May

The Art of Humanity: A Public Conversation

13 May

Lunchtime seminar on Global Health and Conspiracy Theories

11 May

Public lecture on When Humanitarianism Goes to War

18 - 19 April

International conference on Disease and Crime: Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health

18 April

Seminar on The Official World

15 April

Seminar on Contextualising 'Communication' Skills/Knowledge in Healthcare Research and Training

17 February

Seminar on Seeing Pain

15 February

Seminars on The Power of Mindfulness and Compassion for Health Care Professionals / Success Redefined

17 January

Seminar on Mad Lit.

14 January

Public lecture on "Stand Up Straight": Posture and the Meanings Attributed to the Upright Body



30 November - 3 December

9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Genetics

23 November

Symposium on The Nature of Altruism

22 November

Lecture on HIV/AIDS - a Scientific and Human Adventure in Response to an Emerging Epidemic

3 November

Day of Mindfulness

24 September

Seminar on The Touching, Feeling, Flourishing Body: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Touch

13 September

Seminar on Brain is the Ruler of the Body: The Appearance of Ailuo Brain Tonic and the Changing Concept of Body in Modern China

24 -26 July

International conference on Communicating with Patients in the Genetic Counselling Setting in Hong Kong

13 July

Special Session of the international conference: Constructing Pandemics

12 July

Symposium on Body Films: New Approaches to Medicine and Film

19 May

Public lecture on The Boundaries and Definition of Mental Disorder: Evolutionary Theories and the DSM

14 May

Forum on Re-Generation, De-Generation

29 April

Seminar on Goethe and Reichenbach: the heritage of Romantic philosophy in post-Linnaean Botany

23 April

International workshop on Death: Philosophy, Therapy, Medicine

25 -26 March

International workshop on Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia

11 February

Public lecture on Arthur Conan Doyle and the Consumption Cure

20 January

Public lecture on New Media and the Changing Horizons of Medical History: Using the Language of the Future Present to Reconceive the Distant Past



9-11 December

International workshop on Imperial Contagions: Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia, 1880-1949

27 April

Beyond the Individual: People, Populations, Genetics



15 December

Framing Histories in Medicine