This teaching development workshop will present five examples for integrating the studies of medicine, body, and society into Asian Studies and global course curricula. Each of the presenters will use a previously taught syllabus that showcases unique teaching perspectives.
The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate several examples of how the scholarly studies of medicine and the body can be introduced and utilized pedagogically across a spectrum of institutional and academic teaching contexts. The workshop especially targets general Asian Studies teachers and faculty not familiar with the historical and literary studies of medicine and the body who are interested in integrating more area and global examples, as well as experts who wish to broaden the scope of historical courses to appeal across a broader spectrum of students. The East Asian body as a site of knowledge or theory production is highlighted, demonstrating that there are unique contributions to both area studies and non-area studies curricula.
Nicole Barnes (Duke University) will unpack the microanalytical methods and practices at the Duke MicroWorld Labs, which provides a community environment for learning, writing, and experimentation in microhistory. Wayne Soon (Vassar College) will rethink the nature of final projects as pedagogical opportunities that can challenge orientalism, teleology, and groupthink on the East Asian body and medicine. Howard Chiang (University of California, Davis) will discuss how teaching the history of sexuality opens up new avenues of rethinking the body in a global and East Asian context for students. Lisa Claypool (University of Alberta) considers how we can directly relate to the past by way of a figural artifact or work of art representing the body through the construction of her syllabus. Hoi-Eun Kim (Texas A&M University) will share with us insights on teaching the broader context of the medicine in the Japanese Empire and its intersection with colonial pharmaceuticals.
Each presenter will have 12 minutes to present, followed by 45 minutes of audience questions and discussion. Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University) will chair the panel, moderate the Q&A, and offer insights during the discussion from her experience teaching the history of medicine.