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Chinese Medicine in East Africa: how trade relations affect medical practice

Public Lecture Series

24th October (Friday), 3-5pm

Venue: C333, Arts C Building

 

Elisabeth Hsu

Professor in Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Green Templeton College. 

Over the last decade, small-scale Chinese medical practices have made inroads into East Africa, spreading out thinly throughout its urban areas and catering to clientele from all walks of society. This lecture highlights how international trade relations andregulations affect their medical practice at the grassroots. On a theoretical level, this lecture critiques the concept of culture as defined by sameness in terms of religion, language, and territory. Rather, cultural life emerges as realms within which difference is recognised and responded to, turning ‘the other’ into an ‘inclusive other’, particularly in the context of reproductive health.

Staff and students are all welcome!

For inquiries: C.K.Chekar@sussex.ac.uk or H.C.Chang@sussex.ac.uk