JAS-EASTM 2020 Program (updated February 7th, 2020)

April 17th, Friday (Mergenthaler 111)

1pm – Opening Remarks – Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins University

1:30-3:00 Cosmologies in Context

  • Chair: Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins University
    • Lars Christensen, University of Minnesota: “Nine, the Stitch in Time That Saved the Bell: Tuning, Measurement, and Numerology in Post-Classical China”
    • Dong Han, University of Warwick: “From Cartography to Christian Iconography: Giulio Aleni’s Cosmological Images and Jesuit Scientific Imagery in Seventeenth-Century China”
    • Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh: University of Cambridge: “Writers of the Lost Ark: Reconstructing the Fight for Primacy in the Jesuit China Mission from the Acta Pekinensia, 1658-1707”
    • Inho Choi, Johns Hopkins University: “Early Modern Cosmological Translations and Transformation of East Asian Order”


30m Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 Wars and Post-Wars in East Asia

  • Chair: Juyoung Lee, Johns Hopkins University
    • Yuk Lum Jennifer Yip, University of Pennsylvania: “The Mind Is a Weapon: The Development of Military Psychology in Wartime China, 1937–1945”
    • Seohyun Park, Virginia Tech: “Reassembling Colonial Infrastructure in Cold War Korea: The Han River Basin Joint Survey Team (1966-71)”
    • Youjung Shin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “The Ramifications of the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) in Shaping Cognitive Science in South Korea: Jung-Mo Lee and ‘Soft Science’ in the Information Society”
    • Yoehan Oh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “South Korean and Czech Republic’s Search Engines: Platforms’ Internet Software at Large and Googolonization”


5:15-6:30 Keynote — Roundtable: Marta Hanson and Sasha White on Epidemics

6:30 Reception

April 18th, Saturday (Mergenthaler 111)

8:30 – 9 Breakfast

9 – 10:30 Medicines in the Religio-medical Marketplace

  • Chair: Sarah Zanolini, Johns Hopkins University
    • Hsiao-wen Cheng, University of Pennsylvania: “Drug Market, Environment, and Healing Culture in Song China: A Case Study of Cangzhu (Black Atractylodes Rhizome)”
    • Alessandro Poletto, Columbia University: “On the Understanding of i 医 in Ancient and Medieval Japan”
    • William McGrath, Manhattan College: “Recovering a Lost Medical Tradition: The Zhang School and the Tibetan Assimilation of Indian Medicine”


30m Coffee Break

11 – 12:30 Public Health

  • Chair: James Flowers, Johns Hopkins University
    • Tianyuan Huang, Columbia University: “Treating Syphilis in the Urban Space of Tokyo: An HGIS-based Narrative, 1875-1905”
    • Yang Li, Princeton University: “Barefoot Doctor’s Magic Bullet: Mass Production of Antibiotics and Expertise Politics in Cold War China”
    • Xiaoping Fang, Nanyang Technological University/National Humanities Center: “Global Pandemic, Local Politics: Disease and Social Restructuring in Mao’s China”


12:30-2 Lunch

2-3:30 Genetics

  • Chair: Ayah Nurridin, Johns Hopkins University
    • Matthew Pak Hei Foreman Wong, Northwestern University: “Becoming Racist: Race Science and the Formation of Modern Chinese Subjectivity, 1900-1945”
    • Christopher Tong, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: “Evolutionary Cosmologies: Science, Race, and State-building in Early 20th-Century China”
    • Sumiko Hatakeyama, University of Pennsylvania: “Beyond Radiation: The “Rogue” Cell Research and Hibakusha Chromosomes”


30m Coffee Break

3:30-5:00  National Citizens, National Resources

  • Chair: Yize Hu, Johns Hopkins University
    • Noa Nahmias, York University: “Science as common knowledge: popular science exhibitions in 1930s China.”
    • Xinfang Yan, University of Pennsylvania/Tsinghua University: “Moving Knowledge and Transforming Language: The Vernacular Movement in the Flows of Western Science in China”
    • Qieyi Liu, University of Toronto: “Duzhong Herb, Eucommia, or the “Chinese Rubber Tree”: Enacting “Economic Plants” in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century China”


5:15 Keynote — Eugenia Lean, Columbia University: Vernacular Industrialism in China: Local Innovation and Translated Technologies in the Making of a Cosmetics Empire, 1900-1940

6:30 Dinner