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September 26, 2012

Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Medicine: “Buddhist Medicine in China: Disease, Healing, and the Body in Cross-cultural Translation”

Professor C. Pierce Salguero
Abington College, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, October 4, 2012 | noon-1pm
Room 1022, South Thayer Building
Co-sponsored by the LSA Translation Theme Semester 2012

Abstract: A massive amount of Buddhist literature was transmitted from India to China during the first millennium CE via the Silk Road and maritime trade routes. Although historians of medicine have paid little attention to this transmission, a wide range of Indian medical ideas and practices were also embedded in these Buddhist texts. This talk discusses how long-forgotten Chinese translations of this corpus challenge some of the prevailing assumptions in Chinese, Indian and global histories of medicine. An exploration of these texts also reveals the importance of cultural and linguistic translation in local adaptations of global medical currents.

Posted by zzhu at September 26, 2012 11:47 PM