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Emily Lauren Baum
University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA 92617-3066)

A History of Madness in Republican China, 1911-1937

Summer research and writing on East Asian History, and History and Philosophy of Science.

My research examines the ways in which everyday men and women came to terms with new psychiatric epistemologies and institutions that were introduced to China in the Republican period (1911-1949). While previous works on Chinese medical history have focused exclusively on the attitudes of intellectuals and reformist political elites, my research shifts the focus onto the types of people who were not immediately concerned with the project to modernize Chinese medicine and Westernize Chinese society. Instead, I explore the more subtle ways in which Chinese healers, patients, and families integrated aspects of neuropsychiatry into their preexistent medical repertoires, appropriated new terms to describe their psychosomatic suffering, and invoked psychiatric concepts to explain the changing shape of twentieth-century Chinese society.

Project fields:
East Asian History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015