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The Silk Roads as a Model for Exploring Eurasian Transmissions of Medical Knowledge

Datum
04. Novem­ber Novem­ber 2021 

Vir­tu­al talk that will take place in just over two weeks with Ronit Yoeli-Tlal­im, who will be talk­ing about med­ical knowl­edge and the Silk Road.


A vir­tu­al talk that will take place in just over two weeks with Ronit Yoeli-Tlal­im, who will be talk­ing about med­ical knowl­edge and the Silk Road. We also have an upcom­ing works-in-progress on Nov 15 at 4:10pm with Mike Chin, who will be pre­sent­ing mate­ri­als from a new book, so mark your cal­en­dars for both! Details below.
„The Silk Roads as a Mod­el for Explor­ing Eurasian Trans­mis­sions of Med­ical Knowledge”
Ronit Yoeli-Tlal­im (Gold­smiths, Uni­ver­si­ty of London)
Thurs­day, Nov. 4 @ 12pm Pacific 
While the “Silk Road” as a con­cept was ini­tial­ly focused on its main ter­mi­ni points—China and Europe— thanks to the great archae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies along the Silk Roads of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry, we now know that its greater his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance lies in fact in the great expanse in between. The man­u­scripts which were dis­cov­ered in the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry in the so-called “Library Cave” of Dun­huang have only recent­ly begun to be explored in Euro­pean schol­ar­ship in the con­text of his­to­ry of sci­ence and his­to­ry of med­i­cine. Observed in their over­all con­text, the Dun­huang man­u­scripts are a bit like a time cap­sule, pro­vid­ing traces of what med­i­cine was like ‘on the ground’, away from the main cul­tur­al cen­ters at this par­tic­u­lar geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion. Being in man­u­script form they pre­serve the ben­e­fits of unedit­ed texts, reveal­ing more diverse forms of heal­ing, telling dif­fer­ent sto­ries than med­ical canons pre­served in print. This paper begins with the Tibetan med­ical man­u­scripts from Dun­huang, dat­ed to the from the 9th through 11th cen­turies CE, and pro­ceeds to dis­cuss them in the more gen­er­al con­text of the mul­ti-cul­tur­al inter­ac­tions and exchanges of knowl­edge along the Silk Roads.
 
Reg­is­ter to receive the Zoom link here. Closed cap­tions will be provided. 
Mate­ri­als will be pre-cir­cu­lat­ed about a week before the work­shop itself.
Any ques­tions or queries can be addressed to cwebster@ucdavis.edu