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Healing the People: Popularizing and Printing Medicine in Edo Japan

Friday 20 May 2022 - Saturday 21 May 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Day 1: Friday May 20

9:00-9:05 Welcome

Angelika Koch (Leiden University)

9:05-10:30 KEYNOTE 

Susan Burns (University of Chicago)
Advertisements for Patent Medications in Early Modern Japan

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 KEYNOTE

Shigehisa Kuriyama (Harvard University)
The Primacy of Popular Imagination in the Historical Experience of Sickness

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:30 Panel 1: Printing Medicine in Early Modern Japan

Chair: Ivo Smits (Leiden University)

Peter Kornicki (University of Cambridge, Emeritus) (R)
Baiju’s Medical Printing and the Abandonment of Movable Type in Early 17th-century Japan

Daniel Trambaiolo (University of Hong Kong) (R)
The Old Cures and the New: Life Cycles of Medical Knowledge in Print

Angelika Koch (Leiden University)
Disease Attacks! Or Medical Advertising as Narrative: A Case Study of Ehon medetagusa

15:45-17:00 Visit to the Special Collections of Leiden University Libraries


Day 2: Saturday May 21

09:00-11:00 Panel 2: Medicine and Literature in Early Modern Japan

Chair: Doreen Müller

Lawrence Marceau (Ritsumeikan University, Arts Research Centre) (R)
Bodies in the Japanese Aesop: What is Normal and What is Abnormal?

Alessandro Bianchi (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
Erudite Parodies and Intellectual Divertissements: Medicine and Literature in Early Modern Japan

Mayumi Tsuda (Keio University) (R)
Smallpox Illustrated Books and Their Publication: What We Can Learn From Jippensha Ikku’s Karukuchibanashi

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:30 Panel 4a: Lay Perspectives on Medicine and Healing

Chair: Anna Andreeva (Ghent University)

Koizumi Yurina (Pola Foundation)
フランス人宣教師ド・ロ神父の活動と庶民の医学・福祉観――長崎県外海地方にとっての近世と近代 (in Japanese)

Kawasaki Mizuho (Bunri University of Hospitality) 
Image of Medicine in the Sato-Kagura of the Kanto Region: Motifs of Medical or Magical Practitioners and their Musical Representations

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15.00 Panel 3: Health Cultivation Texts in Early Modern Japan

Chair: Andreas Niehaus (Ghent University)

Michael Kinski (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Takai Ranzan’s Health Manual ‘Injikai’ (Precepts on Sex)

Joshua Schlachet (University of Arizona)
Better Pay the Cookbook than the Doctor: Decentering Medical Expertise in Early Modern Japanese Dietary Guides

15:00-16:30 Panel 4b: Lay Perspectives on Medicine and Healing

Chair: Angelika Koch (Leiden University)

Maren Ehlers (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
Popularizing Smallpox Vaccinations in Echizen Province and Beyond

Fabian Drixler (Yale University)
Abortion as a Punchline and the Pharmaceutical Knowledge behind the Joke

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-17:30 Roundtable discussion 

*Talks marked (R ) will be given remotely

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