6 March 2024 Start
6 March 2024 End
1:15 pm-2:30 pm ET  Time
USA Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room, S050 CGIS-South / virtual

Why does the history of medicine matter to the study of the Silk Roads?

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Prof. Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (University of London) will deliver the next lecture of the Inner Harvard University.


The study of the Silk Roads can provide us with excellent examples of interactions and exchanges which are not sufficiently known. Much of my own work to date has been on the Tibetan medical manuscripts from Dunhuang. In my recent book, I tried to put these in the greater context of knowledge interactions along the Silk Roads. This context raises some bigger questions about cross-cultural connections and transmissions.

Studying these connections and transmissions is not easy, and often raises various forms of objections. These connections, transmissions—as well as objections—can provide excellent starting points, to be further explored with other disciplines, such as, history of religions, history of art, history of science, technology, cartography, and the myriad ways that these need to be studied together, and collaboratively. In this talk I will raise a few thoughts on how we can try to observe, critique—and attempt to dismantle when needed—what I see as forms of Eurasian “cultural meridians”.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

1:15 pm-2:30 pm ET

In person: Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room, S050 CGIS-South

Virtual: Zoom registration

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