Judith B. Farquhar


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Office: Haskell M134
Phone: (773) 702-7735
Email: farquhar@uchicago.edu
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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

(PhD, U Chicago 1986) Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology Emerita and of Social Sciences in the College, Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, does research on traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China. Anthropological areas of interest include medical anthropology; the anthropology of knowledge and of embodiment; critical theory and cultural studies; and theories of reading, writing, and translation.

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
n.d. Sketching the Dao: Chinese Medicine in Modern Cartoons. In V. Lo, ed., Globalising Chinese Medicine: An Illustrated History. E.J. Brill.
2015 Metaphysics at the Bedside. In H. Chiang, ed., Historical Epistemology and the Making of Chinese Medicine. Manchester University Press, pp. 219-236.
2015 Nationality Medicines in China: Institutional Rationality and Healing Charisma (with Lili Lai). Comparative Studies in Society and History. 57(2): 381-406.
2014 Information and Its Practical Other: Crafting Zhuang Nationality Medicine (with Lili Lai). East Asian Science and Technology Studies (EASTS). 8: 417-437.
2013 Chinese Medicine as Popular Knowledge in Urban China. In L. Barnes & T.J Hinrichs, eds., Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History. Harvard University Press: 272-274.
2013 Reading Hands: Pulse Qualities and the Specificity of the Clinical. East Asian Science and Technology Studies (EASTS). 8(1): 1-16.
2012 Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing.(w/ Zhang Qicheng) Zone Press
2012 Knowledge in Translation: Global Science, Local Things. In Lesley Green and Susan Levine, eds., Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council Press: 153-170.
2012 Pulse-Touching: Qualities and the Best Practitioner. In Hugh MacPherson and Volker Scheid, eds., Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare: Authenticity, Best Practice and the Evidence Mosaic. Elsevier. Pp. 39-53. (To appear 2013 in EASTS: East Asian Science and Technology Studies journal, revised: Reading Hands: Pulse Qualities and the Specificity of the Clinical.)
2011 Knowing the Why but Not the How’: A Dilemma in Contemporary Chinese Medicine. Asian Medicine 5: 57-79 (co-authored with Jun Wang).
2010 The Park Pass: Peopling and Civilizing a New Old Beijing. Public Culture 21(3): 551-576.
2010 How to Live: Reading China’s Popular Health Media. In K.K. Liew, ed., Liberalizing, Feminizing, and Popularizing Health Communications in Asia. Ashgate Publishers.
2007 Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life.(ed. w/ M. Lock) Durham: Duke University Press.
2006 Food, Eating and the Good Life. In C. Tilley, et al., eds., The Sage Handbook of Material Culture. London: Sage, 145-160.
2005 Biopolitical Beijing: Pleasure, Sovereignty, and Self-Cultivation in China ‘s Capital. Cultural Anthropology. 20(3):303-327.
2002 Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China. Durham: Duke University Press.
2001 For Your Reading Pleasure: Popular Health Advice and the Anthropology of Everyday Life in 1990s Beijing. Positions. 9(1): 105-130.
1999 Technologies of Everyday Life: The Economy of Impotence in Reform China. Cultural Anthropology. 14(2): 155-179.
1998 (Un)fixing Representation In a special issue of Cultural Studies volume 12, no. 1 (winter) (Co-edited with Tomoko Masuzawa and Carol Mavor)
1998 Empires of Hygiene In a special Issue of Positions volume 6, no. 3 (winter). (Co-edited with Marta Hanson). This issue was recognized by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (Modern Language Association) with a second place award for Best Special Issue.
1996 Market Magic: Getting Rich and Getting Personal in Medicine after Mao. American Ethnologist 23(2): 239-257.
1996 ‘Medicine and the Changes Are One’: An Essay on Divination Healing with Commentary. Chinese Science. No. 13: 107-134.
1995 Rewriting Chinese Medicine in Post-Mao China. In D. Bates, ed., Knowledge and the Scholarly Medical Traditions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 251-276.
1994 Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter in Chinese Medicine. Boulder: Westview Press.
1994 Eating Chinese Medicine. Cultural Anthropology. 9(4): 471-497
1994 Multiplicity, Point of View, and Responsibility in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In A. Zito & T. Barlow, eds., Body, Subjectivity and Power in China. University of Chicago Press, 78-99.
1993 The Concept of Culture in Post-War American Historiography of China. Positions 1:2, 486-525
1992 Time and Text: Approaching contemporary Chinese medicine through analysis of a case. In Charles Leslie & Allan Young, eds., Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press.
1992 China After Mao In a special issue of Dialectical Anthropology (co-edited with Donald Nonini)
1991 Objects, Processes, and Female Infertility in Chinese Medicine. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (NS) 5(4): 370-399.
1987 Problems of Knowledge in Contemporary Chinese Medical Discourse. Social Science and Medicine. 24 (No.12), pp. 1013 1021.
1987 Night of the Living Dead: An American Horror Myth, Semiotica 38, 1/2, pp. 1 15.
1981 Kuru: Correspondence and Field Notes from the Collection of D. Carleton Gajdusek. Edited with D. C. Gajdusek. New York: Raven Press