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Adjudicating Madness: Police Records of the Insane in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing
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Adjudicating Madness: Police Records of the Insane in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing


Speaker: Dr. Emily Baum
(University of California, Irvine)

This talk will examine police files from the Beijing Municipal Asylum, a public institution erected in 1908. The facility, which was managed, funded, and overseen by the municipal police force, produced copious records pertaining to the arrest and institutionalization of the local insane. On the basis of these police files, I will discuss the methods by which municipal authorities understood and adjudicated what it meant to be "mad." At the same time, I will also discuss methodological questions pertaining to the interpretation and analysis of these historical documents.

Dr. Emily Baum is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include Modern China, the history of medicine and psychiatry in China and comparative medical history. A forthcoming book project The Invention of Madness (under contract at University of Chicago Press, scheduled 2018), examines the history of insanity in early twentieth-century Beijing.

The Science, Technology and Medicine Seminar group, organised by the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, is an informal interdisciplinary forum to discuss papers, chapter, books, as well as topical issues and personal research. If you would like further information about STMS meetings please contact Dr. Ria Sinha at riasinha@hku.hk.

Co-organised with the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, HKU.

Date/Time14/09/2017 14:30-16:00
VenueRoom 4.09 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
LanguageEnglish

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