Dr Leslie de Vries
Lecturer in East Asian Studies
- 01227 (82)3756
Office: Cornwallis West CG38a
Office Hours: Friday 14.00-15.00
I am a historian of medicine and religion, focusing on cosmology, the body, self-cultivation and therapy in East Asia.
After graduating with an MA in Oriental Languages and Cultures (majoring in Japanese Studies) at Ghent University, and triggered by experiences with Daoist inspired martial arts, health practices and internal alchemy at China Arts College (Antwerp), I continued my studies at Zhejiang University in China. Back in Belgium, I taught Chinese and Japanese language and culture at Ghent University, where I also earned my doctoral degree with a dissertation on the Ming dynasty doctor Zhao Xianke. From 2013 to 2015, I was a Research Fellow in the project 'Beyond Tradition: Ways of Knowing and Styles of Practice in East Asian Medicines, 1000 to the Present' (funded by the Wellcome Trust, PI Prof Volker Scheid) at the University of Westminster. In that period, I started to shift my research focus towards Vietnam. Today, I am one of the very few scholars who researches pre-modern Vietnamese medicine.
Being an active member of a growing community of scholars of Asian medicines, I co-organised the international workshop “Comparative Perspectives on Body Materiality and Structure in the History of Sinitic and East Asian Medicines” at the University of Michigan (2015). I also act as Book Review Editor (China) for Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine.back to top
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I teach modules on East Asian religions, philosophy, culture and medical humanities.back to top