This month the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA will host a weekend conference focusing on the traditional knowledge of the therapeutic uses of plants. Co-organized by Alain Touwaide, this conference will bring together specialists from various disciplines involved in the study of medical traditions and will foster cross-disciplinary studies between medicine and the humanities.
The weekend conference will begin on Saturday, February 27 with a keynote lecture by Alain Touwaide titled, “Medical Traditions: Knowledge in the Making”. This will be followed by sessions about medicinal plants, herbals, culture and medicine. The conference concludes on Sunday, February 28.
A summary of planned presentations follows.
- Aspirin in Antiquity? Or Principles and Practices of Retrospective Pharmacognosy
- Medicine Box and Dining Table: Uses of Exotic Plants in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Medicinal Plants from Monastery Medicine for the 21st Century
- Tracing Drug Trajectories in the Early Modern Netherlands: Evidence from Newspaper Advertisements
- The De la Cruz-Badiano Manuscript of 1552: America’s First Herbal in the 21st Century
- More than Chemistry: Cultural Contexts for Healing and Well-being for First Peoples of Northwestern North America
- Ayurveda Pharmacology: An ancient paradigm, modern relevance
- The Chinese Botanico-Medical Tradition
- Imperialism, Modern Pharmacology and Traditional Medicine: Rudolf Kobert (1854-1918) and the Pharmakologisches Institut in Dorpat
- Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Ancient Treasure for the World Beyond Artemisinin
- Future application of Traditional Medical Knowledge intrinsically linked to Conservation of Culture and Biodiversity in Geographical Origins of Wild Medicinal Plants: The case of Nanwuweizi from the Giant Panda Habitat
This event if free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Seating is limited.