Bian He


Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018-Jun 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

He Bian studied History of Science at Harvard University and graduated with a PhD in 2014. She has taught at Princeton University as assistant professor in History and East Asian Studies since then. Her main research interest lies in exploring the transformation of a universal natural philosophy and cosmology in medieval Chinese thought toward the segmented, specialized and empirically oriented culture of knowledge after the seventeenth century. She is currently working on her first book, revised from her dissertation, titled Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Early Modern Culture in China, 1500–1800, under contract with Princeton University Press. At the MPIWG she is a visiting scholar in Department III, and will work closely with Dagmar Schäfer and Shih-pei Chen to build datasets of natural products (primarily materia medica) using the Local Gazetteer Project platform. She also plans to undertake primary research for a second book project on Qing dynasty recipe collections, and articles on the popularization of science in Qing China prior to the arrival of protestant missionaries. She enjoys learning to garden at home.


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Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Material Culture in Early Modern China, 1500-1800


Past Events


Thematic Cluster: Diseases and Health


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Center for East Asian Studies: Eating Exotica: Novel Remedies and Plebeian Desire in Eighteenth-Century China

Stanford University

History and Sociology of Science Colloquium: Popular Science before Missionary Science: the case of Wu Qijun (1789-1847)'s (Re)invention of Botany

University of Pennsylvania

Anxieties of Abundance: Sources and Methods for Qing Studies in the Digital Age: Fact-Making at the Margins: Yang Fuji and Minor Authors in the Zhaodai congshu

John Hopkins University

Body and Cosmos in China: A Special Symposium Honoring Professor Emeritus Nathan Sivin: Natural Particulars. Pharmacology and Cosmology during the Ming-Qing Transition

University of Pennsylvania

9th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicines (ICTAM IX): Reconfiguring Traditional Medicine Trade in Late Nineteenth-Century China

Kiel University