Michael Stanley-Baker

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department III
February 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017

Michael Stanley-Baker specializes in the history of Chinese medicine and religion, particularly Daoism.  He received his PhD from University College London, and has worked and studied at Indiana University, Bloomington; Academia Sinica, Taipei; and the Needham Institute, Cambridge.  He has done fieldwork with healers in Taiwan and China, and also has a clinical degree in Chinese medicine from Ruseto College, Boulder CO. He currently serves as treasurer on the council of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicines, and as an associate of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanities.

Selected publications: 

Stanley-Baker, M. (2014). Drugs, destiny and disease in medieval China: situating knowledge in context. Daoism: Religion, History and Society, 6, 113-156.

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Stanley-Baker, M. (2014). Review of: Bumbacher, Stephan P.: Empowered writing: exorcistic and apotropaic rituals in medieval China. St. Petersburg, FL: Three Pines Press 2012. Journal of Chinese Religions, 42(1), 103-106.

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Stanley-Baker, M. (2014). Review of: Smith, Thomas E.: Declarations of the perfected. Part one: Setting scripts and images into motion. St. Petersburg, FL: Three Pines Press 2013. Daoism, 6, 376-382.

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Stanley-Baker, M. (2014). Review of: Unschuld, Paul U. and Zheng Jinsheng: Chinese traditional healing: the Berlin collections of manuscript volumes from the 16th through the early 20th century. Leiden: Brill 2012. Asian Medicine, 7(2), 494-495.

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Stanley-Baker, M. (2013). Daoists and Doctors: The Role of Medicine in Six Dynasties Shangqing Daoism. PhD Thesis, University College London.

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7th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities 2016
Tracking Material Practice: Searching for Situated Knowledge of Asian Drugs in Medieval Chinese Religious Texts 跟踪物質實踐: 搜索情境化的亞洲醫藥知識與中國中古宗教文獻為例
Wellcome Library History of Premodern Medicine Seminar
New Digital and Critical Tools for the History of Medicine and Religion
American Association of Asian Studies, Toronto
Transforming the Archive: Digital and Critical Tools to for Situating Medicine in the Daoist and Buddhist Canons
Stanford DHAsia Residency
Transforming the Archives of Chinese Medicine and Religion