Saturday 18 May 2019, University of Kent

Templeman Library Lecture Theatre

In this event, open to students, staff members and the general public, we explore ideas on health, well-being and the body in a variety of Asian cultures.

Combining diverse methodological approaches from the humanities and social sciences, our speakers cover a wide range of fascinating topics, including: meditation, traditional medicine, self-cultivation and modern perceptions of ‘good food’.

Our aim is not only to showcase teaching and research on Asia at the universities of Kent and Ghent, but also to stimulate debate across academic disciplines and to enhance comparative reflection by taking Asia seriously. We ask how research on Asia can contribute to the medical humanities and social sciences. We also feed into the growing awareness to decolonise the curriculum.

The Kent-Ghent Asian Studies day is the first in a series of research and teaching events focused on Asia organised in the framework of the strategic partnership between the University of Kent and Ghent University.

All talks are open to all and free to attend.

(Funded by the Kent-Ghent Grant for joint projects)

For more information, contact Leslie de Vries, Lecturer in East Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, at