A unique collection of 36 chapters on the history of Chinese medical illustrations, this volume will take the reader on a remarkable journey from the imaging of a classical medicine to instructional manuals for bone-setting, to advertising and comic books of the Yellow Emperor. In putting images, their power and their travels at the centre of the analysis, this volume reveals many new and exciting dimensions to the history of medicine and embodiment, and challenges eurocentric histories. At a broader philosophical level, it challenges historians of science to rethink the epistemologies and materialities of knowledge transmission. There are studies by senior scholars from Asia, Europe and the Americas as well as emerging scholars working at the cutting edge of their fields.
Thanks to generous support of the Wellcome Trust, this volume is available in Open Access.
The Chinese Iconography Thesaurus (CIT) is freely accessible and brings together sinology, art history and information studies to create the first alternative classification scheme, especially designed for the Chinese visual culture, with a complementary image archive. Traditionally iconography has been used to index and access images of European art. Because of the lack of alternative models, the contents of non-Western art objects have long been catalogued according to Eurocentric classifications. To fill this gap, a research group led by Hongxing Zhang, Senior Curator of Chinese collections at the V&A London, created the CIT.
The CIT website is built and hosted by Brill. The database can be consulted in both Chinese and English and is regularly updated; Currently, it contains 10,000 terms extracted primarily from pre-1900 sources and 2700 images of objects from the V&A, the MET, and the NPM Taipei.
Signs & Media is a peer-reviewed, academic journal focused on semiotics and media studies, two fields that complement each other. The journal includes full-length research articles, review articles, short communications, or such other materials which explore the linguistic, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, and other scientific dimensions of semiotics and media studies. With the radical changes of the forms of media and communications in the modern society, as well as the dazzling spectacles of signs, symbols, and texts being produced, read, and interpreted in this cyber age of globalisation,
Signs & Media seeks to promote the developments of semiotics in China by breaking its confinements to linguistics and embracing the traditional sign theories in China and East Asia as well as the international trends in contemporary semiotics.
The journal is relevant to researchers and practitioners of semiotics and media studies who are interested in the generation and mechanism of meaning, as well as the structure of communications through all forms of media. The journal constitutes a unique scholarly platform for scholars from a range of academic backgrounds, including but not limited to literature, linguistics, cultural studies, communicology, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, cognitive sciences and biology.