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Humanities Research for Health in Asia Network

Our focus is on medicine, health and wellbeing. The Humanities Research for Health in Asia (HRHA) network is a means of connecting humanities researchers who are focussing on health across locations in the Asian region.

We welcome affiliations with researchers who are engaged in humanities or social science-based projects. The research approach of scholars engaged in this network includes a focus on different kinds of ‘traditional’ medicine, whether it is Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian or Japanese. We are interested in researchers that are connecting with holistic research approaches, based on underlying philosophies that have long been established within Asia, but projects that are engaging with contemporary issues of health, wellbeing and environmental consequences in this age of the Anthropocene.

We have three key aims within this network:

  • To initiate scholarship on health and wellbeing that breaks down species boundaries and across the borders of different countries, from Siberia in the North of Asia to India in the South.
  • To instigate interdisciplinary collaborations from the social sciences in collaboration with the medical sciences to investigate cross-cultural perspectives relating to the concept of One Health as a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
  • To focus on how knowledge surrounding health is transmitted within different local settings (within herding communities, local clinics, monasteries, or hospitals). The international HRHA network is jointly coordinated by academics at The Australian National University within the College of Arts and Social Sciences; the Inner Mongolian University for the Nationalities, in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia.

The network will host a bi-annual conference or symposium, hosting eminent invited speakers focussing on health in Asia. This year the ANU is hosting an inaugural symposium ‘Health in Asia: perspectives from the Mongolian Plateau’ on the 26th of November 2019. There will be a formal launch of this network the following evening on the 27th of November 2019. Researchers from Inner Mongolia and Mongolia will be travelling to attend the events in Australia.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team