Judith B. Farquhar

Max Palevsky Professor Emerita of Anthropology and of Social Sciences;Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing

Judith Farquhar does research on traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China. Anthropological areas of interest include medical anthropology; the anthropology of knowledge and of embodiment; science and technology studies; critical theory and cultural studies; and theories and practices of reading, writing, and translation. She is the author of Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine (1994), Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China (2002), and Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing (2012). Several of these books have been published in Chinese. She co-edited Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life as well as several journal special issues. She is also a founding convener of the transdisciplinary Translating Vitalities collective. Two current books projects are in the works: Way of Life: Things, Thought, and Action in Chinese Medicine (in press) and Gathering Medicines: Nation, Knowledge, and Body in China’s Southern Mountains (forthcoming about 2021).

Cultures, Creeds, Arts, & Society
Health & Healthcare