Subtle Body - Geoffrey Samuel and Vivienne Lo - Centre of the Body's Events Summer 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST)
Part of the Centre of the Body's 'Events Summer 2014' supported by the Wellcome Trust
Based on their respective work and experience in the Indo-Tibetan and Chinese contexts, they will deal with questions like: What is meant by the 'subtle body'? How is it understood in the Indo-Tibetan and Chinese traditions? Why were practices engaging the subtle body important in India, Tibet and East Asia in the past and why are they still practiced today? How can we understand the subtle bodies of the past within contemporary science?
Geoffrey Samuel is an Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, where he directs the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR) Research Group, and is also an Hon. Associate at the University of Sydney, Australia. His academic career has been in social anthropology and religious studies. His writings include the books Mind, Body and Culture (1990), Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies (1993), Tantric Revisionings (2005), The Origins of Yoga and Tantra (2008) and Introducing Tibetan Buddhism (2012), as well as many book chapters and journal articles. His most recent edited book (with Jay Johnston) is Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West (2013). His current research interests include Tibetan yogic health practices, Tibetan medicine, and the dialogue between Buddhism and science.
Vivienne Lo is the Director of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at UCL. She conducts research and is a practitioner of acupuncture and therapeutic exercise. She translates and analyses manuscript material from Early and Medieval China and the transmission of scientific knowledge along the so-called Silk Roads through to the modern Chinese medical diaspora
When & Where
The Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London
The Centre of the Body is focused on interdisciplinary research on the body and is planning to launch a unique interdisciplinary MA on The Body in 2015. The Centre is co-directed by Professor Anna Furse (Department of Theatre and Performance) and Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Department of History). The Advisory Board comprises Professor Sophie Day (Department of Anthropology), Professor Lisa Blackman (Department of Media and Communications) and Dr Monica Greco (Department of Sociology).