Lecture: "After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex" Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12 – 1:30pm
Lecture: "After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex"
Room:273
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free
Contact Email:slivory@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-3046
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions, Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:East Asian Studies Program

Howard Chiang
Assistant Professor, Department of History at UC Davis

In this talk, Howard Chiang introduces the major findings from his new monograph, After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China (2018).

For much of Chinese history, the eunuch stood out as an exceptional figure at the margins of gender categories. Amid the disintegration of the Qing Empire, men and women in China began to understand their differences in the language of modern science. In After Eunuchs, Chiang traces the genealogy of sexual knowledge from the demise of eunuchism to the emergence of transsexuality, showing the centrality of new epistemic structures to the formation of Chinese modernity. From anticastration discourses in the late Qing era to sex-reassignment surgeries in Taiwan in the 1950s and queer movements in the 1980s and 1990s, After Eunuchs explores the ways the introduction of Western biomedical sciences transformed normative meanings of gender, sexuality, and the body in China.

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