Imagining the Human Interior: Religious and Medical Perspectives on the Body in Present-Day China

My research project will focus around the following question: what relationships exist between religious models of the human body—primarily Buddhist and Daoist—and medical practices and beliefs? To explore this topic I will study primary and secondary materials, participate in meetings with my host university supervisor, Chen Ming with the assistance of Dr. Susan Andrews from my home institution, and conduct on-site research in a traditional Chinese medical clinic. I will also take part in UBC’s Buddhism Summer Studies program. This research project will result in the creation of an annotated bibliography, a research paper to be written in the fall of 2016, and a presentation at a student research symposium. These outcomes will aid in sharing my new knowledge with the larger Mount Allison and larger Sackville community.

Brynn Aucoin
Faculty Supervisor: 
Susan Andrews
Project Year: 
New Brunswick
Partner University: 
Peking University