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Critical Asian Studies: John DiMoia, Mar. 31, 2014

Renegotiating Bodies: “Minnesota Project” and Seoul National University Hospital, 1954-1968

C.C. Clawson Lecture in the History of Medicine by Dr. John DiMoia, History, National University of Singapore.


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Professor DiMoia considers the second of Korea’s “massive confrontations with Western biomedicine”, occurring during and after the Korean War as Americans and other international actors contributed large amounts of aid to the Korean field of medicine. DiMoia addresses this 15-year period and the dramatic changes taking place in Seoul National University Hospital with respect to one subspecialty, thoracic surgery, and more broadly to the culture of the hospital as a whole.

John DiMoia 2Dr. John DiMoia is an Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore, and is also affiliated with the STS research cluster at the university. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of science from Princeton University (2007), with a dissertation focusing on the origins of South Korea’s state science institutions. Before coming to the university in 2008, he taught previously in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Currently, he teaches modules on the history of medicine (18th-20th centuries), the history of technology, and the history of Modern Korea (19th century-present). He is working on two other projects, the first, a study of North Korean propaganda, the second concerning energy issues in and around the Korean peninsula since the late 19th century. His first book, “Reconstructing Bodies: Biomedicine, Health and Nation-Building in South Korea since 1945” was published by Stanford University Press in April 2013.

Organized by the IAS Critical Asian Studies and Critical Science Studies Collaboratives, and cosponsored by the Program in the History of Medicine. This talk occurred March 31, 2014, at 12:30pm in 555 Diehl Hall.

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