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Natalie Köhle

Dr Natalie Köhle

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (East Asian Studies), Harvard, 2015
MA (East Asian Studies), Harvard, 2006
BA (Social Anthropology and Chinese Studies), School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 2002

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Natalie Köhle is a historian of Chinese medicine, culture, and the body. Her research focuses on the history of humours and fluids in China. She is interested in the intersection of the history of humours, particularly phlegm, with the history of fire and the passions in Chinese medicine, and in the connections of the conceptual development of phlegm in Chinese medicine with the Āyurvedic and Greco-Islamic medical traditions. She is currently working on a book project on the history of matter in Chinese medicine, as well as on a study of changing conceptions of pores in Song medicine. Natalie is also interested in Qing Sino-Tibetan Buddhist relations, and Manchu studies. Natalie holds a PhD and MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard, and a BA in Social Anthropology and Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Tibetan
  • Sanskrit
  • Manchu
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin

Research Interests

  • History of Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Cultural History
  • History of Indian Medicine
  • History of Science
  • Qing History
  • Inner Asian History
  • Tibetan Studies
  • Manchu Studies
  • Buddhist Studies
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Current Projects

  • History of Matter in China (book project)
  • Changes in the conceptions of pores in Song China
  • Ethnography on perceptions of phlegm in contemporary China
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Selected Publications

'A Confluence of Humours: Āyurvedic Conceptions of Digestion, and the History of Chinese Phlegm (tan 痰)', Journal of the American Oriental Society, 136.3 (2016), pp. 465-93.

'Why did the Kangxi Emperor Go to Wutai shan? Patronage, Pilgrimage, and the Place of Tibetan Buddhism at the Court of the Early Qing', Late Imperial China, Vol. 29, No. 1 (2008): 73–119.

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