6th International Conference on
The History of Medicine in Southeast Asia
(HOMSEA 2016)
To be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia
13-15 January 2016
Conference Host:
Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Siem Reap (Cambodia)

With support from:
Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia)
The Canada Research Chair in Health Care Pluralism, Université de Montréal (Canada)
University of Sydney (Australia)
Tembusu College at National University of Singapore (Singapore)


Program Committee:
Dr. Krisna Uk, Center for Khmer Studies, Cambodia
Prof. Laurence Monnais, Université de Montréal, Canada
Assoc. Prof. Hans Pols, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Mitch Aso, University at Albany, SUNY, United States
and members of the Local Organizing Committee

HOMSEA will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Siem Reap where everything began ten years ago!, all proposals on the subject of the history of medicine and health in Southeast Asia will be considered, but preference will be given to those on the theme of: “History of Medicine in Southeast Asia: Future Perspectives”
Please submit a one-page proposed abstract for a 20-minute talk, and a one-page CV by July 15 2015 to: Laurence Monnais:

Please note that it may be possible to subsidize some of the costs of participation for scholars from the Southeast Asia region, and for graduate and postgraduate students.
If you wish to ask for support, please send a separate email justifying your request by July 15 to Laurence Monnais.

Propositions will be reviewed by September 2015.

Please note that registration fees will have to be paid on site, in US dollars, at the beginning of the conference.
* 100 US$ for students, post-docs, and scholars coming from the SEA region and less wealthy countries
* 150 US$ for all the other participants

Whether you are a speaker or not, please confirm attendance to the conference by December 1st at the latest by sending an email to Mrs Tith Sreypich :

January 13-15 2016

Tuesday January 12

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Registration

Wednesday January 13

8.00 am – 9.00 am: Registration
9.00 am – 9.30 am: Opening Remarks
9.30 am -10.45 am: Panel 1. Education and International Health

Moderator: Liesbeth Hesselink, independent scholar (The Netherlands)
– Pia Guballa, Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines)
“Classrooms of Control: Health Education and Intervention in the Primary Public School System in the American Philippines”
– Hines Mabika, University of Bern (Switzerland)
“Reverence and Emulation in Medicine: Thanh Mo America of Vietnam and Dr Schweitzer of Lambarene”
– John Manton, London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) (UK)
“Global Perspectives on the History of Health Systems in Southeast Asia”

10.45 am -11.15 am: Break
11.15 am – 12.30 pm: Panel 2. Narratives of Medical Knowledge and Disease

Moderator: John Harley Warner, Yale University (USA)
– Leslie DeVries, University of Westminster (UK)
“Lê Hữu Trác’s Style of Sino-Vietnamese Medicine: A New Reading of the Account of a Travel to the Capital (1783)”
– Napak Serirak, Prince of Songkla University (Thailand)
“Medical Doctors and Production of Sexual Knowledge in Thai Sexology Magazine Phetsuksa Lae Pratchaya (1972-1976)”
– Aaron Mallari, University of the Philippines Diliman (The Philippines)
“Narratives of a Contagion: Reports on SARS Epidemic in Selected Philippine Newspapers”

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch break
2.00 pm – 3.15 pm: Panel 3. Cities of Disease, Cities of Health

Moderator: Robert Peckham, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
– David Kenley, Elizabethtown College (USA)
“Healing the Community: Medicinal Advertisements in Singapore’s Chinese Newspapers, 1906-1945”
– Michael Vann, California State University, Sacramento (USA)
“Rats, Plague, and Empire: Putting Colonial Hanoi in the World Historical Context of the Third Bubonic Plague Pandemic”
– Moordiati, Airlangga University (Indonesia)
“Diseases, Cities and Power: Leprosy in the Public Health System in Surabaya 1930-1980”

3.15 pm -3.45 pm: Break
3.45 pm -5.00 pm: Panel 4. Wars and Health

Moderator: Francis A. Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines)
– Por Heong Hong, Independent researcher (Malaysia)
“Health Services in Malaya’s Counter-insurgency, 1948-1960: Rule of Benevolence or Rule by Benevolence?”
– Vivek Neelakantan, Independent researcher (India)
“No Nation can Go Forward if Crippled by Disease: Indonesia, Philippines and International Health during the Early Decades of the Cold War, 1946-1965”
– Ooi Keat Gin, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
“Public Health and War in Twentieth Century Southeast Asia”


Thursday January 14

9.00 am -10.15 am: Panel 5. New Histories of Disease: Malaria, Dengue, and Plague

Moderator: Rushdy Hosein, Fakultas Kedoktoran Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia)
– Nguyen Tran Lam, Oxfam (Vietnam) & Annick Guénel, independent scholar (France)
“Legacy of the Past, Migration and Malaria: The Case of Vietnam Borderlands with Cambodia”
– Maurits Bastiaan Meerwijk, The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
“Dengue Fever in Southeast Asia”
– Martina Safitry, Gajah Mada University (Indonesia)
“Leptospirosis, Pestilence plague, and the Rats gropyokan: Gunungkidul’s Health Issue and collectif memory”

10.15 am -10.45 am: Break
10.45 am -12.30 pm: Panel 6. The Global History Project on Leprosy: The Case of the Philippines
Official delegation of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation

Moderator: Laurence Monnais, Université de Montréal (Canada)
– Lorelei De Viana, Far Eastern University (The Philippines)
“Early Encounters between the Spanish Empire and Leprosy in the Philippines”
– Ma. Florina Orillos-Juan, De La Salle University (The Philippines)
“Landscapes of Isolation and Segregation: Selected Leprosaria in Luzon and the Visayas”
– Ma. Mercedes G. Planta, University of the Philippines Diliman (The Philippines)
“Leprosy and International Public Health in the Philippines, 1900-1930s”
– Carmen C. Jimenez, University of the Philippines Diliman (The Philippines)
“Identity and Stigma: The Life Stories of Afflicted Men in Culion Philippines”

12.30 pm -2.00 pm: Lunch break
2.00 pm -3.15 pm:  Panel 7. Reinventing Medicines I: Healing, Faith, and Energy

Moderator: C. Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University (USA)
– Hyun Sook Kim, Wheaton College (USA)
“Folk Medicine: The Culture of Herbal Healing and Botanical Knowledge in Cambodia”
– Liesbeth Hesselink, Independent scholar (The Netherlands)
“Hygiene Work Based on Islam in the Dutch East Indies around 1930”
– Jennifer Nourse, University of Richmond (USA)
“Energy Medicine in Indonesia: Colonial and Contemporary Influences”

3.15 pm -3.45 pm: Break
3.45-5.00 pm: Panel 8. Reinventing Medicines II: Herbs and Tonics

Moderator: Rethy K. Chhem Cambodia Development Resources Institute (CDRI) (Cambodia)
– Husnia Th Akib, University of Indonesia (Indonesia)
“History of Indonesian Herbal Medicine and Promising Potential of the Future”
– Tri Astuti, independent researcher (Indonesia)
“Indigenous Medicine Natural Tonics in Indonesia: History of Orang Rimba Medication”
– Céline Coderey, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
“Flower Extract and Golden Ash for HIV patients in Myanmar: Anthropological Study of HIV Treating Healers at the Margins of the Formal Health System”

Friday January 15
9.00 am -10.15 am: Panel 9. (Clinical) Trials, Experiments, and Evidence

Moderator: Kathryn Sweet, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
– Jonathan Saha, University of Leeds (UK)
“Elephants and Anthrax: Burma’s Forests, Imperial Networks and the Global History of a Vaccine”
– Francis Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines)
“Sex, Family, and Marriage in the Hansenite Community: Culion Social History in the American Occupied Philippines”
– William Summers, Yale University (USA)
“The First Large-scale Trial of the Oral Polio Prevention Vaccine: Singapore, 1958”

10.15 am – 10.45 am: Break
10.45 am -12.00 pm: Panel 10. Mental Health, Remembering, and Trauma

Moderator: Hans Pols, University of Sydney (Australia)
– Trude Jacobsen, Northern Illinois University (USA)
“Diet, Diversion, and Diligent Occupation: Comparing Treatments for Mental Illnesses in Burma and Cambodia, 1880-1940”
– Leslie J. Reagan, University of Illinois (USA)
“Agent Orange, as Remembered in Vietnam’s Museums and International Film”
– Colleen McGinn, independent consultant (Cambodia)
“Historical Trauma, Re-Traumatization, and Land Conflicts in Phnom Penh”

12.00 pm -1.30 pm: Lunch break
1.30 pm – 2.45 pm: Panel 11. Imperial Circuits of Knowledge

Moderator: Krisna Uk, Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) (Cambodia)
– C.-Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University (USA)
“The Tran Dynasty, Tue Tinh and Buddhist Health Care in 14th Century Vietnam”
– Kathryn Sweet, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
“Nurse Khamphanh and his Dead Horse: Early 20th Century French Colonial Medicine in Xieng Khouang, Laos”
– Noemi Tousignant & Laurence Monnais, Université de Montréal (Canada)
“Chaulmoogra Circuits: (De)centralizing Paris in the Making of Leprosy Therapies from/for Indochina and French West Africa”

2.45 pm -3.15 pm: Futures I. The Future of the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia

Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney (Australia)
“Post Colonial Pathologies: The Past, Present and Future of Philippines Medical History”

3.15 pm – 3.45 pm: Break

3.45 pm -5.30 pm: Futures II. The Future of the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia and of HOMSEA

Roundtable with Warwick Anderson, Rethy Chhem, Laurence Monnais, Robert Peckham, Ma. Mercedes G. Planta, Hans Pols, John H. Warner, and others


Saturday January 16