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Dr Sare Aricanli

Assistant Professor (Early Modern and Modern Chinese History) in the Department of History

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Sare Aricanli is a historian of late imperial/early modern China, with particular interest in history of science and medicine.

Sare’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of medicine in China. Her book project, Diversifying the Centre: Reform and Exchange in Eighteenth Century Chinese Imperial Medicine examines institutional reorganisation and exchanges of medical knowledge between a plurality of actors in eighteenth century imperial medicine. She is also interested in questions of ritual, textual transmission, state-society relations, and the human-animal ‘divide’. Her article “Reconsidering the Boundaries: Multicultural and Multilingual Perspectives on the Care and Management of the Emperors’ Horses in the Qing” considers ‘Mongolian’ methods of equine care and management that were incorporated into Qing state practice. Sare has received fellowships including the Fulbright-Hays IIE for conducting doctoral research, and the China Scholarship Council for her master’s study at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Projects

Department of History

  • Thinking East Asia

Research Interests

  • History of medicine
  • History of science
  • Ritual
  • Text

Teaching Areas

  • History of China
  • History of science and medicine in China
  • Late imperial Chinese society and culture
  • Rituals in China
  • Women in China


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