The Society serves, represents, and speaks for scholars of the history of East Asian science, technology, and medicine worldwide. It was founded on 4 August 1990, on the occasion of the Sixth International Conference on the History of Science in China, held in Cambridge, UK. It also constitutes the East Asia Commission of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology – Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST-DHST).
The Society’s activities consist of:
- organizing a plenary conference every few years; the next conference (15th ICHSEA) will take place August 19-23 (Monday through Friday) in Jeonju, Republic of Korea, at Chonbuk National University;
- seeking support for conferences and other activities from international organisations;
- finding means to aid scholars to enter the field;
- sponsoring publication of refereed research reports and monographs;
- publishing a journal, East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (currently edited by Catherine Jami, EHESS, Paris, France).
President: Marta HANSON
Vice-President: Alexei VOLKOV
Secretary: Jiří HUDEČEK
Treasurer: Florence BRETELLE-ESTABLET
Current Board Members
The society is governed by a Board, whose membership is currently as follows:
Department of the History of Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Department of East Asia, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Researcher, SPHERE team (UMR 7219, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot),
Professor, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Chair of the LOC for 15 ICHSEA (Jeonju, Republic of Korea 2019):
SHIN Dong Won
Professor, Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea
Note: The term for this board will end in July 2019 after the new board is elected.
Former Board Members
Former officers are listed in the following order:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Journal Editor, ICHSEA liaison officer
Nathan Sivin, Ke Jun, Christopher Cullen, Georges Métailié, Benjamin A. Elman, Hashimoto Keizo
Nakayama Shigeru, Chen Meidong, Peter Golas, Catherine Jami, Benjamin A. Elman, Kim Yung Sik
Catherine Jami, Sun Xiaochun, Tsukahara Togo, Catherine Despeux, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Alan Chan, Kam Leung
Kim Yung Sik, Han Qi, Bridie Andrews, Annick Guénel, Hans Ulrich Vogel, JiangXiaoyuan
Liu Dun, Bridie Andrews, Michele Thompson, Annick Guénel, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Paul Unschuld
Christopher Cullen, Zhang Baichun, Fan Fa-ti, Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Marta Hanson
Paul Unschuld, MeiJianjun, Lim Jongtae, Christopher Cullen, Hans Ulrich Vogel, Shi Yunli
Mei Jianjun, Shi Yunli, Jiang-Ping Jeff Chen, Caroline Bodolec, Hans Ulrich Vogel (up to March 2017), Catherine Jami