HOMSEA 4: Solo, Indonesia, 2012

4th International Conference on the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA 2012), in associaton with IAHA 2012 (the International Association of Historians of Asia)

2-5 July 2012, Solo, Indonesia

Meeting report

HOMSEA 4 group photo


Monday 2 July

1.30 – 2.00 pm Opening
Rethy Chhem, president HOMSEA and Kartono Mohamad, president PERSEKIN
2.00 – 3.30 pm


Disease and Political (In)stability

Promoters of Health, Preachers of Consciousness: The Philippine Islands Anti-Tuberculosis Society and its Crusade Against Spitting in the American Philippines, 1910-1946
Aaron Rom O. Moralina, Ateneo de Manila University

A Pox on the House of Nguyen: The Social and Political Effects of Smallpox on the Last Royal Dynasty of Vietnam
Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University

Komiks and Public Health Policies during the Japanese Occupation Period in the Philippines
Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Ateneo de Manila University

3.30 – 4.00 pm Break
4.00 – 5.00 pm Medical Professionalization and Nation-Building

Healers in the Medical Marketplace: Traditional Medical Practitioners, Medicosand Licensed Physicians in Nineteenth Century Philippines
Mercedes Planta

Reflections on Medicine’s Modernist Project in Indonesia
Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, Harvard University

5.00 – 6.00 pm HOMSEA Plenary Address

The Unending Dialogue of Past and the Present in Medicine 
Firman Lubis, University of Indonesia

7.00 – 9.30 pm Opening Ceremony

Tuesday 3 July

 8.00 – 10.15 am Plenary Session IAHA
10.15 –10.30 am Break
10.30 –12.30 am Medical Education in Indonesia

Indonesian Medical Education: The Role of the SEARO, International Aid, and the Implementation of Public Health during the 1950s
Vivek Neelakantan, University of Sydney

Midwifery Education in the Dutch East Indies, 1850-1915
Liesbeth Hesselink, Independent Scholar

The Oldest Medical School in Indonesia
S. Somadikarta, University of Indonesia

Commentator: John Harley Warner, Yale University

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 – 3.15 pm Traditional Medicines in Southeast Asia, I

Continuity and Change: The Evolution of Burmese Traditional Medicine
Céline Coderey, IRSEA, Marseille

Making Medicine, Materializing a Cure: The Therapeutic Efficacy of Shamanic Based Healing Among the Orang Sakai of Riau (Sumatra)
Nathan Porath, Pechabun Rajhabat University

Indigenous Medical Traditions in a Frontier Society
Sebastianus Nawiyanto, University of

Tabib as Curer and Converter: History of Islamic Medicine in Early Indonesia
Jennifer W. Nourse, University of Virginia

3.15 – 3.45 pm Break
3.45-4.45 pm Traditional Medicines in Southeast Asia, II

The Undeclared War: Combating Malaria and Dysentery and Reviving Indigenous Medicine in the Philippines during the Japanese Occupation Period 
Arnel E. Joven, University of Asia and the Pacific

Commentator: C. Michele Thompson, Southern Connecticut State University

4.45 – 5.45 pm HOMSEA Plenary Address

Exile and Healing: The Boven Digoel camp in the Dutch East Indies, 1927-1943 
Rudolf Mrázek, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

7.00 – 9.00 pm HOMSEA Dinner

Wednesday July 4

8.00 – 9.00 am Institutions for Health, from Public to Private Endeavours

Revisiting Bilbid and Iwahig: Prison Hospitals in the American Occupied Philippines
Francis Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University

Non-State Hospitals in Indonesia: The Evolutive Change since the Colonial Period
Laksono Trisnantoro and Baha’uddin, Universitas Gadjah Mada

9.00 – 10.00 am HOMSEA Plenary Address

‘Cholera’ Before and After 1817 in Indonesia 
Peter Boomgaard, KITLV

10.00 – 10.30 am Break
10.30 am – 12.30 pm Leprosy in Southeast Asia

United States Policy on Leper Segregation in the Philippines,1906-1935
Antonio C. Galang, Jr., University of the Philippines

Comparing Leprosy in Two Dutch Colonial Contexts
Frank Huisman, Utrecht University

Leprosy in the Dutch East Indies: The Medical Debate on Hereditarianism and Contagionism
Leo Van Bergen, KITLV

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 – 2.15 pm Mobility, Morbidity and Urban Settings

Public Health Organization in Modern Bangkok: Rulers’ Thinking, External Pressures and Habitants’ Reaction
Nipaporn Ratchatapattanakul, Thammasat University

Two Birds with One Stone: Health Concerns in the Process of Urban Transport “Modernization” in American-Occupied Manila
Michael D. Pante, Ateneo de Manila University

2.15 – 3.45 pm Workshop on the History of Psychiatry in Indonesia

Byron Good, Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, Hans Pols, Pandu Setiawan, and Rusdi Maslim

3.15 – 3.45 pm Break
3.45 – 6.00 pm Solo Batik Festival
7.00 – 9.00 pm Dinner hosted by the Mayor of Solo

Thursday 5 July

8.00 – 10.00 am Circulation and Construction of Medical Knowledge in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Medicine in the 18th Century: Notes from Linnaean Travel Accounts
David Dunér, Lund University

Visualizing the Geography of Diseases in East Asia, 1870s-1930s
Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins University

Social Institutions as Moderators of Cross-Cultural Knowledge Transfer: The Dutch East India Company in Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia
Matthew Sargent, University of California, Berkeley

Exploiting Quinine: From the Tropical Forests of the Andes to the Government Plantations of the Dutch East Indies, 1850-1900
Arjo Roersch van der Hoogte and Toine Pieters, Utrecht University

10.00 – 10.30 am Break
10.30 am – 12.30 pm Doctors, Migrations and Medical Practice

Dr. Tung goes to China: Revisiting Ton That Tung’s Travels in the Socialist World, 1951-75
Michitake Aso, National University of Singapore

The Career of Dr. Willem Bosch in the Dutch East Indies
Derek Bosch, Calgary

Czech Physicians in the Dutch East Indies
Jan Mrázek, National University of Singapore

12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 – 3.15 pm Global Movements, Local Concerns

Cattle for the Colonizers: Veterinary Medicine in French Indochina
Annick Guénel and Sylvia Klingberg, CASE (Centre Asie du Sud-Est), CNRS-EHESS

Approaches to Women’s Health in Laos, 1969-2000
Kathryn Sweet, National University of Singapore

The Tropical Persists?: The ROK (Republic of Korea) Military and its Public Health in the Vietnam Context, 1965-1973
John Di Moia, National University of Singapore

Of Ethics and Profit: Opium Addiction as Health Issue in the Late Colonial Indonesia, 1910s-1940
Abdul Wahid, Utrecht University/UGM Yogyakarta

3.15 – 3.45 pm Concluding remarks
4.00  – 5.30 pm Trip to Prambanan Temple
6.00 – 7.00 pm Dinner
7.00 – 9.00 pm Prambanan Ballet Dance
Solo 2012
Hans Pols and Rushdy Hoesein, about the enter the Sunan’s carriage