- Also known as
primary name: Hsu, Elisabeth
- individual; academic/intellectual; English; Female
- Other dates
- 2000s- (active)
- Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Oxford
School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography
51 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 6PE
- Elisabeth Hsu, University Lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Fellow of Green College, is the coordinator of the MSc in Medical Anthropology. In 1978, she went for one year to China to study standard modern Chinese at the Beijing Language Institute. She then enrolled in five years of undergraduate training in biology at ETH Zurich. Her dissertation was on Betonica officinalis L., and for chemo-taxonomic purposes she extracted and identified iridoids and flavonoids from it. In 1985 she started her studies in Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich, and in 1986-87 she completed a M Phil course in General Linguistics at Cambridge University. From 1987 to 1992 she did her Ph D in Social Anthropology at Cambridge under the guidance of Dr Gilbert Lewis. From 1992 to 1996 she was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Zurich, and between 1996-2001 she was worked as a post-doctoral University Fellow at Cambridge University. In 2002 she obtained a Habilitation in Sinology from Heidelberg University, in recognition of her book-long study on pulse diagnostics in early China. Her main research interests concern conceptual aspects of Chinese medical theory, pulse diagnostics, metaphors of touch, and the anthropology of sensory experience. Her current research is into Asian medicines in the diaspora and, in particular, into Chinese and other traditional medicines in East Africa.
- Hsu, Elizabeth. "'The medicine from China has rapid effects': Chinese medicine patients in Tanzania. " In: Anthropology & Medicine, 2002;9(3):291-313.