Dr. Eric I. Karchmer
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. 2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Medicine 2000 Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
B.A. 1987 Princeton University
Office Address: 349A Anne Belk Hall
Areas of Research/Interest
Medical anthropology, science studies, the politics of knowledge, Chinese medicine, China studies, colonial and postcolonial societies, history of medicine, ethnobotany
Understanding Culture, Cultural Anthropology, East Asia through Ethnography, Anthropology of the Body, Ethnobotany
Eric Karchmer's research explores recent developments in the theory and practice of Chinese medicine in China. Although contemporary doctors of Chinese medicine emphasize the 2000 year history of their practice, Dr. Karchmer's research focuses on the innovations, adaptations, and hybrid forms of contemporary practice that have been shaped by the colonial and postcolonial conditions of modern China, particularly the encounter with biomedicine. As part of his research, Dr. Karchmer spent five years studying at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, earning a Bachelor’s of Medicine degree. In addition to his ethnographic interests, Dr. Karchmer has also done some research on the modern history of medicine in East Asia, tracing the emergence of national medicine traditions in late 19th and early 20th century. Dr. Karchmer is also a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, treating patients in North Carolina for more than a decade.
under review Double Truths: Postcolonial Transformations in Chinese Medicine. Submitted to University of Pennsylvania
in press "Slow Medicine: How Chinese Medicine Became Efficacious Only for Chronic Conditions." In Worlds of
Chinese Medicine: Historical Epistemology and Transnational Cultural Politics, Howards Hsueh (ed.).
in press "Ancient Forumulas to Strenghten the Nation." Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity.
2013 "The Excitations and Suppressions of the Time: Locating Emotional Disorders in Modern Chinese
Medicine." Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 37(1).
2010 "Chinese Medicine in Action: On the Postcoloniality of Medical Practice in China." Medical Anthroplogy
2002 "Magic, Science, and Qigong in Contemporary China." In China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the
Middle Kingdom, Susan Blum and Lionel Jensen (eds.), pp. 311-322. University of Hawaii Press.
2001 "文化人类学与中医 (Cultural Anthropology and Chinese Medicine)." 北京中医药大学学报》(Beijing University of
Chinese Medicine Journal) 6:4-9. (with Judith Farquhar and Lai Lili)
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The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.