Prepositional Bodies: The Manchu Anatomy

This new project is devoted to exploring early modern Manchu-language translation of scientific and medical knowledge. It uses The Manchu Anatomy as a site for fieldwork in re-conceptualizing the body as a space of prepositional relationships: here, the body is not a collection of arms and legs and mouths, but instead is a space for the production of on-ness, with-ness, through-ness, and other kinds of dimensional relationships of proximity. These relationships of proximity, the project contends, create material experience.

This project is intended to produce a book-length monograph as well as other objects and products in other media. I will post updates and details in the months to come!