This panel focuses on disease, 2003, memories of loss and lessons we can learn on the 16th anniversary of the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. How do the doctors who were involved in treating patients at the time, remember this epidemic? How does a historian of diseases contextualise that year in the larger fabric of Hong Kong’s modern history? How does a curator of visual culture remember the materiality and ephemera left behind?
This panel invites Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, gastrointestinal specialist who was the Chief of Service, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Prince of Wales Hospital in 2003, founder of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for fighting SARS to speak about his personal experience of 2003. Professor Robert Peckham, Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, The University of Hong Kong will share his research on histories of infectious diseases, epidemics, and global threats from a Hong Kong context. Finally, M+ curator Tina Pang, specialist in Hong Kong visual culture will speak on materiality, gender, and visible artists that were of focus in 2003 in Hong Kong.
Moderated by Melissa Lee, education and public programs curator.
Tina Pang is Curator, Hong Kong Visual Culture at M+, part of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Recent curatorial projects have included the M+ Pavilion exhibition, Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong popular culture (2017).
Professor Robert Peckham
Robert Peckham lectures on the history of medicine and health in the Department of History, The University of Hong Kong and in 2010 introduced cross-faculty teaching modules on global histories of disease and public health. He is a founder and Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine (CHM), a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where he oversees a programme of research projects involving a wide range of disciplines networked to national and international institutions.
Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung
He served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2010-2017 and the Chair of Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) in 2016-17. He is currently Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine and Director of Institute of Digestive Disease of CUHK and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering of the People's Republic of China.
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