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Dr. R. Peckham
Dr. Robert Peckham

BA, PhD King's College London

 

Research Projects

 

2016- 'Epidemics and Migration: Histories of a World in Motion,' supported by the Faculty of Arts, HKU.

 

2016- 'Techno-Imperialism and the Origins of Global Health,' supported by a GRF award from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

 

2014-2015 'Animal Histories in Human Health: Comparative Perspectives from East Asia, 1850-1950,' supported by the Faculty of Arts, HKU.

 

2013-2014 'Viral Imaginaries in Contemporary China,' supported by the Hsu Long-sing Research Fund, HKU.

 

2012-2015 'Infective Economies: Plague and the Crisis of Empire,' supported by a GRF award from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.

 

2012-2013 'Social Entrepreneurship for Health - Enhancing Networks and Building Capacities,' supported by ExCEL3 Project, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

 

2011-2012 'Panic: Disease, Crisis, and Empire in East Asia,' supported by the Louis Cha Fund, HKU.

 

2010-2011 'Economies of Contagion: Plague, Trade, and Empire, 1894-1914,' supported by HKU Seed Funding for Basic Research.

 

 

Sole Authored Books 

     

  1. Medicine for a Supercity: An Alternative History of Hong Kong (in preparation).
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  3. Epidemics in Modern Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp.374. ISBN: 9781107446762 (Paperback); ISBN: 9781107084681 (Hardback).
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  5. National Histories, Natural States: Nationalism and the Politics of Place in Greece (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2001), pp.240. ISBN: 9781860646416.
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    Edited Volumes

       

    1. The Cambridge History of Health in Asia (Cambridge University Press, under review).
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    3. Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2015), pp.242. ISBN: 9789888208449.
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    5. Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (New York: Routledge, Studies in Cultural History, 2014), pp.198. ISBN: 9781138957428 (Paperback); ISBN: 9780415836197 (Hardback).
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    7. Co-edited with David M. Pomfret, Imperial Contagions: Medicine, Hygiene, and Cultures of Planning in Asia (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013), pp.320. ISBN: 9789888139521 (Paperback); ISBN: 9789888139125 (Hardback).
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    9. Rethinking Heritage: Cultures and Politics in Europe (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003), pp.268. ISBN: 9781860647963.

     

     

    Journal Articles

     

    1. 'Satellites and the New War on Infection: Tracking Ebola in West Africa,' Geoforum, vol.80 (Elsevier: 2017): 24-38 [co-authored with Ria Sinha]. ISSN: 0016-7185.
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    3. 'Polio, Terror and the Immunological Worldview,' Global Public Health (Taylor & Francis: 2016). ISSN: 1744-1706.
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    5. 'Hong Kong Junk: Plague and the Economy of Chinese Things,' Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol.90, no.1 (Johns Hopkins University Press: 2016): 32-60. ISSN: 0007-5140.
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    7. 'Hygienic Nature: Afforestation and the Greening of Colonial Hong Kong,' Modern Asian Studies, vol.49, no.4 (Cambridge University Press: 2014): 1177-1209. ISSN: 0026-749X.

      * Dr. Peckham received an Outstanding Paper Award at the Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference (January 2017) for the paper ‘Hygienic Nature: Afforestation and the Greening of Colonial Hong Kong.’
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    9. 'Contagion: Epidemiological Models and Financial Crises,' Journal of Public Health, vol.36, no.1 (Oxford University Press: 2014): 13-17. ISSN: 1741-3842.
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    11. 'Infective Economies: Empire, Panic, and the Business of Disease,' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol.41, no.2 (Taylor and Francis: 2013): 211-237. ISSN: 0308-6534.
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    13. 'Economies of Contagion: Financial Crisis and Pandemic,' Economy and Society, vol.42, no.2 (Taylor and Francis: 2013): 226-248. ISSN: 0308-5147.
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    15. 'Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health (SESH): A New Approach for Enabling Delivery of Sexual Health Services Among Most-at-Risk Populations,' with Joseph D. Tucker, Kevin A. Fenton, and Rosanna W. Peeling, PLoS Medicine, 9/7 (July 2012). ISSN: 1549-1277 [selected as Editor's Choice].
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    17. 'Diseasing the City: Colonial Noir and the Ruins of Modernity,' Fast Capitalism, vol.8, no.1 (2011). ISSN: 1930-014X.
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    19. 'Medicine for Humanities? On Travelling Cultures and Interdisciplinarity,' Chinese Medical Humanities Review, 3 (University of Peking: 2010): 19-24. ISBN: 9787811169522 [in Chinese].
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    21. 'The City of Knowledge: Rethinking the History of Science and Urban Planning,' Planning Perspectives, vol.24, no.4 (Taylor and Francis: 2009): 521-535. ISSN: 0266-5433.
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    23. 'The Uncertain State of Islands: Nationalism and the Discourse of Islands in Britain and Greece,' Journal of Historical Geography, vol.29, no.4 (Elsevier: 2003): 499-515. ISSN: 0305-7488.
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    25. 'Map Mania: Nationalism and the Politics of Place in Greece,' Political Geography, vol.19, no.1 (Elsevier: 2000): 77-95. ISSN: 0962-6298.
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    27. 'Diseased Bodies of the Nation: Suicide in Fin-de-Siècle Greece,' Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol.9, no.2 (University of Malta: 1999): 155-173. ISSN: 1016-3476.

     

     

    Chapters in Edited Volumes

     

    1. 'Listening to Pandemics: Sonic Fictions and the Biology of Emergence,' in Priscilla Wald et al., eds., Palgrave Handbooks of Literature and Science, Volume 5: Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Literature and Science (in progress).
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    3. 'Bad Meat: Food and the Medicine of Modern Hygiene,' in Angela Ki Che Leung and Melissa L. Caldwell eds., Moral Foods: 'Good' and 'Bad' Foods in the Construction of Modern Asian Health Regimes (Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, under review).
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    5. 'Critical Mass: Colonial Crowds and Contagious Panics in 1890s Hong Kong and Bombay,' in Harald Fischer-Tiné, ed., Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings: Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016), pp. 369-392. ISBN: 9783319451367.
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    7. 'Symptoms of Empire: Cholera in Southeast Asia, 1820-1850,' in Mark Jackson, ed., The Routledge History of Disease (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp.183-201. ISBN: 9780415720014.
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    9. 'Spaces of Quarantine in Colonial Hong Kong,' in Alison Bashford, ed., Quarantine: Local and Global Histories (London and New York: Palgrave, 2016), pp.66-84. ISBN: 9781137524454.
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    11. 'Disease and Medicine,' in John MacKenzie, ed., Encyclopedia of Empire (Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2016). ISBN: 9781118455074.
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    13. 'Panic Encabled: Epidemics and the Telegraphic World,' in Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2015), pp.131-154. ISBN: 9789888208449.
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    15. 'Introduction: Reading the Signs,' in Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2015), pp.1-21. ISBN: 9789888208449.
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    17. 'Game of Empires: Hunting in Treaty-Port China,' in James Beattie, Edward Mellilo and Emily O' Gorman, eds., Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp.202-232. ISBN: 9781441109835.
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    19. 'Nightmare on Wall Street: Zombie Bankers and the New Contagion,' in Sharon Packer and Jody Pennington, eds., A History of Evil in Popular Culture (Santa Barbara: Praeger/ABC Clio, 2014), pp.237-248. ISBN: 978-0-313-39770-7.
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    21. 'Introduction: Pathologizing Crime, Criminalizing Disease,' in Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (New York: Routledge, 2014), pp.1-18. ISBN: 9780415836197.
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    23. 'Pathological Properties: Scenes of Crime, Sites of Infection,' in Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (New York: Routledge, 2014), pp.56-78. ISBN: 9780415836197.
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    25. 'Ghosts in the Body: Infection, Genes, and the Re-enchantment of Biology,' in Olu Jenzen and Sally R. Munt, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures (Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013), pp.95-106. ISBN: 9781409444671.
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    27. 'Medicine, Hygiene, and the Re-ordering of Empire,' co-authored with David M. Pomfret in Imperial Contagions: Medicine, Hygiene, and Cultures of Planning in Asia (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013), pp.1-14. ISBN: 9789888139125.
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    29. 'Matshed Laboratory: Colonies, Cultures, and Bacteriology,' in Imperial Contagions: Medicine, Hygiene, and Cultures of Planning in Asia (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013), pp.123-147. ISBN: 9789888139125.
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    31. 'The Politics of Heritage and Public Culture,' in R. S. Peckham, ed., Rethinking Heritage: Cultures and Politics in Europe (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003), pp.1-13. ISBN: 1860647960.
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    33. 'Islands Apart,' in Stephanos Stephanides and Susan Bassett, eds., Translating Floating Islands (University of Bologna: COPTERA Reader Series, 2002), pp.85-89. ISBN: 9963875807.
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    35. 'The Exoticism of the Familiar and the Familiarity of the Exotic: Fin-de-siècle travellers to Greece,' in James S. Duncan and Derek Gregory, eds., Writes of Passage: Reading Travel Writing (London and New York: Routledge, 1999), pp.164-184. ISBN: 0415160138.
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    37. 'Consuming Nations,' in Sian Griffiths and Jenny Wallace, eds., Consuming Passions: Food in the Age of Anxiety (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998), pp.171-182. ISBN: 1901341062.

     

     

    Academic Reviews and Professional Publications

     

    1. 'Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic,' Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University, forthcoming).
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    3. 'Where Has SARS Gone? The Strange Case of the Disappearing Coronavirus,' Somatosphere (June 8, 2016).
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    5. 'The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960,' American Historical Review, vol.120, no.5 (Oxford University Press: 2015), pp.1873-1874. ISSN: 0002-8762 [review article].
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    7. 'Health and Hygiene in Chinese East Asia,' The China Quarterly, vol.213 (Cambridge University Press: 2013), pp.220-221. ISSN: 0305-7410 [review article].
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    9. 'Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution,' Centaurus: An International Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Aspects, vol.53, no.4 (Wiley-Blackwell: 2011), pp.333-334. ISSN: 0008-8994 [review article].
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    11. 'The History of Medicine: Challenges and Futures,' Perspectives on History, vol.48, no.8 (American Historical Association: November 2010), pp.45-47. ISSN: 1940-8048 ['State of the Field' essay].

     

     

    Journalism

     

    Over sixty articles, op-ed pieces, and reviews in newspapers and magazines, focusing on history, culture, politics, and health and aimed at a wide, non-specialist audience, including: The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman & Society, South China Morning Post, Times Higher Education Supplement, Times Literary Supplement, World Today.