Transnational Healthcare in Asia


Expansion of transnationalism as a form of sustained cross nation-state borders linkages between people, places and institutions has led to numerous and unpredictable social formations and transcultural encounters. Notwithstanding a marked increase in academic publications pertaining to the effects of transnationalism in the health field, the light cast in this domain by the social sciences is still diffuse and the corresponding studies are scattered. This workshop aims to partially fill this gap. It is the third of a series of events, co-organised with the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia & Europe’ at the University of Heidelberg, the aim of which is to produce refined collections of essays so as to frame a specific domain of enquiry.

The workshop will address the dynamics of transnational healthcare from both empirical and theoretical perspectives, in a variety of domains ranging from ethics to cultural translation, or again from therapeutic innovation to market construction. Overall, this meeting will examine the transnational and transcultural dimensions of health and healing brought about by the contemporary cross-border movements of people, objects, procedures, techniques and practices.

See the detailed programme schedule and individual abstracts


  • French Institute of Pondicherry (UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE)
  • Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia & Europe’, University of Heidelberg


Dr. Laurent Pordié (IFP / Heidelberg)


Conference Room 212, Karl Jasper Center, University of Heidelberg, Voßstr. 2 - Gebaüde 4400, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany


  • Audrey Bochaton (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris)
  • Heng Leng Chee (National Singapore University)
  • Christoph Cyranski (KJC, University of Heidelberg)
  • Junko Iida (Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Japan)
  • Sinjini Mukherjee (KJC, University of Heidelberg)
  • Laurent Pordié (French Institute of Pondicherry / University of Heidelberg)
  • Roman Sieler (South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg)
  • Leigh Turner (University of Minnesota)
  • Caroline Wilson (University of Bristol)
  • Mei Zhan (University of California, Irvine)