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Dr Leon Antonio Rocha

Dr Leon   Antonio Rocha

Research Fellow, Emmanuel College

Affiliated Researcher, Needham Research Institute


I received my BA, MPhil and PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. My doctoral dissertation, entitled "Sex, Eugenics, Aesthetics, Utopia in the Life and Work of Zhang Jingsheng (1888-1970)" was written under the supervision of Professor John Forrester and Dr Susan Daruvala.

I was teaching-only Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Yale University and then D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia Postdoctoral Fellow at the Needham Research Institute. I was Dahlem Humanities Centre International Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012.

I was the principal organiser of the Reproducing China: Childbirth, One Child and Beyond conference, held in Cambridge in July 2012.

I serve as the Managing Editor of Dissertation Reviews (for which I also edit its Science Studies and Medical Anthropology series).

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

History of science, medicine and technology in East Asia; history of modern China, especially the Republican period; late-nineteenth to twenty-first century history of gender, sexuality and reproduction; Gender theory, French theory and French intellectual history, particularly the work of Michel Foucault; Historiography of science, particularly Joseph Needham and Science and Civilisation in China; Sweetened condensed milk.                                                                                                                   

Key Publications

Foucault, the Family and Politics, co-edited with Robbie Duschinsky, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

"Quentin Pan and The China Critic" in China Heritage Quarterly 30/31, Special issue on The China Critic, Geremie Barmé and Christopher Rea (eds.), 2012.

"The Way of Sex: Joseph Needham and Jolan Chang" in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43, 611-626, 2012.

"Scientia Sexualis versus Ars Erotica : Foucault, van Gulik, Needham" in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42, 328-343, 2011.

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