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IASA Seminar “The first Japanese « embassy » to Europe, 1580’s-1590’s. An essay in early modern global history”

◆Date and time:Dec. 14, 2016 (Wed.), 6:30-8:00PM

◆Venue:Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo, First Meeting Room (3F)

◆Speaker:Antonella Romano(Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

◆Title:
The first Japanese « embassy » to Europe, 1580’s-1590’s. An essay in early modern global history

Chair:Takahiro Nakajima(Professor, IASA)

◆Language: English


◆Abstract:
In my last book, published last September,Impressions de Chine. L’Europe et l’englobement du monde (1550-1670), I investigate the processes of European knowledge production in the 16th century, on the base of a specific romano-iberian conjoncture, which allows me to analyze the twofold and connected “discovery” of what European named as Indias, both Oriental (Asia) and Occidental (Americas). Within this framework, it is my contention that the 1580’s-1590’s Japanese “embassy” played a central role in such a process. I will thus focus my presentation on the major book that derived from it, the De missione legatorum Iaponensium ad Romanam Curiam rebusque in Europa, ac toto itinerare animadvertis, published in 1590, in Macau, in order to trace and discuss the European way of connecting Japan to the world.