Japan’s Shifting Position on Maps of the World in the Late Edo Period
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Dr Radu Leca (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
Date: 6 January 2016Time: 5:05 PM
Finishes: 6 January 2016Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102
Type of Event: Seminar
The case of Nagakubo Sekisui is representative. After publishing the first map of Japan using latitude and longitude, in 1788 Sekisui also published a map of the world based on Ricci’s model. The map was nevertheless updated with information on the presence of the Dutch in Java and the establishment by the Dutch of a ‘New Holland’ in the Southern Continent corresponding to Australia. This example, among others, indicates that maps originating in Ricci’s model - usually considered ‘antiquated’ - emerged as newly relevant through their proclamation of ‘Myriad Worlds’ of which Japan was but one.
Radu Leca received a PhD in History of Art from SOAS in 2015. His article ‘Brazilian Cannibals in 16th-century Europe and 17th-century Japan’, Comparative Critical Studies, 11, Supplement, discusses a transcultural iconographic transfer through the cartographic medium. This interest in cartographic sources is met by SISJAC’s extensive collection of historical maps donated by Hugh Cortazzi. Their close examination is feeding into Radu’s forthcoming monograph on the spatial imaginary of early modern Japan. The collection is also the focus of an international workshopRadu is organizing at SISJAC in June 2016.
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