Montag, 27. Mrz 2017, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Geschichte am Mittwoch - Geschichte im Dialog

Kären Wigen (Stanford): Entering „Asia“: Imagining Continents in the Early Modern World through Japanese Eyes



HS 45
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


The idea of Asia as a continent was introduced to the Chinese and their neighbors by the Jesuits in the 1600s. But how did East Asians see themselves in early modern times? Drawing mainly on woodblock prints from the 17th to the early 19th centuries, this visually rich lecture surveys how Japanese mapmakers crafted their own imaginative syntheses of Confucian cartography, Buddhist cosmology, and European geographical categories.



Zur Vortragenden:

Kären Wigen is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History at Stanford University. The co-author, with Martin Lewis, of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (1997), her most recent books are, as author, A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (2010), and, as co-editor, Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps (2016).




Institut für Geschichte


Mag. Dr. Martina FUCHS
Institut für Geschichte
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