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Early Modern Kyūshū: A Regional Crossroads of Knowledge, Trade, and Production

September 09 2022 - September 10 2022 - Seminar

Online workshop via Zoom

Registration required at (zoom registration)

For more information about the workshop, please contact Annick Horiuchi or Pierre-Emmanuel Roux

Friday, September 9, 2022

(Central European Time)

8:45 : Introduction

Session 1: Circulation of knowledge and scholarly networks

Chair: Bettina GRAMLICH-OKA (Sophia University)


9:00-9:40 / 16:00-16:40 (Japan)

ŌSHIMA Akihide 大島明秀 (Prefectural University of Kumamoto)


The Circulation of “Dutch Studies” (Rangaku) Knowledge in the Early Modern Kumamoto Domain (in Japanese)


9:40-10:20 / 16:40-17:20 (Japan)

Daniel SAID MONTEIRO (Université Paris Cité)

Learning from the Continent: Nagasaki Scholar-Interpreters in the Wake of the Ming-Qing Transition


10:20-11:00 / 17:20-18:00 (Japan)

Nicolas MOLLARD (Université Lyon III – Jean Moulin)

Networks of Naturalists and Introduction Routes of Agricultural Plants in Satsuma Domain from the Perspective of Seikei zusetsu (Illustrated Catalogue of Creation, 1804)


11:00-11:15 Break


Session 2: East Asian connections and religious matters

Chair: W. J. BOOT (Leiden University)


11:15-11:55 / 18:15-18:55 (Japan)

François LACHAUD (École française d’Extrême-Orient)

The Chinese Connection: Lives and Afterlives of Yinyuan Longqi (1592-1673) in Nagasaki


11:55-12:35 / 18:55-19:35 (Japan)

Pierre-Emmanuel ROUX (Université Paris Cité)

Kyūshū: The Heart of Anti-Christianity in Early Modern East Asia


 Session 3: Technical knowledge: From global to local

Chair: Catherine JAMI (CNRS)


14:30-15:10 / 21:30-22:10 (Japan) / 8:30-9:10 (US-EST)

Fiona KARCZ (Sorbonne Université)

Knowledge and Skills between West and East: the Jesuit Mission Press in Kyūshū (1591-1614)


15:10-15:50 / 22:10-22:40 (Japan) / 9:10-9:50 (US-EST)

Nathan LEDBETTER (Princeton University)

Local Matters: Kyūshū as a Site of the ‘Global’ Spread of Firearms


15:50-16:00 Break


16:00-16:40 / 23:00-23:40 (Japan) / 10:00-10:40 (US-EST)


Smallpox on the Ryūkyū Islands: Maritime Transmission and Local Treatment Methods


 16:40-17:20 / 23:40-00:20 (Japan) / 10:40-11:20 (US-EST)

Céline ZURETTI (Université Paris Cité)

Technical Innovation in Premodern Kyūshū: The Case of the Shūseikan Jigyō of Satsuma Domain


Saturday, September 10, 2022

(Central European Time)

8:45 : Introduction

Session 4: International trade and local power

Chair: Andrew COBBING (University of Nottingham)


9:00-9:40 / 16:00-16:40 (Japan)

Frederik CRYNS (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

Hirado as the Gateway to Japan on the Eve of the Early Modern Period


9:40-10:20 / 16:40-17:20 (Japan)

PENG Hao 彭浩 (Osaka City University)


Nagasaki Trade and the Regional Market of  Kyūshū in the Eighteenth Century (in Japanese)


10:20-11:00  / 17:20-18:00 (Japan)

Patrick BEILLEVAIRE (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Putting up with Shogunate Restrictions. Satsuma’s China Trade via the Kingdom of Ryūkyū 


11:15-11:55 / 18:15-18:55 (Japan)

Rebekah CLEMENTS (ICREA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Foreigners and the Consolidation of Power in Satsuma Domain during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries


11:55-12:20 Concluding Remarks