Colloque international : Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West

Le colloque international « Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West » aura lieu les 15 et 16 septembre 2017 à l’Université de Leyde, dans le cadre du Leiden Asia Year 2017.

Patrick Beillevaire (Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS) et Ekaterina Simonova- Gudzenko (Professeur à l’Université d’État de Moscou), membres du Centre Japon, participeront à ce colloque.

Patrick Beillevaire : « Introduction and application of the triangulation method in the kingdom of Ryūkyū in the first half of the 18th century »

Ekaterina Simonova- Gudzenko (Moscow State University) : « Gyoki-type maps as the model of visual representation of Japanese archipelago in East Asian and Western cartography »

Programme détaillé :

Yasuko D'Hulst

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Appel à communication : International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West


Appel à communication pour le colloque international « Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West » qui aura lieu les 15 et 16 septembre 2017 à l’Université de Leyde, dans le cadre du Leiden Asia Year 2017.

Date limite d’envoi des propositions de communication : 15 février 2017

Leiden University Libraries and The Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) kindly invites you to attend the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West on 15-16 September 2017.

The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

Topics and questions which will be discussed are:
• What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
• Asian cartographic traditions
• Asian toponomy and cartography
• Cartography and intercultural contact
• Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
• Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
• Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
• and all papers of merit

During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions.
The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous.
The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps.
The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV).
The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.

Site web du colloque :

Yasuko D'Hulst

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International Workshop: Cartography in Transition in Modern & Contemporary East Asia (18th-21st centuries)


Le Centre de recherches sur le Japon a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue de la deuxième de deux journées d’étude sur la cartographie en Asie orientale le 2 novembre 2016. La première journée s’est tenue en mars 2016.

Mercredi 2 novembre 2016 de 10h à 18h
EHESS, salle 640, 6e étage, 190, avenue de France, 75013 Paris

Contact :


Noémi Godefroy (CEJ/CRJ) & Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (CRJ/IKGF, Erlangen)


Fabian Schäfer (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)



Patrick Beillevaire (Centre de Recherches sur le Japon – UMR 8173 CHINE-CORÉE-JAPON): Cassini in Ryūkyū: Introduction and application of the triangulation method for the mapping of Okinawa Island, 1737-1750


Elke Papelitzky (University of Salzburg): Changes in the representation of the Philippines in Chinese and Japanese maps of the 18th and 19th century


Noémi Godefroy (Centre d’Études Japonaises – INALCO/ Centre de Recherches sur le Japon – UMR 8173 CHINE-CORÉE-JAPON): From Ezo to Hokkaidō – “Connected geographies” & the Japanese mapping of the Ainu lands (18th-19th centuries)


Radu Leca (International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden): Maps and Maritime Expansion in Nineteenth-Century Japan


Sophie Buhnik (Centre de recherche sur les réseaux, l’industrie et l’aménagement (CRIA)/ UMR Géographie-cités): Mapping a “society of rising inequalities” and its territories – Towards a renewed critical geography of Japan?


The publication earlier this year of the seminal work Cartographic Japan, which saw the participation of many eminent historians, materializes an ongoing trend towards a greater recognition of cartography as a “window on particular moments of (…) history” (Wigen 2016 : 2). In fact, cartography and map-making are inextricably linked to the geopolitical, cultural, economic and social context of a given place, at a given time.

During the first Centre CHINE-CORÉE-JAPON (CCJ) workshop in March 2016, the deciphering of pre-modern and early modern East Asian maps brought to light their representation of the organization of space in terms of cosmographical concepts rather than its topographic reality. In this sense, these maps materialized a seemingly inward-bound, domestic, and erudite reading of the world, which required specific tools and knowledge to understand them.

From the end of the 18th century, in the advent of an increasingly global society, East Asian cartography reflects a more outward-bound approach, as maps had to be read, drawn up, and understood by an increasing variety of people, from individual explorers to competing powers. Thus, maps now sought to represent topographical elements, borders, networks, maritime space, sovereignty, resources, and demographics.

The aim of this workshop is to analyse, in a longue durée perspective, the evolutions in East Asia cartography in terms of cartographic contents, methods, means, and ends.

Program – abstracts (pdf)

Poster (pdf)




Yasuko D'Hulst

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Une nouvelle collection de cartes japonaises

« Kyō Ezu » : The University of Manchester Library

La bibliothèque de l’Université de Manchester a numérisé une partie de sa collection de cartes japonaises et les a intégré dans sa base des données « The University of Manchester Library Image Collections (LUNA) ».
Accès à la base de données.

The Japanese Collection, assembled by the 25th Earl of Crawford in the 1860s and 1870s and purchased by The John Rylands Library in 1901, is not large by international standards, but it contains manuscripts and printed books of great interest and rarity. Amongst them are a number of 18th and 19th century maps together with topographical or geographical books and manuscripts.
A full list of the collection was completed by Professor Peter Kornicki and published in the Bulletin of The John Rylands Library.
The aim of this project was to select and digitise a number of maps and associated books and manuscripts from the Library’s Japanese Collection in order to preserve and make them available for teaching, research and study purposes. At this stage, 28 maps, predominantly published in Japan during the Tokugawa or Edo period, have been selected; the maps represent the whole of Japan or its cities, such as Kyoto and Edo (current Tokyo).
Because of their format and fragility comparison side-by-side is very difficult; digitisation can be an ideal approach in making possible the close comparison and contextualisation of a range of maps with related material.

Pour en savoir plus

Yasuko D'Hulst

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Workshop: « Industry and the City in Europe and Japan Tokyo, Paris, London, Kyoto and Osaka 1770-1930 »


This workshop seeks to explore the interface of industry with the urban fabric in a comparative perspective.The goal is to bring together emerging research on Japanese urban industrial cities with research results on their counterparts in France and England.

Specifically, the workshop will focus on mapping of the industrial activity onto the urban fabric of Tokyo, Paris, London, Osaka. Our investigation will revolve around the following questions: How does industrial activity invest a city? How does industry map onto an existing urban fabric? If and how does it map onto existing artisanal spaces? How intensification of industrial activity recasts old and forges new spatial configurations in an urban setting?

In Japan, the urban fabric of early modern Edo was strongly determined by the social status stratification with clear reflection in residence patterns. When in late Tokugawa period, the system of mandatory residence of domain lords in Edo (sankin kôtai) was dismantled, a large number of domain residences in Tokyo came to be abandoned. Did Tokyo industry emerge in the artisanal heart of the city or did abandoned domain residents and gardens provide fertile grounds for small scale industrial activity? In the case of Osaka, before 1880s, little suggested that it would become one of two principal industrial cities of Japan and the capital of the chemical industry. How did chemical industry come to inhabit Osaka between 1890 and 1920? How did chemical installation affect the urban fabric of the city?

10:00-10:15 Introduction

10:15-11:15  Tanimoto Masayuki (University of Tokyo/EHESS)
The City of Workshops: The Manufacturing Industries in the early 20th century Tokyo

11:15 -12:15 Thomas Le Roux (CNRS/EHESS)
Mapping Smoke: Air Pollution and Harmful Factories in Paris, 1800-1850

Chiar: Liliane Hillaire-Péreze (Paris Diderot/EHESS)

12:15-14 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Fujimoto Masayo (Dôshisha University/FFJ)
The Brewers of Fushimi: Unconventionality, Tradition and Sake Industry in Kyoto, 1880-1930

15:00-16:00 Marie Thébaud-Sorger (CNRS/EHESS)
Burning Issues: Mapping Artisanal Activity in London through Insurance Records, 1770-1800

Chair: Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art)

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Aleksandra Kobiljski (CNRS/IAO)
Chemical Dreams in the Capital of Smoke: Noxious Fumes and Toxic Effluvia in Osaka, 1877-1916

17:30 – 18:00 Final discussion: Industrial Metropoles in Comparative Perspective
Liliane Hillaire-Péreze and Tanimoto Masayuki

June 7, 2016
EHESS, Room 640

190 Avenue de France, 75013 Paris

To register email:
Workshop venue and amenities are wheelchari-acessible.
This workshop is organised as part of the Japan Technology and Industry Working Group.
For more information about the group please consult the blog:


Yasuko D'Hulst

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International Workshop: Deciphering Sino-Korean atlases and Japanese maps


Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue de la première de deux journées d’étude sur la cartographie en Asie intitulée « Deciphering Sino-Korean atlases and Japanese maps: Current Research Problems in East Asian Cartography Studies » (Déchiffrer les atlas sino-coréens et les cartes japonaises : État de la recherche et perspectives des études sur la cartographie d’Asie orientale) le lundi 21 mars 2016 à l’EHESS (site de l’avenue de France).
Ces deux journées d’étude sont organisées par le Centre de recherches sur le Japon. La seconde journée se tiendra à l’automne 2016.


La parution récente d’ouvrages collectifs et transdisciplinaires sur la cartographie asiatique matérialise l’intérêt transversal des documents cartographiques pour les recherches en sciences humaines et sociales. Si l’importance de tels documents n’est plus à démontrer, en particulier dans le cas des recherches portant sur les mondes asiatiques pré-modernes, il n’en demeure pas moins que la compréhension du contenu des cartes sino-coréennes et japonaises nécessite une analyse qui s’éloigne du prisme des standards de la cartographie européenne moderne. En effet, ces cartes constituent une mine de données qui n’ont pas pour vocation la représentation de la réalité topographique d’un espace, mais une représentation de son organisation cosmogonique, cosmologique, politique, religieuse, pratique, historique, civilisationnelle en termes spatiaux.
Ces deux journées d’étude (21 mars et automne 2016), coordonnées par le Centre Japon et le Centre Corée, ont pour but de mettre en lumière les grilles de lecture spécifiques aux cartes asiatiques, à la lumière des traditions cartographiques et des référents culturels propres à l’Asie, mais également à travers l’appréciation des éléments cartographiques endogènes et exogènes à la Chine, à la Corée et au Japon.


9h30 Participants’ welcome

10h – 10h15 Opening remarks (Noémi Godefroy (CEJ/CRJ), Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (CRJ))

Chair – Isabelle Sancho (CRC)

10h15 – 11h15 Yang Yulei (Zhejiang University/CRC)
Images of the world in 18th century Asia – The Complete map of Heaven
and Earth (Tian Di Quan Tu 天地全圖) in the San Cai Yi Guan Tu 三才一貫圖

11h15 – 12h15 Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (CRJ)
The « wheel » world maps and the maps of China in the Sino-Korean
Atlases (18th-19th centuries) and the history of their study

12h15 – 14h Lunch Break

Chair – Augustin Berque (CRJ)

14h – 15h Ekaterina Simonova-Gudzenko (Université d’État de Moscou/CRJ)
Representations of Japan and the Ryu-Kyu in the Sino-Korean Atlases

15h – 16h Radu Leca (SOAS/ Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich)
‘People of the World’ on Seventeenth-century Japanese Maps and Their
Impact on Vernacular Culture

16h-16h30 Coffee break

16h30 – 17h30 Final discussion

Lundi 21 mars 2016 de 9h30 à 17h30
Salle 640, 6e étage, EHESS
190, avenue de France 75013 Paris

Contact : noemi.godefroy[at]

Yasuko D'Hulst

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