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

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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:


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