Mme UCHIDA Jun, Professeure invitée à l’EHESS en juin 2018

Professeur UCHIDA Jun, de l’Université de Stanford, historienne du Japon et spécialiste de l’époque moderne sera directrice d’étude invitée à l’EHESS en juin 2018. Elle est l’auteure de Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876–1945 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014).

Son projet de recherche en cours porte sur l’histoire de la diaspora des marchands de la région d’Ômi et du commerce de textiles qu’ils firent dans tout l’archipel. En réunissant des sources dans l’actuelle province de Shiga, elle étudie l’influence qu’ils ont eue au fil des années sur le commerce international dans une région allant de la Chine à l’Amérique du Nord.

Elle interviendra aux dates suivantes :

Mardi 5 juin 2018, 11h-13h 
“Ōmi Shōnin and the Growth of an Early Modern Trading Diaspora Across the Japanese Archipelago”

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Aux origines de la mondialisation et de la ‘grande divergence’ »  animé par François Gipouloux et Aleksandra Kobilijski.

EHESS, salle A07-51 (7e étage), 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

The province of Ōmi (present-day Shiga prefecture) is historically known for its itinerant peddlers, the so-called Ōmi shōnin. Frequently compared to overseas Chinese and European Jews for their commercial prowess, merchants from Ōmi engaged in wholesale activities around early modern Japan, from Ezo (Hokkaidō) in the north to Kyūshū in the south. While they are almost a fixture in local and popular histories, Ōmi shōnin remain virtually unknown outside Japan. In this talk, I will offer an overview of their history, from their humble origins as peddlers to the peak of their activities in the Tokugawa period, when they circulated goods and commodities of various provinces to forge a trading diaspora across the early modern archipelago.


Jeudi 7 juin 2018, 11h-13h 
 “Minakai: An Ōmi Merchant’s Emporium at the Nexus of Imperial Asia and Immigrant America”

Dans le cadre du séminaire extraordinaire du Centre de recherches sur le Japon « Histoire du Japon moderne et contemporain : Permanences & Ruptures », animé par Aleksandra Kobiljski, Guillaume Carré, Annick Horiuchi.

EHESS, salle 11 (3e étage), 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

This talk examines the role of the so-called Ōmi shōnin (merchants) as forerunners of modern retail in the Japanese colonial empire. Historically known for their success as entrepreneurial peddlers, Ōmi merchants and their descendants began expanding their activities abroad in the Meiji period, when Japan fully entered the world of global commerce. Using the case of Minakai Store, I will trace how one Ōmi merchant family transformed its century-old clothier into a modern department store, with its business base in colonial Korea and Manchuria. Minakai’s metamorphosis was inspired by the company president’s tour of North America, which was punctuated by visits to local Japanese immigrant communities. By probing the impact of such transpacific encounters on an Ōmi merchant family, I will unpack the dynamic interplay between local and global in the emergent world of mass retail in the early twentieth century.

Mardi 12  juin 2018, 14h-16h 
 “Japan and Its margins: Okinawa, Hokkaidō, Taiwan and Korea”

 EHESS, salle A07-51 (7e étage), 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris (à confirmer)

This session is dedicated to discussion of a working draft of Chapter 2 for the new edition of The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume III: The Modern Japanese Nation and Empire (1876-2011), edited by Laura Hein. I am co-authoring this chapter with Prof. Asano Toyomi of Waseda University. This chapter examines Japan’s dual transformation into a modern nation-state and an empire, or a “nation-empire” (kokumin teikoku), from the late nineteenth century to end of the Asia-Pacific War. Departing from convention to treat Okinawa and Hokkaidō separately from colonial Taiwan and Korea, it examines all four territories within a unified analytical framework. Its central concern is to identify and highlight the common logic, ideologies, and practices that governed the acquisition and administration of these territories. By tracing the process of national integration (kokumin tōgō) from the metropole to its peripheries (commonly understood in terms of naichi enchō), the chapter aims to elucidate Japan’s co-production of nation and empire, a process quite distinct from the trajectory of Western powers. Yet rather than treating Japan as “an anomaly,” the essay traces its evolution as part of the global formation of empires, while raising key issues of comparative significance, from assimilation and collaboration to “colonial modernization.” 
For a copy of the paper, please write to:

Jeudi 14  juin 2018, 10h-18h 
International Workshop : « EnviroTech Histories of Modern East Asia »

EHESS, salle A07-37 (7e étage), 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Yasuko D'Hulst

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