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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International Symposium : The Research on Ancient History in Colonial Korea under Japanese Rule

Colloque international intitulé « The Research on Ancient History in Colonial Korea under Japanese Rule. Archaeology, History and Heritage Policies in East Asian Modern History » aura lieu à l’Université de Waseda le samedi 23 avril 2016.

Ce colloque sera inauguré par la conférence « Overcoming the Colonialism and the Research upon Ancient Korea » donnée par YI Sŏngshi (univ. Waseda) à la Maiosn franco-japonaise le vendredi 22 avril à 18h.

Studying the ancient past of the Korean peninsula became a central objective in the studies and surveys conducted by the Japanese colonial administration in Korea from the protectorate era (1905-1910) through to the end of colonial rule. These academic investigations were also part of the colonial government’s political agenda to control Korea. It established the Commission for the Investigation of Korean Antiquities (1915), which aimed to investigate and protect the past, and the Commission for the Compilation of Korean History (created in 1922 and renamed a Society in 1925) in order to write the history of the peninsula up to the period of Japanese rule. These projects occupied a critical position among the tasks conducted by Imperial Japan.

This international conference will explore Japanese academic practices towards Ancient Korea (history, archaeology, heritage protection policies), while also considering the precedent established by French archaeological practices in colonial Cambodia and the case of continental China. The aim will be to analyze the relationship between archaeology, history, and the « politics of the past » as practiced in colonial situations during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Ultimately, in terms of « reconstructing » the past, the case of French Indochina and the EFEO (French School of Asian Studies, founded in 1900) established an important precedent; in the same manner, Korean colonial archaeology became a model for the archaeology conducted in China during the interwar period, as well as for North and South Korean archaeologies and for post-1945 Japanese archaeological and historical research.


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., panel 1: Archaeological Research in Colonial Korea
Chair : Arnaud NANTA (Maison Franco-Japonaise)
CH’OE Sŏg’yŏng (Director of the Korean National Theatre Museum) : The Archaeological Excavations and Museum Established in Korea by the Japanese Government-General

SAOTOME Masahiro (Tokyo University) : Archaeological Research and Heritage Site Protection in Colonial Korea: Towards which Image of Korea’s Past?

YOSHII Hideo (Kyoto University) : The Position of Kyoto Imperial University’s Archaeological Department vis-à-vis the Archaeological Investigations Conducted by the Government-General of Korea

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., panel 2: Historiography and Archaeology as Colonial Representations
Chair : LI Sŏngshi (Waseda University)
HAKOISHI Hiroshi (Historiographical Institute, Tokyo University) : The Organization and Working Practices of the Society for the Compilation of Korean History

PAI Hyung Il (University of California, Santa Barbara) : Visualizing Imperial Destinations: The Photographic Classification of Ruins and the Tourist Industry in Colonial Korea

FUJIHARA Sadao (Ibaraki University) : Colonial Archaeology in East Asia: A Comparison between Objectives and Practices

Samedi 23 avril 2016 de 10h à 18h
Waseda University, Ōkuma Memorial Tower (building 26) Basement Hall

Affiche du Colloque (pdf)

Yasuko D'Hulst

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Ebisu n° 52 : Patrimonialisation et identités en Asie orientale

Vient de paraître le n° 52 de la revue Ebisu-Etudes Japonaises (Coordonné par Christophe Marquet, Arnaud Nanta et Laurent Nespoulous).

Cette nouvelle livraison d’Ebisu inaugure une formule de numéros thématiques, dont les articles sont le fruit d’un appel à contribution largement diffusé dans la communauté scientifique.

L’idée de solliciter des contributions sur le thème « Patrimonialisation et identités en Asie orientale » s’inscrit dans le prolongement d’un des axes de recherche de l’Institut français de recherche sur le Japon de la Maison franco-japonaise (Umifre 19 MAEDI-CNRS), consacré au patrimoine, à l’archéologie et à l’identité nationale au Japon face à la mondialisation, qui a été lancé en 2013 sous l’impulsion de trois chercheurs : Laurent Nespoulous (Inalco), archéologue et protohistorien, Arnaud Nanta (CNRS), historien des sciences humaines au Japon et Christophe Marquet (Inalco), historien de l’art. Lire la suite

Dans ce numéro, deux articles de Arnaud Nanta :
« L’organisation de l’archéologie antique en Corée coloniale (1902-1940) : du terrain aux musées coloniaux » p. 117-154

« Sakano Tōru 坂野徹, Fīrudo wāku no sengo-shi. Miyamoto Tsuneichi to kyū-gakkai rengō フィールドワークの戦後史―宮本常一と九学会連合 » (L’histoire de l’après-guerre au travers des enquêtes de terrain. Miyamoto Tsuneichi et la Fédération des neuf sociétés savantes) p. 337-341

Ebisu-Etudes Japonaises n° 52
Maison franco-japonaise
ISSN : 1340-3656
3000 yen / 25 euros

Yasuko D'Hulst

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Journée d’étude : New Horizons in Modern Japan History of Technology

Aleksandra Kobiljski, postdoctorante au sein du Needham Research Institute et chercheuse associée au CRJ, organise une journée d’étude intitulée « New Horizons in Modern Japan History of Technology” qui se déroulera le 29 mai 2014 au Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, Royaume-Uni).

Le but de l’atelier est de réunir jeunes chercheurs avec chercheurs confirmés lies par leur intérêts pour l’histoire des techniques du Japon moderne. La discussion se portera sur les travaux récents sur le rôle des techniques dans la transformation du Japon en puissance industrielle pendant le 19e siècle et la première moitié du 20e siècle. Les travaux qui seront examinés soulignent à la fois la perception des technologies et des objets techniques depuis l’ère Meiji jusqu’à la guerre froide, ainsi que les pratiques d’une nouvelle culture technique qui a émergé durant la même période. Notre intention est aussi d’examiner la présence japonaise coloniale et post-coloniale en Asie Orientale par le bais de l’histoire matérielle de la culture technique et par le prisme du savoir-faire technique et industriel.


9.30-10.00 Welcome and tea


Japanese Development Consultancies and Postcolonial Power in Southeast Asia

Aaron Moore (Arizona State University)

From classroom to factory: Becoming an Engineer in late Meiji Japan

Aleksandra Kobiljski (EHESS/Needham Research Institute)

Discussant: TSUKAHARA Togo (University of Kobe)

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30- 16.30

Popularising technology in early Meiji Japan

Ruselle Meade (University of Manchester, UK)

Western science in the East Asian Empire Building of Japan in Colonial Korea (1910-1945)

LEE Jung (Needham Research Institute)

Discussant:  TSUKAHARA Togo (University of Kobe)

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15 – 18.15 Round table: New trends in modern East Asia history of science and technology

With comments: Francesca Bray (University of Edinburg) & Erich Pauer (University of Marburg)

Attendance is free but registration is recommended.  Sandwich lunch will be provided for those who register by Thursday May 22. To register email:

Jeudi 29 mai 2014 de 9h30 à 18h15
Needham Research Institute
Cambridge, Royaume-Uni

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Yasuko D'Hulst

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