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Global History Workshop

Global History Workshop: “Globalization from East Asian Perspectives”

​​​Organized by the Institute for Academic Initiatives (IAI), Osaka University and University of Oxford Center for Global History

Supported by Osaka University and the Leverhulme Trust, UK


Date: Tuesday, 15th – Thursday, 17th March 2016

 Venue: Nakanoshima-Center, Osaka University, Japan



(Closed Workshop:  invited scholars only)


Contact: Department of World History, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Shigeru Akita:



15th March (Tuesday):


9:00-10:00  Opening Plenary Lecture

    Chair: Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Japan)


James Belich (University of Oxford, UK)  

“Globalization and Divergence”

 Full Paper



Early-Globalization in Eastern Eurasia and Maritime Asia: Networks, States, Commerce and Religions

10:00-13:00 Session I: the First Millennium CE

  Chair: Kazushi Iwao (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

  Aims of the Panel:  Dai Matsui (Osaka University, Japan)


  • Bryan K. Miller (University of Oxford, UK)

“Reflections of Globalizations: Localized Consumptions of Chinese Material Culture across Eurasia in the early First Millennium CE”

Full Paper



  • Shigeo Saito (Konan University, Japan)

Turkic Nomadic Peoples and the Agro-pastoral Transitional Zone in Northern China during the Seventh and Ninth Centuries"



  • Masaharu Arakawa (Osaka University, Japan)

“Revisiting Silk Road Trade Activities in Eastern Eurasia: Considering Tang China’s View of the World”



  • Mie Nakata (Kansai University, Japan)

“A Sogdian from the Sea : Maritime Transport in the 8th century as Seen from The Pilgrimage Record of Vajrabodhi”



  • Shinji Yamauchi (Kobe Women’s University, Japan)

“Rethinking  the 9th Century as a Notable Epoch of East Eurasian History”



Comments: Yutaka Yoshida (Kyoto University, Japan) and Toshio Hayashi (Soka University, Japan)


13:00-14:30   Lunch



14:30-17:30 Session II: Early Second Millennium and the Mongol Empire

  Chair:  Yoshiyuki Funada (Kyushu University, Japan)

  Aims of the Panel:   Dai Matsui (Osaka University, Japan)


  • Dai Matsui (Osaka University, Japan)

“Network under the Mongol Empire as Seen in the Turco-Mongolian Documents Discovered from Central Asia”



  • Masaki Mukai (Doshisha University, Japan)

“West-Asian Network in Yuan China as Seen in the Local Gazetteers and Islamic Epitaphs from the Southeast Coast of China



  • Tsubasa Nakamura (Osaka University, Japan)

“Japan's Admiration for "China" and East Asian Networks in the Mongol Period”



  • Rila Mukherjee (Institute de Chandernagor, India)

“Configuring Faith, Locating Monarchs, Connecting Worlds: The Strange History of Prester John across the Indian Ocean”

Full Paper


  • Shiro Momoki (Osaka University, Japan)

“Revisiting the Fourteenth Century Crisis of Đại Việt against the Background of the Yuan-Ming Transition in the Eastern Eurasia”



18:30-20:30   Welcome Reception at Legha Royal Hotel

                        La Ronde (ラ・ロンド)



16th March (Wednesday):  Early-Modern Globalization and East Asia


9:00-12:00 Session III: Big Games and Small Games in Early-Modern East Asia

    Chair and Aims of the Panel:  Shiro Momoki (Osaka University, Japan)


  •  Federico Marcon (Princeton University, USA)

“Nature Knowledge in Early Modern Europe and Japan: Toward a Global History of Convergent Developments”

Full Paper


  •  Sun Laichen (State University of California, Fullerton, USA)

“The Century of Warfare in Eastern Eurasia, c. 1550-1683”

Full Paper


  •  Barend Noordam (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

“The Global and the Local of a Technologically Entangled Process of Military Innovation: The Curious Parallels between sixteenth-century Dutch and Chinese Army Reforms”

Full Paper


  •  Kiyohiko Sugiyama (University of Tokyo, Japan)

 “The Qing Empire as a Central Eurasian State: From the Manchu Khanate to the Early-modern Eurasian Empire”



Comment:  Daisuke Furuya (Osaka University, Japan)


12:00-13:30   Lunch


13:30-16:30 Session IV: Daily Lives and the Making of Early-Modern Empires

    Chair:  Chiaki Yamamoto (Osaka University, Japan)

    Aims of the Panel:  Kojiro Taguchi (Osaka University, Japan)


  • Jurre J.A. Knoest (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

“A Tale of One City: Moderating Networks and Managing Globalization in Nagasaki c.1600-1800”



  • Takeshi Yamazaki (IRH, Kyoto University, Japan)

“Relaxation and restoration: Ming China's management for the turmoil in the southern littoral during the late sixteenth century”



  • Kwangmin Kim (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)

“Muslim Clients and Capitalism in Qing Central Asia, 1759-1864”



  • Tsuyoshi Katayama (Osaka University, Japan)

“Land system and Rural Society in Late Imperial South China: A Comparison with Japan and so on”



  • Shinya Ueda (Osaka University, Japan)

“Acceptance of Confucianism and Transfiguration of Family Structure in areas around China: An Example of Early Modern Vietnamese Society”



17:00-19:00 Session V: Junior Scholars Session

     Chairs: Wolfgang Schwentker and Hiroo Nakajima (Osaka University, Japan)


  • Elijah J. Greenstein (Princeton University, USA)

“Dalian and Japan's Shipping Empire, 1918-1937”

Full Paper


  • Kazuo Kobayashi (London School of Economics, UK)

"Guinée cloth and consumers in the lower Senegal River: connections between West Africa, India and Europe in the early nineteenth century"

Full Paper


  • Yoshihiro Taga (Osaka University, Japan)

”Circulation of small denomination currency in early modern Vietnam: Comparison with early modern Korea and Japan”


  • Atsushi Goto (Osaka University of Tourism, Japan)

“Surveying in the Japanese Waters and the Tokugawa Diplomacy in the Early 19th Century”




17th March (Thursday): Modern and Contemporary Globalization from East Asian Perspectives


9:00-12:00 Session VI: Reconsidering the Nineteenth Century: The Reassessment of “Agricultural Development” in South and Southeast Asia in the Nineteenth Century from the Perspective of Global History

       Chair:  Ryuto Shimada (University of Tokyo, Japan)

       Aims of the Panel:  Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Japan)


  • Tsukasa Mizushima (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

 “Agricultural Development and Social Transformation in the Long Nineteenth Century – An Analysis of Settlement

Registers from South India-”



  •  Atsushi Ota (Hiroshima University, Japan)

“The Development of Cash-crop Production in Colonial Minahasa: Non-Plantation Cultivation of Coffee and Copra”



  •  Toshiyuki Miyata (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

“Delta Development and Rice Export in Siam in the Late 19th and the Early 20th Century: The Case of Chaophraya River”



  •  Yukimura Sakon (Niigata University, Japan)

“The economic development of Russian Far East villages in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries”



  •  Jan-Georg Deutsch (University of Oxford, UK)

“Globalization in the Long Nineteenth Century: African Perspectives”



12:00-13:30   Lunch



13:30-16:30 Session VII: Historical Origins of the “East Asian Economic Resurgence”

     Chair:  Gerold Krozewski (Osaka University, Japan)

     Aims of the Panel:  Shigeru Akita (Osaka University, Japan)



  • Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

“Flows of Ideas and the Imaginations of a Transnational Asia: China, Japan and Nanyang in 1908 and Beyond”

Full Paper


  • Tomoko Akami (Australian National University, Australia)

"The meaning of the imperial polities in globalization: A case of making regional and global health norms in East Asia, the 1920s and 1930s"



  • Toru Kubo (Shinshu University, Japan)

The Compound Development of the East Asian Cotton Industry in the Context of Global History, 1940s-1960s

Full Paper


  •  Mark Metzler (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

“High-Speed Growth as Global-Historical Process”

Full Paper


17:00-18:00   Concluding Discussions


19:00-21:00   Farewell dinner at Japanese restaurant



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