La prochaine séance du séminaire de François Gipouloux: « Aux origines de la mondialisation et de la ‘grande divergence » aura lieu le lundi 12 juin 2017, de 11:00 à 13:00.
Batiment A, 6e étage, A06_51 , 54 Bd Raspail 75006 Paris.
La séance sera consacrée à la présentation du Dr. Miguel Lourenço:
Methods in the History of Cartography and Portuguese mercantile dynamics in 16th century East- and Southeast Asia
En voici le résumé:
As is well known Portuguese presence beyond the Straits of Melaka in the 16th century remained, largely, an informal and private enterprise in which the Crown played a very residual role. Portuguese merchants associated with Chinese, Japanese and Borneo merchants, securing active roles in trade routes connecting Borneo, the Philippines, China and Japan. Owing to the unofficial nature of this trade (later institutionalized to some extent in the cases of China and Japan), textual documentary evidence is lacking in order to fully recover the extent of these mercantile interests.
The study of Portuguese cartography provides a useful means to complement or even to further our knowledge on the entrepreneurships of Portuguese private merchants. By tracing genealogies of cartographic information recorded on maps (coastal depictions, toponymy) I intend to highlight rhythms of changes in the representation of geography and their relevance for the knowledge of mercantile motivations of Portuguese seafarers in the context of their informal activities.
Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço is a researcher of CHAM – Portuguese Centre of Global History (New University of Lisbon/Azores University), as well as of the Centre of History of Religious Studies (Catholic University of Portugal) and the “Alberto Benveniste” Cathedra of Sephardic Studies (University of Lisbon). He has developed his research on the European construction of cartographic knowledge of Southeast- and East Asia between the 16th and 18th centuries. Further areas of study include the History of the Inquisition in Asia (mainly Goa, Macau and the Philippines).
Directeur de recherche émérite, CNRS
UMR 8173 Chine Corée Japon
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Blog EurasiaTrajeco: http://gdri.hypotheses.org/