Theme: Nagasaki's role in regional interactions [16th-17th centuries]

Scholars and historians have focused their attention on the role played by Nagasaki as the central entrepôt of European activities in the general context of Japanese foreign relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. These approaches highlighted the city’s connections to Portuguese Macao, Spanish Manila, and later Dutch Batavia, mostly according to a rather limited and bidirectional perspective intended to stress European colonial interests in Asia. More recent studies have enlarged the scope of research on the issue, presenting a larger framework of political, economic and cultural contacts involving South China Sea and Southeast Asia, referring to the relations of Japan with both Asian and European powers and agents.

For its 2017 issue, the BPJS welcomes paper proposals about a wide range of subjects regarding those relations, including political tensions and dynamics, economic and cultural exchanges, city-port and trade affairs, religious and ideological interactions, and transfer of knowledge.

Proposals of no more than 500 words in English should be sent together with a short biography (max. 200 words) to before February 10, 2017. All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance of their proposal by March 13, 2017. If accepted, the final manuscript, up to 10,000 words (recommended), must be submitted for appraisal before July 14, 2017. The accepted proposals will be then submitted to double blind peer-review.

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