Maps as Language

Mapping is a form of language. As a language for political geography, the idea of Siam's territory was created by modern cartography. Its formation in the late 19th century, however, involved tensions and conflicts with the pre-modern political geography.

In his lecture, Professor Thongchai Winichakul will draw some comparisons with cartography in Japan.


Professor Thongchai Winichakul is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Japan, and emeritus professor of history, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught from 1991-2016. Thongchai is an intellectual historian, interested in the intellectual foundation of modern Siam, as the process of the various encounters between the indigenous and the modern forms of knowledge in the mid-19th to early 20th century.


Date: October 10
Time: 3~5pm
Venue: 4th Floor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies (A07), Kawauchi Campus, Tohoku University (MAP)
Language: English
This is an open lecture. Registration is not necessary.

Event information in Japanese


Masachika Shiotani
Center for Northeast Asian Studies
Tohoku University

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