2024 / 04 / 22 (Mon.)


International Seminar: 1876 Constantinople Conference and the Dawn of Modern Japanese Diplomacy

International Seminar
1876 Constantinople Conference and the Dawn of Modern Japanese Diplomacy

Date and Time: April 22, 2024 14:00-16:30
Venue: ENEOS Hall, Building No. 3, 1F, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
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RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Starategies (ROLES) of the University of Tokyo  presents an international seminar in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University. This is a part of a series on “Architecture and Diplomacy” (coordinated by Miyuki Aoki Girardelli), proposing a new approach to diplomatic history through architecture, art and protocol.

The seminar series explores the process of Japan’s integration into the diplomatic environments in Istanbul, from the perspectives of material culture and visual representations. This seminar marks the third of the series, following a first seminar, “Historiography of Japanese Diplomacy in Istanbul” (8 December 2023, University of Tokyo) and a second one, “Origins and Development of Japanese Presence in Istanbul” (16 February 2024, Istanbul Technical University).  The seminars, symposiums and exhibitions are organized in both Japan and Türkiye, in the framework of the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.


Introductory Remarks:
"Middle East Policy and the Eastern Question in the Dawn of Japan’s Modern Diplomacy"
Prof. Satoshi Ikeuchi (Founding Chair of ROLES at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo)

Kennote Speech: "1876, an Ottoman Annus Horribilis"
Prof.Dr. Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University)

"A Missing Day: The Eve of Constantinople Conference through the Japanese Diplomat Watanabe Hiromoto's Diary"
Assist.Prof.Dr. Miyuki Aoki Girardelli (Coordinator, Istanbul Technical University)

“Hiromoto Watanabe: the Founder of the Imperial University as a factor of Japan’s Constitution”
Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro Takii (Nichibunken, Center for Japanese Studies)

Discussion and Concluding Remarks: Miyuki Aoki Girardelli