The Iberian East Indies. Frontiers, Actors, Dynamics

22 janvier 2021 par Administrateur
Online workshop | Saturday, February 6th 2021

The historiography of imperial Spain and of the Iberian-initiated first globalization has recently been renewed by the study of exchanges between Asia and America and of the Spanish Pacific. The purpose of this one-day seminar is to further this historiographical renewal and to shed some new light on the Iberian East Indies, at a time when Spain and Portugal were the two main European powers in the region. The “East Indies” here are meant to designate the territories held by the Spanish and the Portuguese – Indias Orientales and Estado da Índia – but also those onto which the Iberians projected their presence: territories of mission, trade or conquest. The focus will be put on exchanges, dynamics of cooperation and rivalry between empires – in line with recent studies on inter-imperial collaboration during the Iberian Union – and also between various key actors: missionaries, merchants, soldiers and officials. The aim is thus to improve our understanding of the multiple connections between the Asian territories of both empires.


Eliette Soulier (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle / CRES-LECEMO)
Hélène Vu Thanh (Université de Bretagne-Sud-IUF / TEMOS UMR 9016 CNRS)


Session 1: Defining the Iberian East Indies

 9h30-10h00: Hélène Vu Thanh and Eliette Soulier: Introduction

10h00-10h40: Dejanirah Couto (EPHE): Mental and physical frontiers: considerations on extraterritoriality in Portuguese Asia

10h40-10h50: break

10h50-11h30: Clotilde Jacquelard (Sorbonne université/CHAC): Lin Feng, pirate chinois, ennemi de l’Espagne et rebelle à la Grande Chine

11h30-12h10: Kevin Carreira Soares (Universidade de Lisboa/ICS): Moving frontiers: The Iberian Union, Rome and the notions of border in Southeast Asia

12h10-12h30: general discussion

 12h30-14h00: Lunch

Session 2: Encounters and Connections in the Iberian East Indies

 14h00-14h40: Paola Calanca (EFEO): Rencontres en mer de Chine (milieu 16e– milieu 17e siècles)

14h40-15h20: Joan-Pau Rubiés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Ethnography and Cultural Hybridity in Colonial Manila: The Boxer Codex

15h20-15h30: break

15h30-16h10: Jonathan López-Vera (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Philip II

16h10-16h50: Marina Torres Trimállez (Universidad de Cantabria): Nuevas voces, viejas controversias: encuentros olvidados en la misión cristiana china a finales del siglo XVII

16h50-17h15: conclusions and final discussion