"Bridging Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies: Spanish, Japanese, and Nahua Narratives about the Keichō Embassy (1613-20)” with Kim Beauchesne // Early Modern Research Cluster
“Bridging Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies: Spanish, Japanese, and Nahua Narratives about the Keichō Embassy (1613-20)” with Kim Beauchesne // Early Modern Research Cluster
9 March, 2:00-4:00
Buchanan Tower, 1197
It is not unusual in academia today to observe a gap between transatlantic and transpacific studies. The aim of my paper is precisely to contribute to filling this gap by analyzing narratives told from different perspectives about the Keichō Embassy—a diplomatic mission headed by the Japanese samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga that sailed from Sendai in 1613 and reached Rome in 1615 by way of Mexico before returning to Japan in 1620. These texts, by Spanish, Nahua, and Japanese authors, not only share many points in common but also reveal an intercontinental network of discursive connections. In this context, Serge Gruzinski's notion of "planetary synchrony," as developed in The Eagle and the Dragon (2014) and other works, will be particularly pertinent in highlighting such connections and reflecting on the roots of the contemporary global era.
About the Presenter
Kim Beauchesne is Associate Professor in the Departmnt of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at UBC. She specializes in colonial Latin American literature and postcolonial theory.