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Saturday University: Maritime Power in Medieval Japan

Sat Nov 18 2017

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Dip into a variety of waterscapes, past and present, as our speakers explore a complex of meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues. How did water imagery in early China form a basis for philosophy? From Chinese landscape painting to climate change in low-lying Bangladesh, join us for a cruise through ideas about water.

October & December: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)
November: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM)

The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan
Peter Shapinsky, Associate Professor of East Asian History, University of Illinois, Springfield
SAM

In East Asia in the sixteenth century, sea-lanes linking Japan to the rest of the world lay mainly under the control of seafarers who were labeled pirates in both East Asia and Europe. How did the imagery used to depict pirates relate to how they represented themselves? Shapinsky will discuss how the seafarers of medieval Japan sought to legitimize and expand their dominion over the sea-lanes, especially in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan's most important maritime trade artery.

About the Presenter

Peter Shapinsky is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Springfield, where he teaches East Asian history with a focus on maritime exchange, including pirates. His major interests include cartography, knowledge networks, and conceptualizations of space in 15th- and 16th-century East Asia; and early modern global networks of exchange and cross-cultural interaction. His course offerings include “From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History.” His book Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan was published in 2014.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
PIGT

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
PIGT

OCT 14

The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China
PIGT

OCT 21

Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India
PIGT

OCT 28

Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast
PIGT

NOV 4

Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape
SAM

NOV 11

History Flows from the Mekong Mud
SAM

NOV 18

The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan
SAM

DEC 2

River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh
PIGT

DEC 9

Hokusai’s Waterscapes
PIGT

Full series tickets: $80; SAM members $40
Individual lecture tickets are now available online in advance. They are still at the door the day of the lecture: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

206.442.8480 gardnercenter@seattleartmuseum.org

Image: Seto Inland Sea, Japan, Photo: Bernard Gagnon, Wikimedia Commons.