Professor Mochizuki will discuss her current work, the state of the field, and practical aspects of on-site research before we open up the session to a larger discussion. What can the trail of objects across the high seas—the material detritus of exploration—tell us about how early modern Europe came to terms with the concept of world? And how does this “discovery” continue to complicate prevailing modes of analysis in early modern studies? On her return from two years of sabbatical research in the field (museums, libraries, archives), Mia Mochizuki, a scholar of Netherlandish art history, will share the challenges (and excitement) of working betwixt and between the cultures of the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, and Japan for her current book-length project on the Jesuits and the earliest European art in Japan.
Professor Mochizuki will present for 30 minutes, followed by an open conversation in which we will discuss the state of the field, promising future directions for research, the pros and cons of interdisciplinary research, and methodological issues.
Lunch will be served.