Representing Japan

The work here grows out of my doctoral research, which was conducted at Hokkaido University and examined the early modern geographical imagination of the ezochi, the amorphuous region to Japan's north which would be colonized in the course of the expansion of the Russian and Japanese states. The Japanese portion of this region that was associated with and inhabited by the Ainu people is today referred to as Hokkaido.

My interest was in analyzing early modern Japanese geographical awareness of this space as a product of both in Japan's own methods and practices of spatial cognition, rather than any putatively modern mode of surveying, and in the emergence of this 'land of the ezo' through information which circulated among the subjects and intellectuals associated with the Qing, Russian, Dutch, French, English, American, and other empires. It was this transborder circulation which enabled the creation and demarcation of an ezo space, whose existance was recognized even as its indigenuous inhabitants were geo-graphed out of existance in the course of this inter-imperial exchange.

Please see the publications below for more details. Monograph perpetually forthcoming.