Mapping Medieval Japan (USC Shinso Ito CJRC, USC Libraries, USC PPJS)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 110C
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Mapping Medieval Japan

Day 1: East Asian Seminar Room (110C), DML

Day 2: Ahmanson Lab, 3rd Floor, Leavey Library

Maps have long been a crucial element in historical studies: they not only help us to determine locations but also to analyze connections and conflict among people, and to understand how people interacted in physical space that often influenced, even dictated, their interactions.  Maps enable us to understand the changing layouts of cities over time, the ways in which people cooperated or fought over resource use, or patterns of trade and transport on both land and sea. Recent advances in mapmaking—3-dimensional mapping and the use of GIS data, for example—have helped us to locate and to visualize some of these processes and interactions. In this two-day seminar on maps and mapmaking, participants will pay special attention to the use of maps in pre-modern Japanese history, and will have the opportunity to learn to make their own maps using computer-based mapmaking tools.


  • “Mapping Maritime Networks: Geospatial Analysis of Trade Goods in the Medieval Inland Sea” -- Michelle Damian, Monmouth College
  • “The Sacred (and Economic) Geography of Medieval Kii” -- Philip Garrett, Newcastle University
  • “The ABCs of Medieval Kyoto’s Urban Plan: Axes, Boundaries, and Cosmograms” -- Matthew Stavros, Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
  • “Map Your Data with Japanese Historical Gazetteer: Dataset and Tools” -- Gotō Makoto & Kameda Akihiro, National Museum of Japanese History
  • “Introduction to Mapping Tools” -- Andrzej Rutkowski & Kate Vavra-Musser, USC Libraries



Co-sponsored by the USC Libraries and the USC Project for Premodern Japan Studies

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Conference/Symposia


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


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