“Asia Lusitana” aims is to promote an intelligent discussion on the socio-cultural, economic, political, and religious interactions that took place between the peoples of Europe and the peoples of Asia and Eastern Africa within the framework of the Portuguese empire, from the Ethiopian and the Monomotapa empires up to Japan.
Our point of view is primarily historical, but is also related to the other human and social sciences such as linguistics, anthropology and religious studies.
We are eager to interact with scholars from related fields, such as historians working on Ethiopia, East and South Africa, the VOC, the Spanish Philippines, the Mughal Empire, Maritime Asia, Ming-Qing China, Sengoku and Togukawa Japan, just to name a few. While we have a special interest for the early modern period, we are also concerned in a scholarly way with the late modern times and the post-colonial legacy of the Portuguese presence in Asia.
Our group does not pursue or promote any political, religious or caste agenda.
This article analyzes representations of cities in two pictures created around 1600: Theodor de Bry’s engraving of Macao, and the views of Kyoto attributed to Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei. The relationship between fragmented and total forms of repre- sentation is studied in both pictures. The European engraving depicts urban space as a whole, while t…[Read more]
Paolo Aranha deposited REVIEW: Giuseppe Marcocci, “L’invenzione di un impero. Politica e cultura nel mondo portoghese (1450-1600)”, (Rome: Cacucci, 2011) in the group Asia Lusitana on Humanities Commons 4 years ago
Review of a book by Giuseppe Marcocci on politics and culture in the Portuguese Empire in the long 15th century.
Paolo Aranha deposited From Meliapor to Mylapore, 1662-1749: The Portuguese presence in São Tomé between the Quṭb Shāhī conquest and its incorporation in British Madras in the group Asia Lusitana on Humanities Commons 4 years ago
This chapter explores the survival of a Portuguese presence in Mylapore (today a suburb of Chennai, South India) after the loss of its political and military autonomy. Notions of sovereignty and the boundaries between a pre-colonial and a fully colonial dimension are here questioned on the basis of a little known case study.
Paolo Aranha deposited “Les meilleures Causes embarassent les Juges, si elles manquent de bonnes preuves”: Père Norbert’s Militant Historiography on the Malabar Rites Controversy in the group Asia Lusitana on Humanities Commons 4 years ago
Norbert Bar-Le-Duc (1697- 1769), also known as Abbé Jacques Platel, Pierre Parisot, Pierre Curel, traversed identities and continents, making a career out of controversy, becoming knowns as “le fameux Père Norbert”. He worked in South India as a missionary in 1736-1739 and thereafter played a pivotal role in the Malabar Rites controversy. Back…[Read more]
This chapter challenges the idea tha Roberto Nobili was a pioneer of interreligious dialogue and inculturation. On the contrary, it suggests that his interest for our times is rather his theology of religions. A man of the Counter-Reformation, Nobili made propositions as daring as the ones of today’s “Asian theology”.
This article is an archival contribution to the reassessment of the concrete phases of Roberto Nobili’s education. Here I demonstrate that, contrary to what previous historians repeated, Nobili’s involvement with the College Romano was very short. Moreover, I have discovered that, before joining the Society of Jesus, he studied at the Seminario…[Read more]
The Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano, praised for adapting Christianity to the cultures of Japan and China, did not support a similar strategy for India and Africa. He theorized racial hierarchies in which a darker skin was associated with ignorance and vice, whereas the similarity to European physical features implied a higher degree of…[Read more]
Pedro Manuel Sobral Pombo and Srinivas Reddy (both at IIT, Gandhinagar) invite scholars to submit paper proposals for their panel “Practices of defiance: Resisting colonial maritime power”.
The panel is organized within the Third CHAM (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar) International Conference, scheduled in Lisbon on 12-15 July 2017 and…[Read more]