AboutBébio Amaro is a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo, specializing in the architectural, urban and territorial history of East Asian port towns during the 16th and 17th centuries. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering in Tianjin University, and also serves as Assistant Director of the International Research Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage Conservation (IRC/CCHC) at the same university.
His current research focus is to apply methodologies from the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Environmental Sciences, Archaeology and Archaeogeography to digitally reconstruct pre-modern landscapes, and analyze the urbanization process of port cities such as Tianjin over very long time spans (100-400 years). Furthermore, he is an avid proponent of building bridges between the worlds of Humanities and Natural Sciences, as it is impossible to properly understand urban development, urban morphology and built heritage without taking into account the cultural viewpoints of various social groups at different time periods. To this end, he encourages students to broaden their horizons, and consider emotional, ritual/religious, artistic/symbolic and environmental perspectives when studying the urban and non-urban landscape.
His perspectives on building and landscape morphology are informed by the work of theorists such as Bruno Latour, Tim Ingold and Gérard Chouquer, arguing that landscapes are generated by long and complex processes that involve both humans and non-humans (ex: diseases, animals, natural disasters, geomorphological processes, etc.). It is these complex, self-organized and non-linear processes that over long periods of time gradually give birth to elements of heritage and memory.
Education2016/03: Doctoral Degree (Engineering) | University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, Japan
2012/09: Master Degree (Engineering) | University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering, Japan
2007/11: Licenciate Degree (Architecture) | University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture, Portugal
2020 (expected): Bébio Vieira Amaro. “Chapter 13: Natural Disasters and World History—The Case Study of Lisbon’s Great Earthquake of 1755” in Masashi Haneda & Takurou Furusawa (eds.). MINERVA Writings in World History
. Vol. 9. Tokyo: Minerva Publishing.
2019 (expected): Bébio Vieira Amaro, Federico Scaroni. “Namban Religious Architecture. A Forgotten Heritage” in Teresa Ciapparoni La Rocca (ed.). Il grande viaggio: la missione giapponese del 1613 in Europa
. SGI/ISMEO, Serie Orientale Roma, n.s., Roma: Scienze e Lettere.
2014: Bebio Vieira Amaro. “Nagasaki as Emporium: History and Social Composition in its Initial Years”, in Mukherjee, Rila (ed.). Vanguards of Globalization: Port-Cities from the Classical to the Modern.
Delhi: Primus Books, 253-279.
SELECTED ACADEMIC PAPERS
2016: Bébio Vieira Amaro. “Research Concerning the Establishment of the Port City of Nagasaki”. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Japan
. (67) 2016/09, 1-25.
ベビオ=ヴィエイラ=アマロ「港市長崎の成立に関する研究」『建築史学』第67号、2016年3月、1-25頁。 Open Access (DOI) link: https://doi.org/10.24574/jsahj.67.0_2
2014: Bébio Vieira Amaro. “The Urban History of Yokoseura’s Port Town: Focusing on its Christian Settlement and Church”. Journal of Urban and Territorial History
. (1) 2014/11, 22-41.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS (TRANSLATIONS OF TEXTS BY OTHER AUTHORS)
2017: Takeshi Ito, Federico Scaroni & Noriko Matsuda (eds.) Along the Water: Urban natural crises between Italy and Japan
(危機と都市), Tokyo, Sayusha Publishing, 2017. Note:
translation of three book chapters by Prof. Takeshi Ito from Japanese into English: “Preface” (5-9), “Crisis and City” (17-25) and “Conclusion. A Theory of Cities in Crisis: Towards a Discourse on Territorial History, Historical Time and Cultural Structures” (209-213). Open Access link
2016: Mark Erdmann. Azuchi Castle: Architectural Innovation and Political Legitimacy in Sixteenth-Century Japan
, Doctoral Dissertation, Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture, 2016. Note:
my main contribution was the translation from Portuguese into English of various historical documents published by the Society of Jesus. These translations are featured in the following chapters: Appendix A, Appendix C-1, and Appendix C-2 (see pages 476-559 of the dissertation). Open Access (DOI) link: https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/33493525
2014/04~2016/03: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, awarded by the Japanese Government to the research project “The Development of Nagasaki’s Port City and the Evolution of its Christian Structures”. Chief Researcher:
Bébio Vieira Amaro Total Research Budget:
1,900,000 Japanese Yen (115,168.92 Chinese Yuan) Research Grant Code Number:
14J10845 Research Project Webpage link: https://kaken.nii.ac.jp/en/grant/KAKENHI-PROJECT-14J10845/
Memberships2016~present: Christian Culture Research Society of Japan (キリシタン文化研究会) | Member
2015~present: Sub-committee Workgroup for Urban History, Architectural Institute of Japan | Committee Member
2015~present: Architectural Institute of Japan (日本建築学会) | Member
2015~present: Society of Architectural Historians of Japan (建築史学会) | Member
2013~present: Society of Architectural Historians of the USA (SAH) | Member
2013~present: Society of Urban and Territorial History, Japan (都市史学会) | Member