Transpacific Lecture Series

Our interdisciplinary forum on the history of trans-Pacific relations

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Transpacific Lecture Series

The lecture series is an international and interdisciplinary forum for our wider research group and for scholars engaged in the history of trans-Pacific relations or parts of it. We aim to provide a platform for discussions on related topics in their widest interpretation, focusing on cross-cultural and trans-regional interactions, from early modern Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian or Spanish American history, maritime archaeology, historical geography, the history of science (e.g. medicine, botany, geography, navigation and rutters, shipbuilding, etc.) to environmental and climate history, diffusion of ideas, cultures, and migration.

To register for the events, please send us an e-mail.

Uluwehi Hopkins

Moananuiākea: Pacific Explorations Revisited

June 21, 2024, 19:00 CET, via MS Teams

(Image courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society —

Jennifer L. Gaynor

Sea nomads or nautical societies? Correcting colonial myths and the illusions of state-centered historiography

April 26, 2024, 14:00 CET, via MS Teams

(Image courtesy of Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 3088 G 34)

Coll Thrush

Wrecked: Navigating Colonialism in the Graveyard of the Pacific

March 29, 2024, 18:00 CET, via MS Teams

Michael T. Carson

Archaeology in a Sea of Islands: Ancient Landscapes and Seascapes of Pacific Oceania

January 26, 2024, 09.00 CET, via MS Teams

View recording here

Matilde Carbajo Usano

Ailment and Remedy: colonising healways in the Mariana Islands

September 29, 2023, 14:00 CET, online via Teams

Soh Jeanhyoung

Drift and Rumor: Unraveling the Tale of a Murdered Ryukyu Prince in Early Modern Korea and the Hidden Facts Behind the Rumor

June 29, 2023, 14:00 CET, in person (KU Leuven Erasmushuis, LETT. 5.15) and via Zoom

Ana Carolina Hosne

Configurations of Spanish and Portuguese America in Jesuit Cartographic Works in the Late Ming Period (17th Century)

March 24, 2023: 15:00 CET, in person (KU Leuven Erasmushuis, LET 5.15) and via Zoom

Nicholas Sy and Grace Concepcion

The Continuity of Pre-colonial Trade Networks into the Late Seventeenth-Century Philippines

February 23, 2023, 10:00 CET via Zoom

Abraham Villavicencio García

The Journeys of Porcelain and other Treasures from China, Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries

November 24, 2022: 15:00 (CET), via Zoom

Alejandra Irigoin

Not All that Glitters is Silver: The History of the Silver Item that Entered China before it was “Opened”

October 28, 2022, 14:15 CEST in room 5.15 in the Erasmushuis KU Leuven, and online via Zoom

Paola Calanca

The Maritime Environment around Taiwan: Perception and Reality

May 31, 2022. 15:00 (CEST), via Zoom

Pierre-Yves Manguin

Skippers and Entrepreneurs: The Shipmasters of Pre-modern Insular Southeast Asia

March 30, 2022. 15:00 (MET/CET), via Zoom

Antonio Sánchez de Mora

Food to Cross the Oceans. The Magellan-Elcano Expedition

September 23, 2021: 17:00 (MET/CEST), via Zoom

Cheng-Heng Lu

Refugee, Diamond, Commander, Ethics, Empire: Spanish Drift Ship in 1753

June 28, 2021: 12:00 (MET/CEST), via Zoom

Elke Papelitzky

Making a Map for the Emperor: Shi Shipiao and the Ban on Trade with Southeast Asia

May 26, 2021: 14:00 (MET/CEST), via Zoom