The Alfred E. Golz Memorial Lecture

Alfred E. Golz Lecture Fund was established by Ronald A. Golz '56 in 1970 in memory of his father. This fund is used to support a lecture by an eminent historian or humanitarian to be scheduled close to the November 21 birthday of Alfred E. Golz.

The 2017-2018 Golz Lecture, Entering Asia, will be given by Professor Kären Wigen.


Entering Asia
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 PM
Location: Kresge Auditorium, VAC

Kären Wigen is the Frances & Charles Field Professor of History at Stanford University.  The co-author, with Martin Lewis, of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (1997), her most recent books are, as author, A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (2010), and, as co-editor, Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps (2016).

Entering Asia

The idea of Asia as a continent was introduced to the Chinese and their neighbors by the Jesuits in the 1600s. But how did East Asians see themselves in early modern times? Drawing on Chinese and Korean manuscript maps as well as colorful Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th to 19th centuries, this visually rich lecture surveys how East Asian mapmakers crafted their own imaginative syntheses of Confucian cartography, Buddhist cosmology, and European geographical categories.


Past Alfred E. Golz Memorial Lecturers