In this first session, the seminar will focus on the sources of early-modern history of Vietnam with different expectations a) to gather an inventory of the useful sources for environmental history of Vietnam and South East Asia; b) to enlighten how imperial archives contain lot of untapped environmental information c) to demonstrate that environmental concerns do not appear only in the late 20th century of western countries but are clearly presents in the region during this period. We expect that this first session will show that environmental history of Vietnam can be rooted not only on colonial and post-colonial studies but also in modern and classical history of Vietnam.
In the first part of this session, Pr. Hoàng Anh Tuấn will introduce the primary sources and will present some objects and issues that researchers have to address to build and develop an environmental history of classical Vietnam. Pr. Hoàng Anh Tuấn’s presentation will underline the importance to diversify primary sources and to mobilize methods from various disciplines, particularly by linking economic and trade history to the environmental changes since the 17th century in Vietnam.
From the monographies of Vietnamese provinces, encyclopaedia and various imperial archives, Pr. Emmanuel Poisson will explain in the second part of this session the perceptions and understanding of different environments by the Vietnamese scholars, especially by an analysis of the vocabulary used to describe different spaces like ác (unhealthy); thiện (healthy); độc (toxic), thập tử nhất sinh (deathly place). Stem from this qualification, Emmanuel Poisson will address the question of resource inventory and development (mise en valeur), notably through a philological approach of the Lê Quý Đôn’s work.
PLEASE NOTE that Hanoi and Paris will be linked by Visio conference and that a Renater session will be open to allow people who are not in Hanoi nor Paris to follow the seminar from the place they will be. For technical reasons, we need to assess how many external isolated connections we will have. Be kind to inform us by email return if you expect to use this sort of connection and you will receive access information for the connection one week before the event.
Venue in Hanoi and Paris
University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), 336 Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân
Building C, 5th Floor, room 503
Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE), 54 boulevard Raspail (7e étage) Room: A07-51