Eurasia Crossings #10
The Genesis of the Academic Study of the Far East in Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Willy Vande Walle (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

18 April 2024 | 4.00 PM (GMT) | FLUL | Room B112.B

Eurasia Crossings: Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Encounters between East and West

ユーラシア横断: 東洋と西洋の異文化的出会いのダイナミクス | Asian Studies Lecture Series | Lecture #10

Organising Committee | António Hawthorne Barrento (University of Lisbon), Elisabetta Colla (University of Lisbon), Kang Youn-Ok (Myongji University), Luís Filipe Barreto (University of Lisbon), Pedro Lage Correia (University of Lisbon) & Sato Yoji (Waseda University)

Institutional Support | School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, Centre for History of the University of Lisbon, Eurasian Foundation (from Asia) & Asian Studies League

This event is also part of Luís Filipe Barreto’s cycle of open lectures on the Theory and History of Europe-Asia Relations.

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Willy F. Vande Walle, born in Roeselare, Belgium, is a Belgian academic, author, Japanologist and Sinologist.  He studied Oriental Philology and History at the State University of Ghent and earned his doctoral degree in Oriental Philology in 1976.  Walle is Professor of Japanese Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven or KU Leuven) in Belgium.  He teaches Japanese language and literature, history of Japan, art history of East Asia, as well as history of China and Chinese poetry.  Vande Walle is the Belgian coordinator for projects conducted by the European Association of Japanese Studies.  In 2006, the Japanese government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, which represents the third highest of eight classes associated with this award. The Japanese Ambassador to Belgium presented the award on behalf of the Emperor and government of Japan.