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Edward Boyle Last modified date:2021.06.28

Assistant Professor / Faculty of Law
Department of Political Science
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Outline Activities
I research the borders of individual states and the intellectual and practical history of territory on which such borders are drawn. My work intersects with political science, geography, history, and scholarship on international relations. I began my work as a historian of the Middle East, while my doctoral research concentrated upon the incorporation of Japan’s north into the space of the state during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, looking at the history of the cartography of the region as well as the concepts of territory that underpinned them. More recently, I have been looking at the comparative history of early modern imperial mapping, as well as contemporary practices of bordering and the multiscale nature of borders under globalization. This latter topic incorporates specific projects on Japan, Georgia and Northeast India. I teach politics, from a global and comparative perspective, as well as global history and border studies, to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Research Interests
  • Globalization, simplified sovereignty and Japan’s ‘Inherent territory’
    keyword : Borders; territory; globalization; Japan; East Asia
Current and Past Project
  • ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grant
Academic Activities
1. Edward Boyle, Charting Cartographic Exchange, Barry L. Ruderman Conference on Cartography, 2017.10, In the early-1800s, the question of the Japanese island of Karafuto, the northern island in its amorphous and ill-defined Ezo region, was a vital one for Japanese policymakers. Dispute raged on whether or not it was connected to the continent, and what exactly its relation to the mysterious island of ‘Saghalin’ showing up on European and Chinese maps was. A succession of geographers, astronomers and polemicists produced analyses in support of these positions, engaging in a cross-cultural exercise of comparative mapping in order to discern the truth with regards to Sakhalin’s geography. This presentation will allow for a variety of materials utilized in this moment of dialogue between different cartographic traditions to be recovered and for an examination of how this comparative mapping occurred..
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Political Science Association
  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • British Association for Japanese Studies
  • Association for Borderlands Studies
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Borderlands Studies Japan Chapter
  • Japan Cartographers Association
Educational Activities
Political Writing and Literacy "Introduction to Global Politics"
Academic Writing and Speaking Seminar
CSPA Border Studies in Asia (MA)
Professional and Outreach Activities
Association for Borderlands Studies Japan Chapter(境界研究学会日本チャプター)の役員・幹事

Advisory Board Member, Commission for Political Geography, International Geographical Union (;


American Association of Geographers; Association for Asian Studies; Association for Borderlands Studies; International Political Science Association; European Association for Japanese Studies; ICA Commission on the History of Cartography