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Edward Boyle is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies. He holds a BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an MA from the Faculty of Law at Hokkaido University, where he is also in the process of completing his doctorate. Currently, he is charged with the task of establishing Japan’s first interdisciplinary Center for Border Studies at Kyushu University.

His work crosses several disciplinary boundaries of its own. Starting as an historian of the Middle East, his doctoral research concentrates 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, he has been looking at the comparative history of early modern imperial mapping, contemporary practices of bordering and the multiscale nature of borders under globalization. He is also looking into a comparison of territorial disputes across the globe, and is in the process of establishing a network of centers conducting research on borders in Asia. His work intersects with political science, geography, history, and scholarship on international relations.

  • “Imperial Practice and making modern Japan’s territory: Towards a reconsideration of Empire’s boundaries” Geographical Review of Japan (Series B), 2016
  • Translation of 岩下明裕著, 『北方領土・竹島・尖閣、これが解決策』, 朝日新聞出版, 2013年7月 as Iwashita, Akihiro, Japan’s Border Issues: pitfalls and prospects, Abingdon: Routledge (2016)
  • “State Borders in Asia”. Chapter 3.5 in: Sevastianov, Sergei V., Jussi P. Laine and Anton Kireev (eds.): Introduction to Border Studies (Vladivostok: Dalnauka, 2015), pp. 226-244



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