M. Antoni. J. Üçerler, S.J.


Research Scholar and Lecturer (college appointment at Campion Hall) 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Campion Hall



Research Interests:

  • The history of Japanese-Western and Chinese-Western cultural contacts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
  • History of Christianity and Christian missions in Japan and China in the Early Modern period.
  • Early Japanese and Chinese Christian texts and translations.
  • European expansion in Southeast and East Asia.
  • History of printing in Europe and East Asia.
  • Critical editing of primary source documents related to the European presence in Asia.
  • Creation of XML-encoded databases and online resources of primary sources for the comparative history of East Asia.

Current Projects:

  • Monograph entitled, “Reinventing Christianity in Japan. The Jesuit Enterprise, 1549-1620” (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
  • Editor of volume entitled, “Christianity and Cultures: Japan and China in Comparison, 1543-1644” [papers of an international symposium held in Macau, China, 30 November-December 2, 2006] (Forthcoming, Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Rome, Italy).
  • Co-editor of volume entitled, “Alessandro Valignano, S.J. Uomo del Rinascimento. Ponte tra Oriente e Occidente” [papers of an international conference held in Chieti, Italy, 27-28 October 2006] ( Forthcoming, Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Rome, Italy).
  • Critical electronic edition of Alessandro Valignano’s “History of Christianity in Japan” from the original manuscripts (Forthcoming, Scholarly Digital Editions, Birmingham).

Courses Taught:

  • Pre-modern East Asia Survey (with others).

Recent Publications:

  • “The Jesuit Enterprise in Japan”. In The Cambridge Companion to Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • “Missionary Printing” (Essay). In The Oxford Companion to the Book (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Alessandro Valignano: Man, Missionary, and Writer”. In Asian Travel in the Renaissance (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 12-41.
  • “The Jesuit Enterprise in Japan (1573-80)”. In The Mercurian Project: Forming Jesuit Culture, 1573-80) (St Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources/Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2004), 831-75.
  • Chief Editor and Encoder for the online Laures Rare Book Database, Joint Research Project (Sophia University, Japan); Available online at:
  • “Roma Iezusu-kai rekishi kenkyū-jō ni okeru shiryō-hensan katsudō: sono kako,genzai,to mirai ローマイエズス会歴史研究所における史料編纂活動:その過去、現在、と未来” (trans.: “Critical Documentary Editing at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome: Past, Present, and Future”. In Rekishigaku to shiryō kenkyū 歴史学と史料研究 (trans.: Historiography and Research into Historical Sources (Tokyo: Yamakawa Press), pp. 141-57.
  • “Alessandro Valignano and Jesuit Humanist Education in Japan”, in Tōyō no shito, Zabieru II: Ajia sekai ni okeru yōroppa kirisuto-kyō bunka no tenkai 東洋の使徒ザビエル:アジア世界におけるヨロッパキリスト教文化の展開 [trans.: Francis Xavier, An Apostle of the East, II: Christian Culture in Sixteenth-Century Europe: Its Acceptance, Rejection, and Influence with Regard to the Nations of Asia] (Tokyo: Sophia University Press, pp. 52-66 (Japanese); pp. 74-84 (English).
  • “Kinsei shoki Nihon ni okeru kirisuto-kyō shinkō kyōiku: Iezusu-kai korejiyo no ‘kōgi yōkō’ ni motozuite 近世初期日本におけるキリスト教信仰教育:イエズス会コレジヨの「講義要綱」に基づいて” (trans.: “Christian Faith Education in Early Modern Japan: A Study of the ‘Compendia’ for the Jesuit College”). In Journal of Historical Studies 歴史学研究 (Historical Science Society of Japan), 755: 187-93.
  • “Compendia” compiled by Pedro Gómez for the Jesuit College of Japan, ed. by Kirishitan Bunko Library (Obara Satoru, SJ and M. Antoni J. Üçerler, SJ), Sophia University, 3 vols (Tokyo: Ōzorasha).

Photograph of Antoni. J. Üçerler