Jędrzej Greń (Asst. Prof.)


Jędrzej Greń
e-mail: jedrzej.gren@uw.edu.pl

Title: Ph. D.

Research interest:
medieval and early modern history of Japan

Current position:
Assisstant Professor;
International Exchange Coordinator, Chair of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw

Biographical details:
– 2016-present: Research-and-teaching Assisstant, Chair of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw
– 2015: Ph.D. in humanities, specialization: Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw
thesis: Pozycja społeczna elity kupieckiej samorządnych miast handlowych Japonii w drugiej połowie XVI w. w świetle dzienników herbacianych i korespondencji [Social position of the merchant elite of the Japanese self-governing cities in the second half of the 16th c. as reflected in tea diaries and correspondence]
– 2012: M.A. in History, Historical Faculty, University of Warsaw
thesis: Angielska faktoria w Japonii 1613-1623 [The English factory in Japan 1613-1623]
– 2009: M.A. in Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw
thesis: Jōkamachi. Rozwój, struktura i rola miasta przyzamkowego w urbanizacji nowożytnej Japonii 1576-1700 [Jōkamachi. Development, structure and role of a castle-town in urbanization of early modern Japan 1576-1700]

Research experience:
2010-2012 – Postgraduate Research Program (MEXT), Kobe University
2007-2008 – Japan Studies Student Program (MEXT), Kanazawa University



Gren, J. (2014). The English in Japan (1600-1623) [Anglicy w Japonii (1600-1623)], Warsaw: Agade Bis. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2013). Japanese castle-town. Its development, structure and role in urbanization of Japan (1576-1700) [Japońskie miasto przyzamkowe – rozwój, struktura i rola w urbanizacji Japonii (1576–1700)], Warsaw: Agade Bis. [in Polish]


Gren, J. (2017). To unknown friends and countrymen – William Adams’s letter from Japan (1611), in: Pałasz-Rutkowska, E. (Eds.)., Cross-cultural Encounters. Foreigners in Japan (16th – 20th century) [Spotkania międzykulturowe. Cudzoziemcy w Japonii (XVI-XX wiek)], (pp. 135–155). Warsaw: Japonica. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2016). Japanese books on Poland – outline of the topics. The National Library Yearbook (Rocznik Biblioteki Narodowej), XLVII, pp. 125–144. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2016). A journey of four youngsters – Alessandro Valignano and the first Japanese mission to Europe (1582–1590), in: Pałasz-Rutkowska, E. (Eds.)., Cross-cultural encounters. Japanese in the world till 20 cent. [Spotkania międzykulturowe. Japończycy w świecie (do XX wieku)], (pp. 111-129). Warsaw: Japonica. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2015). Japan – remembering war, remembrance of war. Centuries Speak (Mówią wieki), 5, pp. 51-54. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2014). Another country, different people – the image of Chinese civil administration in the relations of the Europeans from 16c. in: Klimiuk, M. (Eds.). Asia and Africa: Otherness – Difference – Diversity [Azja i Afryka: inność – odmienność – różnorodność]. Warsaw: Oriental Faculty, University of Warsaw. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2013). Letters of Japanese merchants (1550-1600), in: Tirala, M., Morita, M. (eds.). Distant Symbols and Close Signs. Japanese Studies in Central Europe 2013 (pp. 81-91). Prague: Nová vlna.

Gren, J. (2013). Letter as a historical source in the cultural, social and lingual contexts of 16th c. Japan. Research problems and perspectives. in: Klimiuk, M. (Eds.). Asia and Africa: religions – cultures – languages [Azja i Afryka: religie, kultury, języki], Warsaw: Oriental Faculty Publications [in Polish].

Gren, J. (2012). Kanazawa as an early modern castle-town – military context, space-planning and legacy of the Maeda rule. In: Kubiak-Ho Chi, B. (Eds.). Japan in Poland [Japonia w Polsce] (pp. 414-430). Warsaw: University of Warsaw Publications. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2011). Opening of Japan – the first Japanese visits to Europe. In: Gorak-Sosnowska, K. & Markowska-Manista, U. (Eds.). Faces of Asia, Africa and Latin America – materials for lectures in global education [Oblicza Azji, Afryki i Ameryki Łacińskiej – materiały do zajęć z edukacji globalnej] (pp. 178-184). Warsaw: Special Pedagogy Publications. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2011). Volcanoes and tourism in Japan. In: ibid. (pp. 31-36) [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2011). A white samurai. Centuries Speak (Mówią wieki), 2, pp. 16-20. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2010). Barbarians and the samurai. Centuries Speak (Mówią wieki), 10, pp. 30-34. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2010). Japan meets the Europeans – from the opening to the world to the seclusion (1543-1640). In: Jurewicz, J. & Gorak-Sosnowska, K. Cultural aspects of development in Asia and Africa [Kulturowe uwarunkowania rozwoju w Azji i Afryce] (pp. 17-33). Lodz: Ibidem Publications. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2010). The Japanese railway miracle. Centuries Speak (Mówią wieki), 3, pp. 24-30. [in Polish]


Gren, J. (2010, Oct.). History of Japan. [Review of the book History of Japan (Historia Japonii), by C. Totman]. Historical Review (Przegląd historyczny), 3, p. 529. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (2010, Sept.). The Land of Cherry Blossom. [Review of the book History of Japan (Historia Japonii), by C. Totman]. Centuries Speak (Mówią wieki), 9, p. 58. [in Polish]


Gren, J. (Apr. 2012). Letter as a historical source in the cultural, social and lingual contexts of 16th century Japan. Research problems and perspectives. Asia and Africa: cultures, religions, languages, University of Warsaw, Poland. [in Polish]

Gren, J. (Jun. 2012). 「16世紀の商人の手紙 – その内容と史料としての価値」 (Letters of Japanese merchants in the 16th century and their value as historical sources), 「中欧日本語教育・日本研究シンポジウム」Symposium on Education of Japanese and Japanese Studies in Central Europe, Charles University in Prague, Czech Rep. [in Japanese]

Gren, J. (Oct. 2010).   Europeans and the city of Sakai in the 16th c. Research inspirations, questions and aims. The Third Workshop on the Encounters of Young Scholars on Asian Studies, Kōbe University, Japan.

Gren, J. (May 2009). Japanese castle-towns – early modern urbanization and its heritage today. The Contemporary Oriental City from a Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Perspective,      Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.