Mario obtained his Ph.D. from KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2015, after having completed a project that focused on exchanges in cartographic knowledge between Europe and Asia at the turn of the 18th century. He is the author of Companions in Geography: East-West Collaboration in the Mapping of Qing China (c.1685–1735) (Leiden: Brill, 2017) and laureate of the 2019 Imago Mundi Prize and the 2017 Prize for Young Scholars from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Mario co-founded QingMaps.org, a digital humanities platform that aims to provide a research and teaching tool for the exploration and the study of Qing-era maps. His research interests are wide-ranging, although most published work has centered on the intersection of early modern global connections, late imperial China, and the history of the map and mapping technologies.
Ph.D. (Maxima cum laude), KU Leuven, 2015
M.A. (Magna cum laude), KU Leuven, 2010
B.A. (Cum laude), KU Leuven, 2009
Harvard University, 2013
China Southwest University, 2006–2007
History of Science and Technology
History of the Map and Mapping Technologies
Late Imperial China (Ming-Qing History)
Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
Courses Regularly Taught
World History Through Maps (General Education)
Worldviews and Mapping in History (Undergraduate Elective)
Advanced Historical Theory and Practice (Graduate Compulsory)
Advanced Writing Seminar (Graduate Compulsory)
Western Civilizations II: 1500–2000 (Undergraduate Compulsory)
History of Modern East Asia: 1800–2000 (Undergraduate Compulsory)
Companions in Geography: East-West Collaboration in the Mapping of Qing China (c.1685–1735). Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017.
Reimagining Qing Space: Yongzheng’s Eurasian Atlas (1727–8). Late Imperial China 42:1 (2021). In Press.
Displacing China: The Martini-Blaeu Novus Atlas Sinensis and the Late Renaissance Shift in Representations of East Asia. Renaissance Quarterly 73:3 (2020), 953–990. [read here]
De Novus Atlas Sinensis (1655) van Martini en Blaeu en zijn Chinese bronnen. Caert Thresoor 38:4 (2019), 3–17 [in Dutch].
Blurring the Boundaries: Integrating Techniques of Land Surveying on the Qing’s Mongolian Frontier. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018), 25–46.
Displacing Jesuit Science in Qing China. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018), 15-23. Co-authored with Wu Huiyi & Alexander Statman.
Converging Interests and Scientific Circulation between Paris and Beijing (1685–1735): The Path Towards a New Qing Cartographic Practice. Revue d’histoire des sciences 70:1 (2017), 47–78.
Not Just a Jesuit Atlas of China: Qing Imperial Cartography and Its European Connections. Imago Mundi 69:2 (2017), 188–201.
Guest Editor’s Introduction: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate. Contemporary Chinese Thought 47:1 (2016), 1–4.
Restituting Church Buildings and Negotiating Church Factions: Missionary Mapmakers and the Making of Local Networks (1712–1716). Frontiers of History in China 4:9 (2014), 489–505.
The discovery of Chinese Rites Controversy documents in a branch of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 35 (2013), 48–56.
The China Maps of Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville: Origins and Supporting Networks. Imago Mundi 66:1 (2013), 51-69.
‘Companions in Geography’: The Sino-European Effort to Measure China, c.1685–1735. Imago Mundi, 66:1 (2013), 143–144.
The Early Qing Geographical Surveys (1708–1716) as a Case of Collaboration between the Jesuits and the Kangxi Court. Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 34 (2012), 1–20.
Les missions jésuites en Extrême-Orient et les échanges de connaissances cartographiques (XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles). In: Le monde en sphères, Paris: BnF Éditions, 2019, 160–166 [in French].
The printed life of the ‘Huangyu quanlan tu’ 皇輿全覽圖. In: Saraiva, Luís & Catherine Jami (eds.). History of Mathematical Sciences – Portugal and East Asia: Visual and Textual Representations in Exchanges Between Europe and East Asia 16th–18th Centuries, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2018, 245–266.
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville and the ‘Nouvel atlas de la Chine’. In: O’Malley J., Ribeiro R. (eds.), Jesuit Mapmaking in China: D’Anville’s “Nouvelle [sic] Atlas de la Chine” (1737), (Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts Series 11), Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2014, 37–50.
The Early Qing Geographical Surveys (1708–1718) as seen through the ‘Folded Memorials with Vermillion Endorsement of the Kangxi Reign’. In: Globalization and Glocalization in China, Leiden: Shilin, 2012, 203–250.
Mapping Asia: Cartographic Encounters Between East and West. Heidelberg/Amsterdam/New York: Springer (2019). With Martijn Storms, Ferjan Ormeling, & Imre Demhardt.
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018). With Wu Huiyi & Alexander Statman.
Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate. Contemporary Chinese Thought 47:1 (2016).
Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled: A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Christian and His Conflicted Worlds (Dominic Sachsenmaier). Ming Studies 79 (2019), 80–82.
Rooted in Hope: China—Religion—Christianity/In der Hoffnung verwurzelt (Barbara Hoster, Dirk Kuhlmann, and Zbigniew Wesolowski, eds.). China Review International 23:4 (2018): 371–375.