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Mario joined the department in 2016, after having obtained his Ph.D. in Sinology from KU Leuven (Belgium). 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 provides a research and teaching tool for the exploration and the study of multi-lingual Qing court atlases. His research interests are wide-ranging, with most published work centered on the intersection of early modern global connections, late imperial China, and the history of the map and mapping technologies.
Global History of Knowledge
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. [read here]
The Confusions of Space: Reading Ming China’s Comprehensive Geographies. Monumenta Serica 69:2 (2021). In Press.
Reimagining Qing Space: Yongzheng’s Eurasian Atlas (1727–29). Late Imperial China 42:1 (2021), 93–129. [read here]
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. [read here]
Displacing Jesuit Science in Qing China. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018), 15–23. Co-authored with Wu Huiyi & Alexander Statman. [read here]
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. [read here]
Not Just a Jesuit Atlas of China: Qing Imperial Cartography and Its European Connections. Imago Mundi 69:2 (2017), 188–201. [read here]
Guest Editor’s Introduction: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate. Contemporary Chinese Thought 47:1 (2016), 1–4. [read here]
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. [read here]
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. [read here]
‘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.