Prof Mario CAMS

Prof Mario CAMS

Assistant Professor
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Consultation Hours
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Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Maxima cum laude), University of Leuven, 2015
  • M.A. (Magna cum laude), University of Leuven, 2010
  • B.A. (Cum laude), University of Leuven, 2009

Long-term Academic Stays

  • Harvard University, 2013
  • China Southwest University, 2006-2007
Research Interests
  • Global/Eurasian History
  • Late Imperial China (Ming-Qing History)
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of the Map and Mapping Technologies
  • Qing-Manchu Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
Courses Regularly Taught
  • World History Through Maps (General Education)
  • Worldviews and Maps 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)

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 2017 Prize for Young Scholars from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and the 2019 Imago Mundi Prize. He is also the co-founder of, a digital humanities platform that aims to provide a research and teaching tool for the exploration and the study of Qing-era maps. Mario’s research interests are wide-ranging, although his publications have mostly centered on early modern global connections, late imperial China, and the history of the map and mapping technology.

Professional Affiliations
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Centro Studi Martino Martini
  • International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine
  • International Society for the History of the Map
  • KU Leuven SinAlumni
  • Renaissance Society of America
Awards & Honors

Academic Prizes

  • 2019-2020 Outstanding Academic Staff Incentive Award (University of Macau)
  • 2019 Imago Mundi Prize (International Journal for the History of Cartography)
  • 2017-2018 FSS Emerging Scholar Award (University of Macau)
  • 2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars (International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology)

Selected Grants and Scholarships

  • 2019 Macau Higher Education Bureau Subsidy Scheme for the Humanities and Social Sciences: QingMaps 2.0
  • 2017 UM Multi-Year Research Grant: Qing Imperial Cartography 
  • 2016 UM Startup Research Grant: Companions in Geography
  • 2011 Research Foundation Flanders Ph.D. Scholarship
Selected Publications


  • Companions in Geography: East-West Collaboration in the Mapping of Qing China (c.1685-1735). Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017.

Journal Articles:

  • Displacing China: The Martini-Blaeu Novus Atlas Sinensis and the Late Renaissance Shift in Representations of East Asia. Renaissance Quarterly 73:3 (2020). In Press.
  • 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.

Book chapters:

  • 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.

 Edited volumes:

  • 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).

Book reviews:

  • 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): 371-5.

Popular publications and online contributions:

  • Online Exhibit: Mapping Asia for Museum Volkenkunde [in Dutch and English]
  • At the Borders of Qing Imperial Cartography, In: China Connections: The Newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies 84 (2019).
  • The Malcolm Young Lecture 2019: The Martini-Blaeu Novus Atlas Sinensis, In: IMCOS Journal 158 (2019).
  • Three times Nurhaci, In: Debtelin 2 (2018), 126-131.
  • De Kangxi-kaart, In: Debtelin 1 (2016). [in Dutch]
  • De barsten in onze bubbel, In: De Standaard (2015). [in Dutch]
  • Kangxi-Verbiest hemelglobe, In: Uit het Erasmushuis 4 (2014), 132-5. [in Dutch]
  • Het ongelukkige geschenk van Angela Merkel aan Xi Jinping, In: Knack Online (2014) [in Dutch]
  • Who were the Manchu Mapmakers?, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2014).
  • De kaart van Merkel, In: KU Leuven blogt (2014) [in Dutch]
  • Ancient maps that cause a stir in modern politics: d’Anville’s map of China, In: The Brussels Map Circle Newsletter 50 (2014).
  • The Journey of a Manchu Map, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2013).
  • Manchu as a Tool Language for European Missionaries, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2013).