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 History
  • Late Imperial China (Ming-Qing History)
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of the Map and Mapping Technologies
  • Manchu Studies
  • Early Modern Europe
Courses Regularly Taught
  • World History Through Maps (General Education)
  • Worldviews and Maps in History (Undergraduate Required 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), for which he received the 2017 Prize for Young Scholars from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. 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
Awards & Honors

Academic Prizes

  • 2019-2020 Outstanding Academic Staff 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
  • 2010 Belgian Foundation for Vocations Research Grant
Selected Publications


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

Articles in internationally reviewed scientific journals:

  • 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.
  • 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).