Conference Papers


“Foreign Agents at the Qing Court and Franco-British Maritime Rivalry: The French Mission to China in 1787” in Workshop  “Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas,” organized by  the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge (UK), Berkeley (CA), May 14, 2018.

“Revisiting the Four Churches: Urban and Suburban Life and Networks of European Missionaries and Christian Converts in Qing Beijing” in “From Rome to Beijing: Sacred Spaces in Dialogue. A symposium on the history of art, science, and religion in Jesuit China,” Columbia University, New York, May 4, 2018.

“The Tragic Jesuit Embassy of the Kangxi Emperor to Pope Clement XI”, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies Colloquium, “Calamity from Within?  Jesuits, Papal Legates, and Chinese Imperial Envoys in the Eighteenth Century,” presented in collaboration with The Boston College Libraries, Boston College, Boston, April 12, 2018.

“Sailing to China: The Maritime Journey of Catholic Missionaries,” Symposium “China / Macau: Rotas, Estreitos Marítimos e Oceanos Globais – China / Macau: Sailing Routes, Sea Straits, Global Oceans,” Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, Lisbon, October 9-11, 2017.

“The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies at the Imperial Court in Early Modern China,” International Workshop “Going Native or Remaining Foreign? Catholic Missionaries as Local Agents in Asia (17th to 18th Centuries),” jointly organized by Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, École Française de Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Abteilung für Neuere Geschichte des Historischen Instituts der Universität Bern; Rome, May 30 –June 1, 2017.

“Court Missionaries as Imperial Informants in Early Modern China and Europe”, in panel Information, Texts, and Intermediaries in the Making of Global Knowledge about Late Imperial China, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada,  March 18, 2017.

“Amicitia Palatina: The Europeans’ Networking at the Qing Court in the Long 18th Century.” Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, December 7, 2015.

“Whose Empire Were They Serving? The Political and Diplomatic Role of European Missionaries at the Qing Court in the Eighteenth Century.” Workshop “Early Modern China in the Late Imperial World,” Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, October 15-16, 2015.

Nissuno fu inteso come Dio volesse: Interpreting, Translating, and the Multilingual Environment of the China Mission in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” International Symposium “China/Macau: Translation and Interpretation – Past and Present,” Lisbon, Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau (CCCM), Lisbon,  October 12-14, 2015.

 “Interlopers at the Fringes of Empire: The East Asia Procurators of the Propaganda Fide Papal Congregation in Canton and Macao, and their Maritime Network (1700-1850),” Conference “Binding Maritime China: Control, Evasion, and Interloping” (16th-20th century),  co-sponsored by Boston University, Brandeis University, and Northeastern University, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, Boston, May 29-30, 2015.

“China, Italy, and Milan: Global Connections in the Early Modern Era,” International Conference Milan, the Ambrosiana Library and Knowledge of New Worlds, 1600-1800, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Dies Academicus 2014, Milan (Italy), November 26-28, 2014.

“Christians as ‘Evil’ in Late Imperial China: Qing State Control, Foreign Presence, and Native Agency during the Yongzheng Reign” Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and BU Center for the Study of Asia workshop on “Evil in Chinese Religion”, Harvard University, November 17, 2014.

“From Europe to Beijing: long-distance travel in the eighteenth-century China mission,” International Symposium China/Macau: Travels, Pilgrimages, Tourism, Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau (CCCM), Lisbon,  October 13-15, 2014.

Sotto questa coperta, facciamo il fatto nostro: Court Missionaries and the Politics of Luxury Consumption during the Qianlong Reign,” Leuven University and Boston University workshop “The Materiality of Chinese-Western Relations in the Ming-Qing periods: Methodological Approaches, Empirical Cases,” Leuven (Belgium), May 26-27, 2014.

“Who was using whom? Europeans, Leisurely Pursuits, and the Politics of Gift-Giving in Qing Beijing.”  Paper presented at the conference “Leisure and Social Change across Asia,” Cluster of Excellence Europe and Asia in Global Context, University of Heidelberg (Germany), January 10-11, 2014.

 “Robbe d’Europa: global connections and the mailing of letters, money, and merchandise in eighteenth-century China.” Paper presented at the conference “China/Macau e globalizações: passado e presente,” Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, Lisbon (Portugal), October 14-16, 2013.

“Europeans, Western Commodities, and the Politics of Gift-Giving in Qing Beijing.” Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, March 22, 2013. Panel on “Luxury Commodities and Imperial Politics in the High Qing Era (1660-1795).”

“Daily Life and Courtly Networks: Europeans in Eighteenth-Century Beijing.” Paper presented at The New England China Seminar, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, October 24, 2012.

“Culture di corte a confronto: legati pontifici e burocrazia Qing nella Pechino del Settecento [Court cultures in comparison: papal legates and Qing bureaucracy in 18th-century Beijing].” Paper presented at the Conference “La politica internazionale del papato nella prima età moderna. Spazi e uomini [The international policy of the papacy in the early modern era: spaces and individuals],” University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome (Italy), June 11-13, 2012.

“Qing Court Culture through European EyesKangxi’s Imperial Hunts and the Jesuits as Courtiers.” Paper presented at the Modern China Seminar, Weatherhead East Asian Studies Institute, Columbia University, New York, March 10, 2011.

“Underground Christians in Late Imperial China: Qing State Control, Foreign Presence, and Native Agency, 1724-1840.” Paper presented at the 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, January 9, 2011. Panel “Christianity under Asian and African Dominance in the Early Modern Period.”

Amicitia Palatina: Portuguese Jesuits, Manchu aristocrats, and the politics of gift-giving at the Kangxi court.” Paper presented at the BU-Heidelberg Workshop “Leisure and the State in Eurasia,” Boston University, November 5-6, 2010.

“Courtiers and Careers: Jesuits, papal envoys, and Qing imperial officials in eighteenth century Beijing.” Paper presented at the International Symposium “Intercultural Encounters Europe-China, Sixteenth- Eighteenth Centuries,” Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau, Lisbon, Portugal October 11-13, 2010.

“I cibi dall’oriente ai tempi di Giorgione: le strategie e le alleanze della Serenissima” (Food from the East at the time of Giorgione: the strategies and alliances of the Republic of Venice). Paper presented at the International Conference “Cibo, cucina e tavola nel Rinascimento italiano, con un omaggio a Giorgione” (Food, cuisine, and conviviality in the Italian Renaissance: Homage to Giorgione), University of Padua, Departments of Visual Arts and Music, and Program in Gastronomy, Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso), Italy, March 12-132010.

Memento Mori: Prepararsi alla morte in Cina ed in Europa, 1500-1700” (Memento Mori: Preparing for Death in China and Europe, 1500-1700). Paper presented at the International Conference “Scienza, ragione e fede: il genio di padre Matteo Ricci S.J.” (Science, reason and faith: the genius of Matteo Ricci S.J.) Macerata (Italy), March 4-6, 2010.