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Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh

PhD student

College: St Edmund's
Supervisor: Dániel Margócsy, Simon Schaffer (advisor)
Thesis topic: Mandarins, missionaries, and modernity: Chinese knowledge practices and the construction of the "European Enlightenment"

My research interests include postcolonial histories of cross-cultural encounters, the Jesuit China mission, history of natural history, histories of race, actor-network-theory, and sociology of scientific knowledge.

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Email contact: gg410 [at]

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Galenizing the New World: Joseph-François Lafitau's "Galenization" of Canadian Ginseng, ca 1716-1724," Notes and Records: The Royal Society journal of the history of science, Published online 19th February 2020. 

Selected Talks and Presentations

'Pas si candide, M. Voltaire: Voltaire's weaponisation of the Ezourvedam in the emergence of theories of human genesis, 1760-1799' at the British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference (Online), April 2020.

'Galenising the New World' at the British Society for the History of Science Twitter Conference #BSHSGlobalHist, February 2020.

'Retracing the associations between depictions of astrologers in sixteenth-century printed books' (poster presentation) at Institutions and book market during the Early Modern period: between regulation and promotion, February 2020, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain.

'Writers of the Lost Ark: Catholic Historiographies of Science in the Chinese Rites Controversy, c. 1640-1742' at the European Society for the History of Science 1st Young Scholar Conference on 'Transcultural Knowledge', September 2019, l'Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France.

'Pas si candide, M. Voltaire: an examination of the Ezourvedam's role in shaping theories of human genesis, 1760-1799' at the 14th Forum: Literature and Science History, July 2019, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany.


Jacob Bronowski Prize for Part II History and Philosophy of Science, 2018

Bateman Scholarship, Trinity Hall, 2018

School of Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Studentship