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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-Jesuit hybrid knowledges and co-construction of “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

"Rethinking the Rites Controversy: Kilian Stumpf's Acta Pekinensia and the Historical Dimensions of a Religious Quarrel," Modern Intellectual History, Published online 9th November 2020. (Open Access).

"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. 


I'm supervising HPS Part II Paper 1: "Early Modern Natural Knowledge" (Michaelmas 2020) and "Early Medicine," "Early Chinese Medicine," "Visual and Material Culture," and "Early Modern and Enlightenment Medicine and Natural History" (2020-21).

Selected Talks and Presentations

'Monuments, astronomy, or hermeneutics? China and the invention of Enlightenment history, ca 1650-1760' at the Early Modern Working Group, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Online), 14th October 2020.

'Monuments, astronomy, or hermeneutics? China and the invention of Enlightenment world history' at the History of Science Society Virtual Forum 2020 (Online), October 2020.

'Archaeology, Astronomy, or Hermeneutics? The Jesuit China mission and different ways of knowing the deep past in Europe' at the 9th European Society for the History of Science Conference: Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science (Online), August-September 2020.

'Monuments, hermeneutics, or astronomy? The Jesuit China mission and the invention of "philosophical history"' at the BSHS Global Digital History of Science Festival (Online: click here to watch), July 2020.

'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.

Other Professional Affiliations

Visiting Predoctoral Fellowship, 'Agriculture and the Making of the Sciences (1100-1700)' Project, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, Michaelmas 2021.

Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society, elected November 2020.


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