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Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2021-Nov 2021)

Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where he is writing a dissertation on the Jesuit China mission’s impact on the early modern European sciences. Gianamar’s current research project deals with Europeans’ understandings of Chinese agriculture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is exploring the connections between the Jesuits’ astronomical studies of the Chinese calendar and their natural historical writings. At the MPIWG he is also a member of the “Agriculture and the Making of the Sciences (1100–1700)” working group in Department III. Gianamar has published his research on Jesuits’ engagements with non-European scientific traditions, spanning from colonial Canada to Qing China, in Notes and Records and Modern Intellectual History. Beyond his interest in Chinese-European knowledge exchange, he is fascinated by the history of science in southern Africa and will undertake a project in Spring 2022 exploring the effects of early modern capitalism in shaping different cartographic representations of the Cape Colony in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities in Utrecht.

Projects

Of Soils and Stars: Jesuit Perceptions of Chinese Agricultural Practices through Calendrical Construction

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