China and Europe in the Early Modern Period: Summer News from Professor Menegon

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June 11th, 2013

University of Bern – Bern, SwitzerlandUniversity of Bern – Bern, Switzerland

At the invitation of Professor Christian Windler, Director of the Section on Early Modern History at the Historical Institute of the University of Bern (Switzerland), Professor Eugenio Menegon presented to doctoral students and faculty his recent research on the daily life and political networking of the Europeans in late imperial Beijing. He also held a discussion session with Professor Windler’s doctoral candidate Nadine Amsler,  who is completing her dissertation on gender relations in the 17th century Chinese Catholic mission.

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From Bern, Professor Menegon continued his European tour on to Rome. During June and July 2013 Professor Menegon is conducting research in archival repositories in Rome and the Vatican, and participating to scholarly events at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and at the École Française de Rome.

In conjunction with his current research project, Professor Menegon also just published an Italian-language essay, presented at the conference “The international policy of the Papacy in the early modern era” (University “La Sapienza,” June 2012):  “Culture di corte a confronto: legati pontifici nella Pechino del Settecento,” in Maria Antonietta Visceglia ed., La politica internazionale del papato nella prima età moderna. Roma: Viella Editore, 2013.

An English version was published late last year in Lisbon:  “A Clash of Court Cultures: Papal Envoys in Early Eighteenth Century Beijing.”  In Luís Filipe Barreto, ed., Europe-China. Intercultural Encounters (16th – 18th Centuries), Lisbon: Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, 2012.