Nicolas Standaert
Professor, Head of Sinology

University of Leuven, Belgium

Speaking: April 11, 2014

Topics: Christianity in China, Cultural exchange between China and Europe (since the 17th century). Recent research focuses on rituality in intercultural contacts (ritual dances, funeral rituals, local communities, spirituality) and on the role of (Chinese) historiography in this exchange

Select Publications:

  • Yang Tingyun, Confucian and Christian in Late Ming China: His Life and Thought, (Brill, 1988).
  • The Fascinating God: A Challenge to Modern Chinese Theology Presented by a Text on the Name of God Written by a 17th Century Chinese Student of Theology, (Inculturation: Working Papers on Living Faith and Cultures XVII) Pontificia Università Gregoriana, 1995).
  • Editor of Handbook of Christianity in China: Volume One (635-1800) (Brill, 2000).
  • Co-editor of Yesuhui Luoma dang'anguan MingQing tianzhujiao wenxian (Chinese Christian Texts from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus), Ricci Institute, 2002) (together with A. Dudink).
  • Methodology in View of Contact Between Cultures: The China Case in the 17th Century, (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002).
  • Co-editor of Forgive Us Our Sins: Confession in Late Ming and Early Qing China, (Sankt Augustin / Nettetal, Steyler Verlag, 2006) (together with Ad Dudink).
  • An Illustrated Life of Christ Presented to the Chinese Emperor: The History of Jincheng shuxiang (1640), (Sankt Augustin Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2007).
  • The Interweaving of Rituals: Funerals in the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe (University of Washington Press, 2008).

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

The Spiritual Exercises in China: Displacement and Encounters in Visual Meditation
Thursday, April 10, 2014,  Loyola Room, Jesuit Hall.        
Inaugural Lecture:  
The Jesuits Shaped by the Chinese: The Case of Matteo Ricci
Friday, April 11, 2014, Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall.

Kristina Kleutghen
Assistant Professor
Washington University in St. Louis

Speaking: September 19, 2014

Professor Kristina Kleutghen is a specialist in Chinese art, particularly of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). She received her Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University in 2010, and her research interests encompass the long Chinese eighteenth century, the imperial court, the global movement of early modern things, and artistic responses to foreign contact and ideas (including science and mathematics) from the West as well as from India and Japan. She also writes on Chinese contemporary art.

Her first book, Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Chinese Palaces (forthcoming January 2015 with Washington University Press), rediscovers the monumental illusionistic paintings produced collaboratively by Chinese and European court painters for the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795) that are now hidden inside the Forbidden City.  

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

Perspective and Perception: Jesuits, Artists, and Illusionistic Painting at the Chinese Court
Friday, September 19, 2014
Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall

Ronnie Hsia
Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History
Pennsylvania State University

Speaking: October 2, 2015

Professor Hsia's research includes the history of the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Renewal, anti-Semitism, and the encounter between Europe and Asia.  His current book project, tentatively titled Translating Christianity: China and the Catholic Missions 1584-1780, is a study of the history of cultural encounter between Counter-Reformation Europe and the Ming and Qing empires.  Professor Hsia teaches courses in early modern Europe and is interested in developing world history and comparative history courses for the early modern period.  He is especially interested in the history of religion and the history of empires.  After working on the history of Central Europe for more than twenty years, during which time he published extensively on the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and the history of anti-semitism, his research has extended to a global perspective.  Thus, the history of explorations, the rise of western Europe, the comparative history of early modern empires, and the history of Christian missions (particularly in China) constitute Professor Hsia's current teaching and research agenda.  With a background in Chinese history and culture, born and educated in Hong Kong, Professor Hsia studied primarily in the UK and the USA, and has extensive research experiences in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Austria, and Italy.

Recent Publications:

Jesuit Silk: The Cultural Practices of Catholic Conversion in early modern Europe and China (in preparation)

A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Chinese translation: Shanghai: Guji chubanshe, 2012. Italian translation: forthcoming from il Mulino, Bologna.

Noble Patronage and Jesuit Missions: Maria Theresia von Fugger-Wellenburg (1690-1762) and Jesuit Missionaries in China and Vietnam. Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2006 (= Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu, nova series vol. 2). Partial German translation forthcoming from Fugger-Archiv, Dillingen.

The World of Catholic Renewal, 1540-1770, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. German translation: Gegenreformation: Die Welt der katholischen Erneuerung , 1540-1770, Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1998. Italian translation: La Controriforma. Il mondo del rinnovamento cattolico (1540-1770). Bologna: Mulino, 2001. Italian 1st edition reprint: Milan: il Giornale, 2006 (Biblioteca Storica, vol. 19). Italian translation of 2005 revised second edition from il Mulino, Bologna, 2009. Spanish translation: El mundo de la renovación católica, 1540-1770, Madrid: Akal, 2010. Chinese translation forthcoming from Yuanliao, Taipei.

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

Confucian Christianity? Matteo Ricci, Michele Ruggieri, and the early Jesuit Mission in China

Friday, October 2, 2015
Pere Marquette Library, DuBourg Hall

Liam Matthew Brockey
Professor, Michigan State University

Speaking: April 15,  2016

Professor Brockey is a historian of Early Modern Europe. His primary area of interest is the history of Southern Europe, with a focus on Portugal, its overseas empire, and Catholicism. More broadly, Liam Brockey’s interests include the history of Spain, France, and Italy; the history of early modern Catholicism; and the development of European empires in the Atlantic and Maritime Asia in the early modern period. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Early Modern HistoryItinerarioArchivum Historicum Societatis IesuMonumenta SericaThe Catholic Historical Review, and the Journal of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His article “Doubting Thomas: The Apostle, The Portuguese Empire, and Christianity in Early Modern Asia” (in Van Liere, Ditchfield, and Louthan, eds., Sacred History (Oxford University Press, 2012)) was awarded the A.H. de Oliveira Marques Prize by the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Professor Brockey’s essays have been published by the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, as well as the Huffington Post and the History News Network.

Professor Brockey’s most recent book is The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2014), a study of the challenges faced by missionaries in Africa, South Asia, and East Asia in the early seventeenth century. His first monograph was titled Journey to the East: The Jesuit Mission to China, 1579-1724 (Harvard University Press, 2007; paperback 2008), a book which was awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association and the First Book Prize by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He also published a collection of essays called Portuguese Colonial Cities in the Early Modern World (Ashgate Publishing, 2009); and a study of the sacrament of confession in Late Imperial China in Forgive Us Our Sins: Confession in Late Ming and Early Qing China (ed. Nicolas Standaert and Ad Dudink; Monumenta Serica, 2007).

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

Back and Forth Across the Ming Empire: A Jesuit Journey in the 1620s

Friday April 15, 2016 
Pere Marquette Library, DuBourg Hall

Eugenio Menegon
Eugenio Menegon
Associate Professor of History, Boston University

Eugenio Menegon is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Boston University, and Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.  He has published extensively on the history of Chinese-Western relations, and is the author of Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China, Harvard Asia Center and Harvard University Press, 2009, which was the recipient of the 2011 Levenson Prize in Chinese Studies (Association for Asian Studies). His current book project is an examination of the daily life and political networking of European residents at the Qing court in Beijing during the 17th-18th centuries.

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

The Habit that Hides the Monk: Fashion Strategies at the Imperial Court in Early Modern China

Monday October 3, 2016  
Pere Marquette Library, DuBourg Hall

Chloë Starr 
Yale Divinity School

Chloë Starr is Associate Professor of Asian Christianity and Theology at Yale University Divinity School. She researches Chinese Christianity, particularly Chinese theology and its literary forms, and the movement known as "Sino-Christian theology." Her latest volume is Chinese Theology: Text and Context (Yale University Press, Nov. 2016); previous volumes include a monograph on late Qing fiction, Red-Light Novels of the Late Qing (2007) and edited volumes Reading Christian Scriptures in China (2008), and The Quest for Gentility in China (2007). She holds honorary research posts in Beijing and Hong Kong.

For the "Matteo Ricci Speakers Series," Saint Louis University:

Chinese Theology with  Jesuit Characteristics: from Xu Guangqi to Xu Zongze

 Thursday, February 23, 2017 

Adorjan Hall 142