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“Mapping Meaning: Jesuit Cartographic Visions of ‘All Under Heaven’”


Date: 09/17/2010

Time: 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: 1210 Heller Hall

Cost: Free


Please join the Center for Early Modern History for a lecture by Florence Hsia of the University of Wisconsin-Madison entitled, "Mapping Meaning: Jesuit Cartographic Visions of 'All Under Heaven.'"

Maps of late imperial China produced by Jesuit missionaries to the Middle Kingdom have been most extensively studied from a genealogical perspective concerned with assessing cross-cultural influence at the level of cartographic techniques, conventions, and knowledge. More recent scholarly analysis of this material has turned to the function of Jesuit cartography within early modern state-building enterprises in both East and West. This presentation starts with a question that largely goes unasked in the literature: what might these cartographic activities have meant for the Jesuits themselves? Close examination of the principal maps produced for European readers by Jesuits involved in the Society's work in China reveals a diversity of agendas advanced in a variety of cartographic forms, from the minutely engraved map that appeared on the elaborate titlepage to De christiana expeditione apud Sinas (1615) to the massive folio sheets that comprised over 40 separate maps and several hundred pages of associated geographical material in Jean-Baptiste Du Halde's renowned Description de la Chine (1735).

You may bring your own lunch or join in the light repast provided by the Center. If you have any additional questions, contact cemh@umn.edu or visit the Center for Early Modern History in Heller Hall, room 1030.


  • Name: Midori Green
  • E-mail: cemh@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, James Ford Bell Library, Theorizing Early Modern Studies (TEMS), Art History, History, Religious Studies, Immigration History Research Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Global Studies, European Studies Consortium, Office of Research and Graduate Programs, American Indian Studies, Early Modern History

More information: http://www.cemh.umn.edu/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact cemh@umn.edu.

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