Plotting Maps, Making History: Sino-European Cartographic Exchange & the Global Integration of Space

Thursday, April 10, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fromm Hall 125 - Maraschi Room
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Lee, May
Center for Pacific Rim

A talk by Dr. Laura Hostetler, Professor, History Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderated by Fr. M. Antoni J. Üçerler, S.J., Associate Professor, USF Center for the Pacific Rim

Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 5:00 PM | USF Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room
This illustrated talk explores the mapping of the Qing Empire of China as an important collaborative effort in the history of science. During the course of the early modern period mapmaking changed radically. The Age of Discovery prompted Europeans to chart the globe, representing their own localities in relation to the larger world. Chinese views of their place in the world also began to shift profoundly during the early modern period. Beginning with Matteo Ricci’s World Map in Chinese (c. 1600), planispheric geometry based on measurements of latitude and longitude led Chinese scholars to see and sometimes represent their place in the world in new ways. In this talk, Laura Hostetler demonstrates that just as European maps of China relied on indigenous Chinese knowledge, Chinese maps of the empire drew on technologies and practitioners introduced from the West.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401 or by email

Third and fourth lectures in a series on Faith and Reason: the Jesuit Legacy in East-West Scientific Exchange funded in part by the USF Jesuit Foundation. Co-sponsored by the USF St. Ignatius Institute.

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