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"Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Local Religion in China, 1600-2000"


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Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.



The 2013-14 Gaylord Endowed Lecture in Asian Pacific Area Studies, sponsored by the CC Program in Asian Studies and the History Department, presents Eugenio Menegon, professor of Asian history at Boston University.

Menegon has published extensively on the history of Chinese-Western relations, and is the author of two books,"Un solo Cielo. Giulio Aleni S.J., 1582-1649. Geografia, arte, scienza, religione dall’Europa alla Cina," (One Heaven. Giulio Aleni S.J. (1582-1649). Geography, art, science, religion from Europe to China, Brescia, Grafo Edizioni, 1994); and "Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China" (Harvard Asia Center Publication Programs and Harvard University Press, 2009). Recipient of the 2011 Joseph Levenson Book Prize in Chinese 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.

Menegon has been research fellow in Chinese Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), junior and senior fellow at the BU Humanities Foundation, and An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He has held appointments as visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco, the University “L’Orientale” in Naples, the University of Padua, and the Cini Foundation, Venice. He serves on the Executive Board of BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), co-organizes the research group “Leisure and Social Change across Asia” under the auspices of the BU Humanities Foundation, and is a member of the interdepartmental “Eurasian Court Cultures Workgroup” at Boston University.

His teaching passions are the history of late imperial and modern China, the toolkit of the historian’s craft, and the exploration of intercultural relations in pre-modern times.


"Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Local Religion in China, 1600-2000"
Prof. Eugenio Menegon
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