Assistant Professor

Mario Cams 康言

Contact information
Office: E21-2024
Tel: +853 8822 4258
Email: mariocams
Platform: (pre-Alpha)

Academic Qualifications

1. Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Sinology, KU Leuven University, 2015
M.A., Sinology, KU Leuven University, 2010
B.A., Sinology, KU Leuven University, 2009

2. Long-term Academic Stays
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 2013
China Southwest University, 2006-2007

Honors and Awards

2017-2018 FSS Emerging Scholar Award (University of Macau)
2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars (International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology)
2011 Laureate of the Flemish Government FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) Ph.D. Scholarship Scheme
2010 Laureate of the Belgian Foundation for Vocations

Research Areas

Cultural Contacts and Interaction in Eurasia (16th-19th Centuries)
The History of the Map and Mapping Technology
Ming-Qing History and Manchu Studies

Current Research

17th Century Exchanges in Maps and Geographies between Western Europe and East Asia
18th Century Qing Imperial Cartography
Maps of Macao


1. Books

Companions in Geography: East-West Collaboration in the Mapping of Qing China (c.1685-1735). Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017.

2. Articles in internationally reviewed scientific journals

Blurring the Boundaries: Integrating Techniques of Land Surveying on the Qing's Mongolian Frontier. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018), 25-46.

Displacing Jesuit Science in the 18th Century. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018), 15-23. Co-authored with Wu Huiyi & Alexander Statman.

Converging Interests and Scientific Circulation between Paris and Beijing (1685-1735): The Path Towards a New Qing Cartographic Practice. Revue d'histoire des sciences 70:1 (2017), 47-78.

Not Just a Jesuit Atlas of China: Qing Imperial Cartography and Its European Connections. Imago Mundi 69:2 (2017), 188-201.

Guest Editor’s Introduction: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate. Contemporary Chinese Thought 47:1 (2016), 1-4.

Restituting Church Buildings and Negotiating Church Factions: Missionary Mapmakers and the Making of Local Networks (1712-1716). Frontiers of History in China 4:9 (2014), 489-505.

The discovery of Chinese Rites Controversy documents in a branch of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 35 (2013), 48-56.

The China Maps of Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville: Origins and Supporting Networks. Imago Mundi 66:1 (2013), 51-69.

'Companions in Geography': The Sino-European Effort to Measure China, c.1685-1735. Imago Mundi, 66:1 (2013), 143-144.

The Early Qing Geographical Surveys (1708-1716) as a Case of Collaboration between the Jesuits and the Kangxi Court. Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal 34 (2012), 1-20.

3. Book chapters

The Jesuit Missions to the Far East and Exchanges in Cartographic Knowledge between Europe and East Asia (17th-18th Centuries). In: Le monde en sphères, Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France (in Press for 2019).

The printed life of the 'Huangyu quanlan tu' 皇輿全覽圖. In: Saraiva, Luís & Catherine Jami (eds.). History of Mathematical Sciences - Portugal and East Asia: Visual and Textual Representations in Exchanges Between Europe and East Asia 16th-18th Centuries, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2018, 245-266.

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville and the 'Nouvel atlas de la Chine'. In: O'Malley J., Ribeiro R. (eds.), Jesuit Mapmaking in China: D'Anville's "Nouvelle [sic] Atlas de la Chine" (1737), (Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts Series 11), Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2014, 37-50.

The Early Qing Geographical Surveys (1708-1718) as seen through the 'Folded Memorials with Vermillion Endorsement of the Kangxi Reign'. In: Globalization and Glocalization in China, Leiden: Shilin, 2012, 203-250.

4. Edited volumes

Mapping Asia: Cartographic Encounters Between East and West. Heidelberg/Amsterdam/
New York: Springer (2018). With Martijn Storms, Ferjan Ormeling, & Imre Demhardt.

East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 46 (2018). With Wu Huiyi & Alexander Statman.

Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate. Contemporary Chinese Thought 47:1 (2016).

5. Popular publications and online contributions

Three times Nurhaci, In: Debtelin 2 (2018), 126-131.

De Kangxi-kaart, In: Debtelin 1 (2016). [in Dutch]

De barsten in onze bubbel, In: De Standaard (2015). [in Dutch]

Kangxi-Verbiest hemelglobe, In: Uit het Erasmushuis 4 (2014), 132-5. [in Dutch]

Het ongelukkige geschenk van Angela Merkel aan Xi Jinping, In: Knack Online (2014) [in Dutch]

Who were the Manchu Mapmakers?, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2014).

De kaart van Merkel, In: KU Leuven blogt (2014) [in Dutch]

Ancient maps that cause a stir in modern politics: d’Anville’s map of China, In: The Brussels Map Circle Newsletter 50 (2014).

The Journey of a Manchu Map, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2013).

Manchu as a Tool Language for European Missionaries, In: Manchu Studies Group Online (2013).

Teaching Responsibilities

World History Through Maps (General Education)
Advanced Historical Theory and Practice (Graduate Compulsory)
Western Civilizations II: 1500-2000 (Undergraduate Compulsory)
History of Modern East Asia: 1800-2000 (Undergraduate Compulsory)
Senior History Writing Seminar I (Undergraduate Compulsory)
Senior History Writing Seminar II (Undergraduate Compulsory)

Professional Affiliations

Member of Centro Studi Martino Martini
Member of KU Leuven SinAlumni
Member of the Association for Asian Studies
Member of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine
Member of the International Society for the History of the Map