About me

I am Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh, a PhD Candidate in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. My research interests include cultural and intellectual histories of colonial encounters, the Jesuit China mission, history of natural history, history of scholarship, histories of race, science and empire studies, and the sociology of scientific knowledge. By focusing closely on encounters between Jesuit missionaries and Chinese actors, my PhD thesis, Missionaries, Mandarins, Manchus and the Making of the Modern Sciences, endeavours to explore the impact that social interactions between Jesuit missionaries, Chinese literati, and the Manchus had on the emergence of several scientific practices in the early modern period. My project aims to relocate many of the controversies upon which the emergence of these “secular” disciplines depended to intercultural contact-zones in China. I am passionate about decolonising research and pedagogy in the history of science and provincialising European contributions to "science" and "modernity."

From September to November 2021, I was a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow in Department III at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where I investigated how Jesuit missionaries made sense of the historical connections between agriculture and astronomy in late Ming and early Qing China. Read more about my project here. From March to May 2022, I was a Junior Fellow at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Science and the Humanities at Universiteit Utrecht, where I studied early modern Dutch representations of southern Africa and its inhabitants.

Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh in front of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

Research trip to the Archivio de Propaganda Fide in December 2019

Biblioteca Casanatense, December 2019

Printed engraving of the Imperial Astronomical Bureau at Beijing. The print shows a zodiacal sphere, an equinoctial sphere, an azimuthal horizon, a quadrant, a sextant, and a celestial globe.

The Imperial Astronomical Bureau of Beijing, taken from the French Jesuit Louis Le Comte's (1655-1728) Memoirs and observations topographical, physical, mathematical, mechanical, natural, civil, and ecclesiastical (London: 1698).


I can be contacted by email at gg410[at]cam.ac.uk (replace [at] with @)