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 postcolonial, material, cultural, social, 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, provisionally titled Mandarins, Missionaries, and Modernity: Chinese-Jesuit Hybrid Knowledges and the Co-Construction of "Enlightenment", endeavours to open up the black-boxes of a number of newly “secularised” disciplines and practices that emerged in Europe during the long eighteenth century. 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."

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 @)