October 2017: International Symposium on China and Macau Occurs in Lisbon

A three-day symposium, “Sailing Routes, Sea Straits, and Global Oceans,” begins on October 9 at the Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau (the Macau Scientific and Cultural Center) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event is organized by the Centro and the Macau Foundation, under the leadership of Luís Filipe Barreto, Roderich T. Ptak, and Wu Zhiliang. It has the additional support of the Jorge Álvares Foundation and Casino Estroil.


Included in the symposium’s program is a panel on Jesuit missionaries and their voyages to China. Noël Golvers (Faculteit Letteren/Katholieke Universite Leuven) serves as the panel’s chair. The presenters are:

  • Anttonella Romano (EHESS-Centre Alexandre Koyré), on “Representing the global space: some reflections about maritime and terrestrial routes in the 16th century missionary sources”
  • Eugenio Menegon (Boston University) on “Sailing to China: The Maritime Journey of Catholic Missionaries”
  • Ugo Baldini (Università di Pádua) on “The Jesuit projects for routes to the Asian missions alternative to the Carreira da India”


More information on the international symposium can be found online, and the program is also available.


More information about the presentation made by Menegon–an Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies–can be found at Boston University’s website.

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