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The Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau and the Centre for Sino-European Studies at Shanghai University are collaborating to host a virtual workshop entitled “China-Europe Relations in Late Imperial Times.”


The event takes place on December 19, 2020 — Beijing time, 20:30-22:00; Lisbon time, 12:30-14:00; and Boston time, 7:30-9:00.


The workshop features presentations by five scholars and another five discussants from the two host institutions.


The presenters are

  • João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, “The Jesuits, the Cape Route and the new Silk Roads”
  • Dong Shaoxin, Fudan University, “Jesuits and the Southern Ming”
  • Li Qiang, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, “The ‘Matteo Ricci Method’ and Intercultural Dialogue: The Understanding and Practice of Western Missionaries in Modern China”
  • Eugenio Menegon, Boston University, “Invisible City: Europeans and their Networks in Late Imperial Beijing”
  • Xu Jinhua, Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei of Shanghai Library, “A Glimpse of Early Western Language Collection of the Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei of Shanghai Library”


More details on the virtual workshop appear at the CCCM website:

The organizing committee of “Hopkins and His Environments,” a virtual conference to be held in June 2021, has released a call for papers on the environments in which Gerard Manley Hopkins worked: “natural, textual, aesthetic, political, theological, Jesuitical, and social.”


The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2021.


The full call for the 2021 international Hopkins conference appears below


“Hopkins and His Environments”
A virtual international conference, 24‒26 June 2021

From the Cliffs of Moher to the Valley of the Elwy, from leafy countrysides to city centres “smeared: with everyday life, Gerard Manley Hopkins was acutely attuned to environmental conditions. The 2021 international Hopkins conference, to be held virtually 24 to 26 June 2021, will consider the many environments in which he worked: natural, textual, aesthetic, political, theological, Jesuitical, and social.

Topics for 20-minute presentations might include: Hopkins and Victorian science; Victorian eco-systems and environmentalism; the literary and aesthetic environments of his poetry and prose (including Pre-Raphaelite, Aestheticist, or Decadent art); the intersections of his works and those of his contemporaries; and the political and cultural “surroundings” of Hopkins’s life in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

As a popular term, “environment” came into its own in the nineteenth century, featured in works by the likes of Thomas Carlyle, Herbert Spencer, and Henry Sidgwick. “Hopkins and His Environments” will be a three-day exploration of its literary, scientific, social, political, and cultural implications in relation to a remarkable poet.


The deadline for submissions is 25 January 2021.

Please send your 300-word proposal to:
Lesley Higgins

Organising Committee: Paul Kelly (Chair), Noel Barber S.J., Lesley Higgins, Jude Nixon, Frank Fennell

Anthony E. Clarke has published A Chinese Jesuit Catechism: Giulio Aleni’s Four Character Classic 四字經, serving as the first scholarly study of the famous Jesuit Chinese children’s primer.


A professor of Chinese history at Whitworth University, Clarke provides what the publisher Palgrave notes are “masterful translations of both Wang Yinglin’s (1551–1602) hallowed Confucian Three Character Classic and Aleni’s Chinese catechism that was published during the Qing (1644–1911).”


Palgrave continues that “Clark’s careful reading of the Four Character Classic provides new insights into an area of the Jesuit mission in early modern China that has so far been given little attention, the education of children. This book underscores how Aleni’s published work functions as a good example of the Jesuit use of normative Chinese print culture to serve the catechetical exigencies of the Catholic mission in East Asia, particularly his meticulous imitation of Confucian children’s primers to promote decidedly Christian content.”


More information is available at the publisher’s website: