Visiting Scholars

Shu Wei-Ping 許維萍, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chinese Classics and Literature at Tamkang University in Taipei and a Ricci Institute Visiting Research Fellow. Prof. Shu’s study of the Chinese text Yijing  易經 (or Classic of Changes) led to her studies in Manchu and the Jesuit interpreters of this text for the Kangxi emperor.

Prof. Shu recently presented her research on the French Jesuit Joachim Bouvet’s lessons at a lecture at Fudan University in Shanghai. Prof. Shu is the lead scholar for a 2017 joint research project between the Ricci Institute and Tankang University, which includes an analysis of Malatesta-Robinson papers, a unique collection of Chinese manuscripts that once belonged to the famous British collector, Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) concerning the Jesuit China mission and the Rites controversy.


Dong Shaoxin 董少新, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Associate Director of the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, and was Fulbright Scholar-in-residence at the Ricci Institute for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Prof. Dong  is a leading scholar in Chinese-Western cultural history. His publication Between Body and Soul: A History of Western Medicine in China during the 16th -18th Centuries 行神之间:早期西洋医学入华史稿  (2008) was recognized by China's Ministry of Education in 2013. His wide-ranging research includes the 17th century Portuguese Jesuit António de Gouvea, the influence of Western medical missions between 1807 and 1911, and traditional medicine and modernization in China.

He recently presented a paper on Western documents on Ming-Qing dynastic change at the conference “Encounter and Communication: East-West Cultural Exchange since Matteo Ricci” (Nov., 2016)





Peter Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas-Dallas and a Ricci Institute Visiting Scholar. His research at the Ricci Institute was related to his study of German Orientalism, comparative linguistics and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China.

Dr. Park’s presentation at the Ricci Institute Summer Research Seminar was entitled "Cornelius de Pauw’s Natural History of the Chinese, or How a Minor 'Philosophe' Shattered the Image of China" which contrasted positive European images of China as illustrated in Jesuit reports with the highly negative impressions of Cornelius de Pauw (1739-1799), a controversial Dutch philosopher and ethnologist.

Dr. Park is the author of Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780-1830, winner of the 2016 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought.



Cai Yongliang 蔡永良, Ph.D.

Professor of Linguistics at the Shanghai Maritime University 上海海事大學 and Research Fellow at the Ricci Institute.  Prof. Cai’s research concerns methods of language learning and adaptation with a focus on mission schools in late Imperial and early Republican China. His presentation during the 2015 Summer Seminar “Language Politics in Missionary Higher Education in China" compared language teaching policies adopted by St. John's University in Shanghai and contrasted them with Cheeloo University in Shandong Province during the Republican Era in early 20th century China.

Prof. Cai’s research on language and linguistics is now reaching farther back into historical sources documenting Jesuit and other missionary attempts at Chinese language acquisition during the late Ming and early Qing period, their awareness of local dialect and writing practices, and the overriding importance of learning Chinese for the mission enterprise.




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