Seminars, Talks, Presentations

The seminars, talks and presentations the members of the ERC AdG TRANSPACIFIC team have held so far.

ERC AdG Transpacific

Seminars, Talks and Presentations

Wim De Winter, ‘The Transpacific Circulation of Native Asian Botanicals and Medicinals in 18th-Century Spanish Shipboard Letters’. Panel on Asian Medicines across Borders. Joint Conference of IASTAM (International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine) and ASTHM (Asian Society for the History of Medicine). National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine Taiwan, Taipei, 22 june 2024.

Wim De Winter, ‘’From trade to colonial erasure: 18th-century Armenians and other mediators in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific”, Crete, 27 May to 1 June 2024.

Angela Schottenhammer, “Global Circulation of Knowledge around Chocolate in the Early Modern World, With a Focus on East Asia”, LECTIO Roudtable Discussion, Embodied Encounters: Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Tangible Circulation of Knowledge in and beyond Europe, KU Leuven, Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, 29 May 2024.

Wim De Winter, Keynote Lecture ‘‘From trade to colonial erasure: 18th-century Armenians and other mediators in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific’‘. 2nd Cracovian Congress of History”, ‘Colonialism and Decolonisation from the 15th to the 20th Century’”. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 27 april 2024.

Wim De Winter, Invited Lecture ‘Pirates and Privateers’ Views of Spanish Transpacific Shipping: Navigation, Smuggling, and Intercultural Interactions across the Pacific (17th-18th century)‘. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. 11 december 2023.

Wim De Winter, (webinar) lezing voor breed publiek  ‘Handelaren of soldaten? De Oostendse Companie en haar aanwezigheid in China en India (1717-1744)’. Genootschap voor Antwerpse Geschiedenis. 05 December 2023, 8 p.m (GMT+1). Zie (participatie link via pagina):

Wim De Winter, Keynote Lecture ‘Merchants or soldiers? The Ostend Company: local actions, maritime power and military conflicts in China and Bengal’. Scientific Conference 300 Years Ostend Company. VLIZ, InnovOcean Campus; Jacobsenstraat 1, 8400 Ostend. 24 November 2023, 9 a.m (GMT+1). Programme and registration, see:

Wim De Winter, Introduction and Moderator for Public Evening (‘publieksavond’) on 300 Years of the Ostend Company. Public Lectures (historical outreach). 21st november 2023. In person and subscription-based. VLIZ, InnovOcean Campus; Jacobsenstraat 1, 8400 Ostend.  Information and enrollment, see:

José Luis Casabán Banaclocha & Kimura Jun, “The Manila Galleons Historical and Archaeological Database Research Project (1565-1815”, The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Gwangju, Korea, November 13 – 18, 2023. Robbe Viville and Kenzo Milleville prepared a short video documentation to introduce our ERC AdG TRANSPACIFIC database platform, see

Wim De Winter, “Armenians in India & South-East Asia”, open lecture at Ghent University’s course on South Asian history, 7 November 2023.

Mariano Bonialian Assadourian, “Agencia y tempranas redes transpacíficas. El caso Álvaro de Castrillo, escribano real y registro de navíos del puerto de Acapulco, 1586–1610”, 510 años del descubrimiento de la Mar del Sur por Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. Una reflexión interdisciplinaria sobre intercambios, interacciones y sinergias en las costas americanas del Océano Pacífico, con una perspectiva de larga duración, 28 September 2023.

Angela Schottenhammer, “Medicinal Drug & Knowledge Transfer between Spanish America and 18-Century China”, ICHSEA International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Frankfurt, 21 August 2023.

Elke Papelitzky, “Mapping the Shape of Southeast Asia in Tokugawa Japan,” International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Frankfurt, 24 August 2023.

Elke Papelitzky and Richard A. Pegg, “Mapping Heaven and Earth: The Blue Maps of China.” ISHMap VII Symposium, Berlin. 12 July 2023.

Elke Papelitzky, “Red Lines in the Ocean: Sailing Routes on Early Modern East Asian Maps.” Marine Archaeology Seminar Series, Tōkai University, Shimizu Campus, Japan. 13 June 2023.

Wim De Winter, “Pirates in the Early-Modern Pacific: Heretics, Plunderers, & Knowledge Gatherers”, Ghent University Guest lecture in the ‘maritime history’ seminar (27 April 2023).

Mariano Bonialian, “Las tempranas expediciones hispanoamericanas con el Oriente. El caso del Perú, 1580-1610 (28 de març, a les 16:00 h. a la Sala Albert Calsamiglia, en el marc del Màster d’Àsia Pacífic en un Context Global (MAP) i del Màster d’Història del Món, MHM).

Elke Papelitzky, “Red lines in the ocean: Sea routes on early modern East Asian maps.” At the event Tracing Sea Routes on Maps, in conversation with Sara Caputo. David Rumsey Map Center. March 23, 2023.

Angela Schottenhammer 蕭婷, “跨太平洋贸易的历史起源和一些特色”, Tamkang Seminar, Taibei 臺北,淡江大學歷史學系 (20 March 2023, 8.00 am CET, Online).

Elke Papelitzky, “Mapmakers, Sailors, and Shallow Water in Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century China”. Tamkang University, History Seminar. March 13, 8:00 AM CET.

Wim De Winter, “Pirates, Renegades, and Apostates: Pirate Identities and Solidarity in the 16th & 17th-century Spanish Colonial Pacific.” in Pirates, corsairs, filibusters, privateers, and Watergeuzen from antiquity to contemporary times (10 March 2023, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland / Online).

Angela Schottenhammer, “China and Spanish America: Some Forgotten Aspects of China’s Early Modern Maritime Silk Road”, Rice University, Department of Transnational Asian Studies, and Dunhuang Foundation (9 February 2023, 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada), 18:00 CET. To register, please click here

Wim De Winter, “Anson’s Transpacific Captures: a Privateer’s Peek Into Unseen or Illicit Interactions Across the Pacific (1741-1744)”, In: Prize Papers Lunch Talks – Online Lecture Series of the Prize Papers Project (Oldenburg/London) (6 February 2023, 1-2 pm). [postponed until, probably, August 2023]

Angela Schottenhammer, “Exotic, marginal, and ‘invisible’ aspects of Early Modern China and the Maritime Silk Road“, The China Forum Seminar, Jesus College Cambridge, 29 November, 2022.

Elke Papelitzky, “Sailing around the Philippine Islands according to Chinese Sources.” Presentation at the Symposium Around and About the South China Sea organized by the CCCM in Lisbon, 10 November, 2022.

Wim De Winter, “Mediterranean Encounters on Distant Seas: How Greek and Italian sailors co-shaped the 16th-century Spanish maritime presence in the Pacific”, Cross-cultural entanglements in the Mediterranean and beyond, 1200–1600; Ramsden Room, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (29 October 2022).

Marina Torres Trimalléz, “Circulación de ideas y saberes para la defensa de la misión en China en el siglo XVII”, Circulacions, fronteres i agents de la primera globalització a les «quatre parts del món» (segles XVI-XVIII)
(21 September 2022).

Wim De Winter, “How ships determined history” (reeks ‘Beroemde Schepen en hoe ze de geschiedenis bepaalden), Amarant, (online lecture, 14 September 2022).

Angela Schottenhammer, “Smallpox on the Ryūkyū Islands: Maritime Transmission and Local Treatment Methods”, EARLY MODERN KYŪSHŪ: A REGIONAL CROSSROADS OF KNOWLEDGE, TRADE, AND PRODUCTION (online workshop, 9-10 September 2022).

Mariano Bonialian, “Contratación privada entre las Indias Occidentales y el Extremo Oriente: 1580–1604.”  Seminario Integración y fragmentación en los mundos ibéricos. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/Universidad Nacional de Rosario- Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina. Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas/Investigaciones Socio-históricas Regionales (27 July, 2022)

Angela Schottenhammer, “Transfer of Cacao from Spanish America to and its Usage in Asia”, WHA conference, Bilbao, panel C1 – Transoceanic Flora and Fauna: Biological Imports and the Philippines as a Nexus (24 June 2022).

Wim De Winter, “Piracy in the Early-Modern Pacific: Buccaneers, Plunder, & Knowledge Gathering”, Ghent University Guest lecture in the ‘maritime history’ seminar, (05 May 2022).

Wim De Winter, “Oceanic early-modernity: Europeans defining modernity through overseas encounters “, Ghent University Guest lecture on ‘early modernity’ seminar, (22 April 2022).

Angela Schottenhammer, “Cacao: An Example for the Movement of Plants and Food Cultures across the Early Modern Pacific”, Food Culture in Trans-Pacific Exchange: Legacies, Meanings, and Impact, PACLAS (Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies), (19 April 2022).

Marina Torres Trimállez, “La cristiandad en China y los misioneros como agentes de la globalización” (Christianity in China and missionaries as agents of the first globalisation), Seminar as part of the ‘Máster universitario en Estudios Americanos’, Universidad de Sevilla (30 april 2022).

Elke Papelitzky, “Looking Abroad: Guangdong and the Geography of the Non-Chinese Maritime World”, AAS Annual Conference, Hawai’i (virtually, March 26 2022).

Angela Schottenhammer, “Cacao: An Example for the Movement of Plants and Food Cultures across the Early Modern Pacific”, Humanities Society, Wolfson College Cambridge (1 March 2022).

Mariano Bonialian, “Desde Potosí a Cantón. Movilidades y redes por el Pacífico en tiempos de apogeo del Cerro Rico: 1595–1601”, at the virtual congress Rethinking Trans-pacific Ties: Asia and Latin American. LASA 2022 (February 15-18, 2022).

Elke Papelitzky, “Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century Chinese Rutters and the Routes to the Philippines.” Sailing the Early Modern Indian Ocean: Texts and Practices in Contact (25 January 2022).

Wim De Winter, The Ostend Company in Bengal, ‘Bengal Season’, Digital Museum (15 December 2021)

Mariano Bonialian, “Peruleros in China the Philippines. Merchant networks, Trans-Pacific trade and the first globalization from a microhistorical perspective (1580-1620)”, at the workshop Social Networks, Informal and Formal Enforcement Mechanisms, and Empires (c. 14001850). Pablo de Olavide University (December 15, 2021)

Elke Papelitzky, “Lines in the Ocean: Sea Routes on Ming and Qing Chinese Maps.” Ca’Foscari University Venice (virtually, 3 December 2021).

Elke Papelitzky, together with Mario Cams, “The ‘Self’ and the ‘Other’ in Ming-Era Texts on Geography”, The Other in Chinese History and Thought: Territory, Race, Culture, Philosophy, Religion (15 November 2021).

Mariano Bonialian, “Relaciones entre el sudeste asiático y América colonial”. Foro de diálogo académico de alto nivel, América Latina, el Caribe y el sudeste asiático. Instituto de Relaciones exteriores. November 1, 2021. Universidad de La Plata. Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio internacional y de Culto. Argentina.

Elke Papelitzky, “Writing World History in Times of Change.” China in the 17th Century: Trauma, Transition and Global Transformations (20 October 2021).

Mariano Bonialian, “Guatemala, el Pacífico y la Monarquía en la etapa colonial”, Ciclo La Capitanía General de Guatemala: zona geoestratégica en la Historia Marítima de la época moderna. Unam, México (19 October 2021).

Mariano Bonialian, Disertante en el Coloquio 80 años del Centro de Estudios Históricos en la mesa De lo nacional a lo global. September 30, 2021. Recoding available on Youtube.

Mariano Bonialian, “Dos océanos una tierra: América entre el Pacífico y el Atlántico, 1570-1840”, El mundo atlántico en la modernidad temprana 14001800. Departamento de Historia de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina (6 October 2021).

Angela Schottenhammer, “Balsam & cacao: Westward movement of medicinal knowledge & food culture across the early modern Pacific”, PANTROPICA The past, present & future: ‘Pantropocene’: Pacific Perspectives, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (29 September 2021).

Mariano Bonialian, “Los galeones de Manila y la ruta de la seda china por América Latina colonial”, en el marco de la mesa redonda como parte de la exhibición Entramar la Nación. Trajes típicos de las minorías étnicas de China. Museo de la Historia del Traje, Ministerio de Cultura, Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 10, 2021).

Wim De Winter,  “Silently Smuggled and Invisibly Dyed: the Transpacific smuggling of processed and unprocessed Asian textiles and Peruvian bullion in the Spanish Colonies and at sea, 1547-1800”, Commodities of Empire, (2 September 2021).

Elke Papelitzky, “Thinking about the World in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century China”, Keynote at the Online Workshop China and Global History (1 September 2021).

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Balderas, “La Creación del Asiento de la Farmacia Real en Manila. Una Mirada al Comercio de Medicinas a Través del Galeón de Manila (1717-1723)”, Circulaciones y Transnacionalismo | Congreso Estudios Asiáticos CEA UC (1-2 September 2021).

Wim De Winter, “Transpacific Routes to a Southern-Netherlandish Port: sailors and merchants’ self-organizing traditions in the development of Ostend’s 18th-century Asia trade”, International Postgraduate Ports and Maritime Studies Network (Centre for Port and Maritime History, Liverpool / online), (25 August 2021).

Part of a map of China

Elke Papelitzky, “Mapping tianxia and Mapping the World in Sixteenth to Early Nineteenth Century China”, Paper presented at the online conference Cosmopolitan Pasts of China and the Eurasian World (12 June 2021).

Elke Papelitzky, “Vanishing Islands. Sandbanks, Shallows, and Reefs in Ming and Early Qing Texts and Maps.” Paper presented at the online workshop China’s Offshore Islands: Geography, History, Navigation and Culture (Antiquity to Qing) (9 June 2021).

Elke Papelitzky, “Rote Linien im Ozean: Seerouten auf ostasiatischen Karten der frühen Neuzeit” (Red lines in the ocean. Sea routes on early modern East Asian maps). Talk given at the TRANSMARE Kolloquium, University of Trier (31 May 2021).

Scholar meets RUTTER

Angela Schottenhammer, Informal talk with the ERC AdG RUTTER team about transpacific connections and maritime history (12 March 2021).

Angela Schottenhammer, “Maritime Disasters and Risk Appraisals in the East Asian”, L’Asie maritime. Les périls de la mer, École française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO), EHESS, Paris (16.12.2020).

Juan Carlos Gonzáles Balderas (MA), “Más allá de la plata y la seda, el tráfico de medicinas entre Filipinas y América a través del Galeón de Manila“, Conferencia para alumnos de la licenciatura en Historia de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Monterrey, México).

Mariano Bonialian, “Movilidades, métodos, instrumentos y métodos de investigación, siglos xvi al xx”, November 18–20, 2020. Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM.

Wim De Winter, Angela Schottenhammer, Mathieu Torck, “Reading Early Modern Books at Sea: the Use of Medical Works and Travelogues Crossing the Pacific & Indian Oceans”, Boekhistorisch Forum IV (13 November 2020).

Mariano Bonialian, “Hacia una macrohistoria de la América Moderna en la temprana globalización”, Ciclos de Conferencias Macrohistoria y el Mundo Actual. October 10, 2020. Centro de Enseñanza, Aprendizaje y Trayectoria Profesoral (CEAP) y La Escuela de Ciencias Humanas de la Universidad del Rosario. Colombia (October 10, 2020).

Mariano Bonialian, “Perú colonial, Perú global: 1580–1620. Entre la emancipación y la subordinación”, en el marco del Seminario de Estudios Globales de la Universidad de San Marcos, Lima, Perú (September 29, 2020).