Project Team

The scholars contributing to the ERC AdG Transpacific

ERC Transpacific


Principal Investigator

Angela Schottenhammer

Angela Schottenhammer

Angela Schottenhammer, historian and sinologist, is a professor of Chinese Middle Period & Early Modern World History. Her research during the last decade focused mainly on maritime cross-cultural and commercial interactions, Silk Road Studies, and the history of science and knowledge transfer, especially in the fields of medicine and historical geography.

Postdoc Researcher

Wim Winter

Wim De Winter

Informal and contraband trade; European traders and networks

Wim De Winter is a world and maritime historian specialized on the maritime worlds of the Indian & Pacific Oceans. His research focuses on a global, micro-historical approach of cross-cultural interactions in early modern Asia, and on colonial exoticism and the perception of environment. He currently mainly looks at informal agency, piracy, smuggling, and navigational practices in the Transpacific maritime world (16th-18th centuries).

Elke Papelitzky

Elke Papelitzky

Sea routes, historical geography

Elke Papelitzky received her PhD from the University of Salzburg (2017) and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven. She is particularly interested in the Early Modern East Asian view of the (maritime) world, the history of mapmaking, the history of science and knowledge, and the relations between East and Southeast Asia.


Guillermo Ruiz-Stovel

Maritime credit, merchant involvement and commodity structures, mainly 18th cent.

Guillermo Ruiz-Stovel investigates Chinese and Intra-Asian trade with Spanish Manila (especially 18th c.), including shipping, merchant networks, and maritime credit data.

Mathieu Torck Photo

Mathieu Torck

Medicine, food provision, scurvy

Mathieu Torck is a sinologist who works at the intersection between maritime, medical and botanical history as well as the history of science and knowledge transfer of early modern China and the world in a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. He studies risk and hazard factors in the human environment interaction and in particular pursues a qualitative investigation of shipboard diets as well as traditional modes of water supply during voyages in the Indo-Pacific area in the context of the Manila Galleon Trade.


Samuel Van Ackere

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design, Research group Intelligent Systems Engineering, Ghent University; Faculty of Sciences, Department of Geography, Research group CartoGIS, Ghent University

Our geoinformatician, is creating a relational, spatio-temporal project database, including geovisualizations and maps.


Marina Torres

Coming in February 2022

Participation of European religious members of all Catholic orders in local trafficking networks of girls across the South China Sea.



Juan Carlos González Balderas

KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, History Department

Carlos González investigates the transcontinental exchange of medicinals and medicinal knowledge aboard the Manila galleons, including the financial structures of medicinal shipments and galleon provisions and impacts of foreign medicines on local societies (mainly 18th century).

PhD Students

Jasmin Wai Tan Law

Jasmin Wai Tan Law 羅惠丹

Jasmin Law Wai Tan, Mphil in Chinese language and literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), is currently writing her PhD dissertation on “The Formation and Characteristics of the Notion of “Guangdong Culture” during the Ming-Qing Transition”. Guangzhou, a vital battlefield of the Southern Ming forces against the Qing, was also an important port city that in China’s overseas trading network, where intellectuals and Ming loyalists assembled, individuals like Qu Dajun 屈大均 (1630-1696), author of a local history entitled Guangdong xinyu 廣東新語. She investigate how these Ming loyalists took advantages of Cantonese geographic location and cultural resources to construct a local history.

Externally Affiliated Members


Mariano Bonialian

Networks of Peruvian traders

Mariano A. Bonialian is a historian of Spanish America and focuses on the analysis of Peruvian merchants and their networks with Asia, especially the Philippines, China, and Japan.

Jose Luis Casabán

Jose Luis Casabán Banaclocha

Postdoc Researcher

Jose Casabán, a maritime archaeologist and historian, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (USA). He conducts archaeological and archival research on the history, design, and construction of 16th and 17th Iberian ships, especially Spanish galleons, and Iberian seafaring.

Ignacio Chuecas Saldías

Ignacio Chuecas Saldías

Postdoc Researcher

Ignacio Chuecas, full Professor and CIDOC Researcher at the Faculty of Humanities and Communications, Finis Terrae University (Santiago de Chile). He investigates the social history of the Hispanic American imperial borders and peripheries during the early modern period (16th-18th centuries), with an emphasis on colonial and religious phenomena. He is supervisor of the Fondecyt project “Portuguese between the Kingdoms of Pirú and the Great Kingdom of China (16th-17th centuries).

Kimura Jun

Kimura Jun

Maritime archaeology

Kimura Jun, maritime archaeologist and faculty member of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at Tokai University, focuses on the archaeology of early modern Asian ships and Spanish galleons sunken in the Asian and Pacific waters, including the examination of shipbuilding architecture, cargo objects, and related cross-cultural knowledge transfer.