Crossroads Research Centre



Angela Schottenhammer

Angela Schottenhammer

KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, History DepartmentHistory of China’s and East Asia’s cross-cultural and commercial interactions, with a main focus on continental and maritime Silk Road history; trans-Pacific relations; East Asian science, technology and knowledge transfer; social and economic history of China and East Asia; tombs and tomb inscriptions; archaeology of Asia (especially tombs and shipwrecks)

Core Team

Paul D. Buell

Paul D. Buell

Dept. of History, Anthropology and Philosophy, University of North Georgia

Sinologist, Mongolist, Turkologist. Historian of Chinese medicine and Central Eurasia, Medical history, History of food, Bubonic plague pandemics, Chinese history

Cao Jin

Cao Jin

Chinese Studies, Tübingen University

History of economy, science, and technology in China

Jose Luis Casabán

Jose Luis Casabán

Institute of Nautical Archaeology/Department of Anthropology Texas A&M University

Archival and archaeological research of the history and construction of 16th and 17th Iberian ships, especially Spanish galleons, and Iberian seafaring


Cheng-Heng Lu 盧正恒

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung UniversityQing History, Taiwan History, Global History, Maritime History, Comparative Imperial History, Manchu Studies, Frontier Studies
Ignacio Chuecas Saldías

Ignacio Chuecas Saldías

Institute of History, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile)

Social history of the American imperial borders and peripheries, História das Inquisições at the Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Diaspora of the Portuguese nation in the lands of the Spanish King

Wim Winter

Wim De Winter

Research Department - 'Maritime Society & History' (head of unit), Flanders Marine Institute

World History, Maritime History, Historical Anthropology, Global micro-histories, Early Modern Asia

Alexander Jost

Alexander Jost

Department of History, University of Salzburg

Economy and Society of Imperial China, History of Science and Technology, History of early Globalisation, History of Islam and the Islamic World, Maritime History and History of Trade

Kimura Jun

Kimura Jun

Dept. of Maritime Civilizations, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University

Maritime Archaeology, Maritime Silk Route, and Manila Galleon trades


Mariana Sánchez

Mariana Sánchez received her Ph.D. from University Paris Cité in 2022 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven.

Her research is concerned with the Early Modern Hispanic World and with how natural history was set as an early modern discipline, she is more broadly interested in the history of alchemy and medicine, and the history of science and knowledge.

Ma Guang

Ma Guang

School of History and Culture, Shandong University

East Asian maritime history, Economic history of China

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Oláh Csaba

Department of History, International Christian University (Tokyo)

History of East Asia, especially Sino-Japanese relations, maritime and socio-economic history, diplomacy in Japan and China (ca. 14-17. c.)

Elke Papelitzky

Elke Papelitzky

KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, History Department, Early Modern maritime connections between East and Southeast Asia, History of cartography, History of Science, History of Knowledge, Book History

Guillermo Ruiz-Stovel

KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, History Department, KU Leuven

Maritime China in the Early Modern World, Chinese and Intra-Asian trade with Spanish Manila (especially 18th c.), Shipping and maritime credit data, Social Network Analysis

Tansen Sen

Tansen Sen

Global China Studies, Center for Global Asia, Department of History, NYU Shanghai; Global Network, NYUAsian history and religions, India-China interactions, Indian Ocean connections, and Buddhism
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Mathieu Torck

Faculty of Arts, History Department, KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Department of Languages and Cultures (subarea: Chinese Studies), Ghent University

Asian maritime history, shipboard diets, historical epidemiology, food history

Affiliated Research Partners


Mariano Bonialian

El Colegio de México (COLMEX), History Department, Mexico City

Global History, History of Sino-Spanish American Relations, Economic History of Spanish America

John William Chaffee

John William Chaffee

Institute for Asia and Asian Diaspora, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas, Binghampton University, State University of New York

East Asia, Chinese Social History

Ubaldo Iaccarino

Ubaldo Iaccarino

Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)

Early Modern Philippine History, East Asian and Southeast Asian Maritime History, History of the Spanish presence in Asia (Early Modern Period)

Soledad Jimenez Tovar

Soledad Jimenez Tovar

History Division, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Económicas, A.C. (CIDE)

Central Asia, Migration, Identity, Material Culture, Sociolinguistics, Islam in China

Manuel Ollé

Manel Ollé

Humanities Department, UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Catalonia, Spain)

Maritime Asia, Manila Galleon, Europeans in Ming China, Iberians in East Asia, Chinese Diaspora, Manila Parián

Ander Permanyer Ugartemendia

Ander Permanyer Ugartemendia

John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Spanish China trade, Royal Philippine Company, Bourbon reforms in the Philippines, Manila trade, end of the Manila Galleon, Opium trade

Externally Affiliated Members


Stefan Halikowski Smith

Stefan Halikowski Smith is an Associate Professor at Swansea University, where he teaches early modern world history.

His books include: 'Creolization and Diaspora in the Portuguese Indies, 1640-1720' And 'Two Missionary Accounts of Southeast Asia in the late Seventeenth Century. A Translation and Critical Edition of Guy Tachard's Relation de Voyage aux Indes (1690–99) and Nicola Cima's Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino, e Cocincina'

PhD Students

Chen Zhenxiu Portrait

Chen Zhenxiu 陳朕秀 (1991-2019†)

Department of History, University of Salzburg

Tang period maritime history; Lingnan (South China) migratory patternsCrossroads Special Volume in honor of Chen Zhenxiu

Xu Zhexin

Xu Zhexin 徐喆昕

Department of History, University of Salzburg

Maritime Commerce and Local Society in Chinese Coastal Regions, Social Network of Communities in Medieval Chinese Urban Spaces, Animals in Maritime Commerce and Cultural Communication

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Zong Huiwen 宗慧文

Maritime trade in medicinal drugs, spice medicine, history and anthropology of medicine in south China