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Ana Carolina Hosne

Associate Professor
National University of San Martín, Buenos Aires
Transcending Words and Images. The Different Expressions of Memory in the Overseas Jesuit Missions (16th-18th centuries)
01 September 2016 -
30 April 2017


Ana Carolina Hosne is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies Coordinator at the National University of General San Martín (Argentina). Before holding this position, she has held postodoctoral and research fellowhips at the University of Heidelberg, Harvard University, the European University Institute and the Center for Chinese Studies (Taiwan), among others.

Research interests

Society of Jesus – Early modern Europe – Production, circulation and translation of knowledge between mission spaces – Christianity in Ming China – Colonial Latin American history – Global history – Memory studies – Dialogues between Christianity and Buddhism in China and Tibet (16th - 18th centuries) – Rhetoric – Friendship

Transcending Words and Images. The Different Expressions of Memory in the Overseas Jesuit Missions (16th-18th centuries)

Defining “memory”, its functions and purposes, which are forever changing across time and space, is a formidable challenge which can be analysed only in specific historical contexts. This study, which forms the core of my second book, investigates the different roles and purposes of memory in the overseas Jesuit missions from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, with special focus on the following case studies: Peru and Mexico, two colonial mission spaces, and China and Tibet, two non-colonial mission spaces. Europe forms the background against which to gauge the cultural baggage the Jesuits carried with them to their missions, which in turn comprised a multi-faceted interest in memory and its different purposes. The need to indoctrinate the local populations made of memory, its different rules and techniques, an indispensable tool for the local populations to remember the new doctrine. However, as this project aims to show, this imperative goal generated multiple interactions with different local formulations and uses of memory, thus transcending the mission spaces themselves.

Key publications

The Jesuit Missions to China and Peru, 1570-1610. Expectations and Appraisals of Expansionism, Routledge, 2013.

“Friendship among literati. The Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) in Ming China”Transcultural Studies, peer-reviewed e-journal, Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, 2014:1; 190-214.

“The Art of memory in the Jesuit Missions in Peru and China in the late sixteenth century”, Material Culture Review, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 76, Fall 2013: 30- 40.

“Lo deseable y lo posible. La visión y representación de China en la obra de José de Acosta” [Desirable and possible. The Vision and representation of China in José de Acosta´s works], Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Roma, vol. XXXII fasc. 2012/II: 481-514.


Workshop organized by A. C. Hosne (Paris IAS fellow) and A. Romano (EHESS)
12 Jan 2017 14:00 -
13 Jan 2017 15:30,
Paris :
Knowledge translation on a global scale (Asia-Europe-the Americas, 16th - 20th centuries)
Conference organized by A.C. Hosne, Paris IAS fellow
23 Nov 2016 14:00 -
24 Nov 2016 12:30,
San Martín :
¿Asia? desde una perspectiva global
Modern period (1492-1789)
World or no region