Giulia Falato


Departmental Lecturer in Chinese

Faculty Address:

China Centre



Research Interests:

  • History of the cultural relations between China and Europe (Ming-Qing period)
  • Ming-Qing China Jesuit publications on moral philosophy 
  • Missionary linguistics (particularly lexicology)
  • Song-Ming pedagogy

Courses Taught:

  • Historiography of Early China
  • Unseen translation
  • Seminars on Song-Qing history
  • Readings in Classical Chinese

Selected publications:


  • G. Falato, Alfonso Vagnone's Tongyou jiaoyu 童幼教育 (On the Education of Children, c.1632). The earliest encounter between Chinese and European pedagogy. Brill series "Studies in the History of Christianity in East Asia", June 2020, ISBN 978-90-04-43050-1 

Annotated translations:

  • Annotated translations (in Italian) of six texts by Xu Guangqi (題《萬國二圜圖序》, 題《測量法義》, 《 勾股義》序, 造物主垂象略說, 修改曆法請訪用湯若望羅雅谷疏, 聖教規誡箴讚) included in the volume Xu Guangqi e gli studi celesti (Xu Guangqi and Heavenly learning), edited by E. Giunipero, Edizioni A. Guerini & Associati, June 2020, ISBN 978-88-6250-778-3 

Journal articles:

  • G.Falato, "Alfonso Vagnone's Tongyou jiaoyu 童幼教育 (On the Education of Children, c.1632) and its contribution to the introduction of Western learning into late Ming China", in Ming Qing Studies (special edition December 2015),  Aracne Editrice, 2015, pp.137-159, ISBN 978-88-548-8958-3 
  • G. Falato, "The Western concept of friendship in Alfonso Vagnone's Tongyou jiaoyu 童幼教育 (On the Education of Children)", in International Communication of Chinese Culture, 3 (1), Springer, 2015, pp. 95-106, ISSN 2197-4233


Current Projects:

  • Missionary translators: translations of Christian texts in East Asia - the case of China
  • Animal imagery in late Ming Jesuit humanistic publications in Chinese



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