Yuval Givon

Yuval Givon is a PhD student in the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research addresses the early modern dialogue between China and Europe, and particularly the circulation of knowledge between the two civilizations during the Ming-Qing dynastic transition in the mid-17th century. Though generally seen mainly as a local Chinese event, Yuval highlights this transition as an episode in global history, particularly in terms of its role in shaping new categories of knowledge and opening new channels of communication between China and Europe. At the heart of the study lies the Jesuit China Mission, which operated at the time as an almost exclusive communication channel between China and Europe. By analyzing Jesuit sources in Chinese and European languages, Yuval sheds light on the circulation of cross-cultural knowledge in what is sometimes called the First Global Era.