Dr Mariana Boscariol


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During my PhD I worked on the Jesuit activity in Brazil and Japan during the 16th century. Approaching these early modern missions, my work has been largely related to the analysis of the circulation of news, goods, and peoples from America and East Asia to Europe.

I am currently working at the University of Manchester as a research associate within the British Academy (BA) funded project “Living on the Edge: experiences and responses to Europe’s changing borderlands” (PI Dr Edmond Smith). The project investigates the ways individuals and communities living on the edges of Europe – especially in port cities and transport hubs – experienced trade, migration and sovereignty in their day-to-day lives. The project undertakes a comparative study of two specific borderland regions: the Gulf of Guinea and the Sino-Russian borderlands during the early modern/modern period. In this position, my role is mainly to undertake the archival work in the UK, Portugal and Spain and help with the West African case study.

In what regards my personal interests in research, what I seek is to diversify and enhance my competences in the European and East Asian dimension of the Early Modern era in dialogue with the changes Iberian empires, China and Japan were passing through during the 17th century - having an attentive view not only on the economic practices sustained in that period but also on the current relations between both regions. My main interests in research are cross-cultural and economic history, exploring categories such as governance, commerce, borders, and circulation from ´local, regional and global dynamics` in East Asia.

Areas of expertise


  • Borders, Cross-Cultural, Governance, Iberian Colonial Empires, Economic circuits, Early Modern East Asia

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy, Two sides of the same coin: the Jesuit mission in Brazil and Japan (1549-1597), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • 2013 - Master of Letters, No que toca a língua e adaptação na metodologia de trabalho jesuíta no Japão: Gaspar Vilela, Alessandro Valignano e João Rodrigues Tçuzu (1549-1620), Universidade de Sao Paulo

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