D.Phil. Project

The influence of Classical knowledge on Catholic missionaries in the Philippines

I am doing a DPhil in History at the University of Oxford about the evangelisation of the Philippines in the 16th and 17th centuries with a particular focus on how classical texts, knowledge, and ethnography influenced the missionaries active there. I am interested in how ancient ideas shaped missionaries’ expectations and perceptions of the peoples they worked among and also at how they used this common, classical frame of reference to convey and describe their experiences to an audience back in Europe and America. The aim of this analysis is to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the indigenous groups in the Philippines in this period and to better understand the circulation of knowledge and ideas between Europe and Southeast Asia through America.