Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, presented a paper on Saturday, April 1, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Minneapolis. Johns addressed “Ceremonial Miscommunication or Diplomatic Incompatability?: The Macartney and Amherst Embassies to Qing China, 1793 and 1816.”
The paper was read in the session “Difficulties in Diplomacy: International Relations between European Nations and the ‘Orient’ in the Long Eighteenth Century,” chaired by Nathan D. Brown, Furman University. The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period—from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.
At the beginning of the fall semester Johns received the Chancellor’s Award for Research. He was recognized for his book The Visual Culture of the Catholic Enlightenment (Penn State University Press, 2014), a culmination of many years of painstaking archival research. It embodies his field-defining contribution to eighteenth-century European cultural history.