International Symposia

International Symposia on Jesuit Studies

The International Symposia on Jesuit Studies offer annual opportunities to cross thematic, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries. Symposia have a global impact, attracting a diverse community of scholars, thus far, in Nairobi, Seville, and Boston.

Previous symposia featured scholarly presentations on the distinctiveness of Jesuits and their ministries (or the quidditas Jesuitica), the encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, the experiences of Francisco Suárez and other Jesuits with the complexities of modernity, and the tradition and future of collecting history in the Society of Jesus. 

The next International Symposium on Jesuit Studies will take place in June 2022 in Boston, United States of America. The topic for the conference is “Jesuits and the Church.” 

The volumes of presentations from the 2015 and 2016 symposia are available in Open Access as part of Brill’s Jesuit Studies book series (Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding within the Society of Jesus and Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa). Brill has also published volumes emerging from the 2017 and 2018 events.

Beginning with the 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies, Jesuit Sources will publish the selected proceedings, and all peer-reviewed essays will be hosted at the Portal to Jesuit Studies. The volumes appear as part IJS Studies, an imprint at Jesuit Sources dedicated to research on Jesuits and the Society of Jesus. This series features peer-reviewed secondary scholarship examining Jesuit history, spirituality, pedagogy, and other themes. The contents of these and forthcoming volumes will also be available through the Portal to Jesuit Studies.


With questions or if you wish to collaborate on the International Symposia, please contact the Institute.