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International Symposia on Jesuit Studies

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies Programs Booklet


Crossing thematic, chronological, and disciplinary boundaries, the International Symposia on Jesuit Studies offer annual opportunities for academic exchanges. Symposia have a global impact, attracting a diverse community of scholars, thus far, in Nairobi, Seville, and Boston.

Previous symposia have featured scholarly presentations examining the distinctiveness of Jesuits and their ministries (or the quidditas Jesuitica), the encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and the experiences of Francisco Suárez and other Jesuits with the complexities of modernity.

The 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies will take place in June 2019 at Boston College. The topic for the conference is “Engaging Sources: The Tradition and Future of Collecting History in the Society of Jesus.” More information and a call for papers are available online.

The Institute publishes selected presentations at the symposia in Open Access. The first volume is Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding within the Society of Jesus. The second volume is Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa. 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.