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 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. The topic for the conference is “Engaging the World: The Jesuits and Their Presence in Global History.” 


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.