News at the Institute

“Engaging Sources:” Call for Papers for 2019 International Symposium

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies welcomes submissions for its 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies, with the theme “Engaging Sources: The Tradition and Future of Collecting History in the Society of Jesus.” The Jesuits’ distinctive archival mentality has yielded immensely important source materials that have contributed to the ongoing collective history of the Society of Jesus and to the continued self-understanding of it as a religious order. This event encourages the scholarly, interdisciplinary examination of this engagement with sources—both its continuing tradition and the possible future preservation and dissemination of Jesuit sources. Submissions are due September 15, 2018.

Free Access to The Arrupe Collection

The Portal’s Essential Documents now includes the first installment of “The Arrupe Collection“–free access to the works of Pedro Arrupe published through Jesuit Sources. The contents of three of four volumes are available. These works include Arrupe’s speeches and letters as well as transcripts of interviews. All these works appear in English, as they were when first published by Jesuit Sources. This addition to the Essential Documents was done based on request from users. Contact the Portal’s editors will other requests (jesuitportal@bc.edu).

Africa Volume in Open Access

Selected presentations from the 2016 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies held in Kenya is now available in Open Access. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Jesuit Historical Institute of Africa and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The book will be published as part of Brill’s Jesuit Studies book series.

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies welcomes applications for its first online course, Jesuit Pedagogy. Students in this three-credit course will study the distinctiveness both of the Jesuits’ approaches to teaching and their philosophy of education. The course is grounded in close reading of primary and secondary sources, from the origins of the Society of Jesus through the beginning of the 21st century.

One key to the unprecedented success of Jesuit education has been the tension between the recognizable mark of uniformity that long distinguished the methods, contents, and practices of Jesuit schools and their ability to adapt to different contexts and times. Both aspects—the uniformity and the adaptability—were explicitly supported by the Ratio studiorum, the Jesuits’ foundational plan of studies issued in 1599, which, despite the schools’ many variations and complexities, has retained some influence over time. With the Ratio discarded, Jesuit schools had to clarify what made them distinctively Jesuit, reconciling their mission with the contemporary world. This three-credit, graduate-level class sketches the developments of Jesuit educational endeavors by focusing on both the permanent and changing traits of its distinctive pedagogy.

Enrollment is limited, and students are accepted on a rolling basis. The course begins in August 2018.

More information about the course and about the recent changes to the Institute’s Certificate in Jesuit Studies program are available online.