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World of Jesuit Archives (WJA) is a collaborative project with Jesuit archives around the world and aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the documentary heritage of the Society of Jesus, the institutions responsible for the conservation of archival material, and the people involved in the management of the collections in which the Society’s history […]

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“You only torment and upset yourself”: Replies to a Restless Writer at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century, By Elisa Frei

“You only torment and upset yourself”: Replies to a Restless Writer at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century[1]   Elisa Frei Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies   Originally published: April 20, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.18     Introduction Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556) founded the Society of Jesus in 1540 as an apostolic order, but from the

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Visions of Contemplation: Jesuits and Their Rhetoric of Persuasion in Japan, by Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail

Visions of Contemplation: Jesuits and Their Rhetoric of Persuasion in Japan   Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail Indiana University   Originally published: July 14, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.22     When Saint Francis Xavier set sail to India on April 7, 1541,[1] it was about a year before the first Europeans “discovered” Japan.[2] Xavier was nominated núncio apostólico (apostolic

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Early Modern Jesuit Writing of History as an Inspiration for Central European Historians before 1773, by Jakub Zouhar

Early Modern Jesuit Writing of History as an Inspiration for Central European Historians before 1773   Jakub Zouhar[1] Univerzita Hradec Králové   Originally published: April 20, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.23     Introduction The phenomenon of early modern Jesuit historiography and its influence on other scholars in central Europe is of wider than regional importance. Nevertheless, the

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Philosophy at the Geopolitical Service of Mission: The Coimbra Jesuits’ “Wirkungsgeographie” (1542–1730), by Mário Santiago de Carvalho

Philosophy at the Geopolitical Service of Mission: The Coimbra Jesuits’ “Wirkungsgeographie” (1542–1730)   Mário Santiago de Carvalho Universidade de Coimbra   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.25     Almost as soon as it had been born, the Society of Jesus rapidly transformed into a “geographical network that virtually encircled the world.”[1] This essay

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Spiritual Edification and Publishing Policies in Jesuit Work in South American Missions (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries), by Juan Dejo, S.J.

Spiritual Edification and Publishing Policies in Jesuit Work in South American Missions (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)   Juan Dejo, S.J. Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.20     Writing as Part of the Society of Jesus’s Policy for Spiritual Edification On July 27, 1547, during the period when

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From Tintype to Twitter: Photography at the Irish Jesuit Archives, by Damien Burke

From Tintype to Twitter: Photography at the Irish Jesuit Archives[1]   Damien Burke Irish Archives of the Society of Jesus   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.09     Introduction Photographs are fragile objects: physically, they are easily torn, discolored, and mislaid; digitally, the advent of smartphones with the maelstrom of social media means

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Giovambattista Noghera (1719–84): A Jesuit Looking Back at a Great Rhetorical Tradition, by Hanne Roer

Giovambattista Noghera (1719–84): A Jesuit Looking Back at a Great Rhetorical Tradition   Hanne Roer Københavns Universitet   Originally published: March 1, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.04     Noghera: A Forgotten Apologist and Jesuit Humanist Although Giovambattista Noghera, S.J. was a professor of rhetoric and a prolific writer—his works were published in a posthumous collection of

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May 2020: Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu in Open Access

Additional past volumes of the Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu (AHSI) are now available in open access.   For more than 85 years, AHSI, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal, has published research articles on the history of the Society of Jesus along with book reviews, research notes, accounts of “living history,” and an annual bibliography. The most recent

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