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In collaboration with the Institute of Humanities at Seoul National University, the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College welcomes applications to an international workshop in Seoul to take place between November 28 and December 4, 2022. Applications are due by August 15, 2022.


The workshop is part of a four-year project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation entitled, “Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia: Bridging a New Generation of Scholars and Scholarship.” Those post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty members who have research interests on Christianity in East Asia and who are working on book manuscripts are encouraged to apply to participate in the workshop. The working language of the four-day event is English.


The workshop will consist of lectures and seminars led by senior scholars from Seoul National University and other universities, allowing opportunities for participants to discuss research methodologies, historiographies, and engagement with primary sources in a variety of languages. Participants will also visit local museums and archives. They will also meet with a senior acquisitions editor from Brill Academic Publishers to discuss the editorial and publication of a scholarly book. Lastly, each participant will be guided by a mentor specializing in the study of Christianity in East Asia.


Details on the application’s requirements and the related COVID protocols are available at:

Camilla Russell, publications editor at IHSI, has published Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy: Biographical Writing in the Early Global Age with Harvard University Press.


Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy “illuminates the lives of those who joined the Society, building together a religious and cultural presence that remains influential the world over.” Russell’s focus is on the Jesuits of the Italian provinces, tracing their lives often to distant missions, to reveal “new light on the impact and inner workings of the Society” and a community in which “the worldly and divine overlapped.”


An electronic version of Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy is available, with a subscription, at JSTOR:


A citation for Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy appears in the Jesuit Online Bibliography. The Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, where Russell works, is a founding partner in the database, and Russell is among the voluntary contributors to the project.

Institute of Jesuit Sources has published a new history of Boston College, Ever to Excel: A History of Boston College.


Authored by University Historian James O’Toole, Ever to Excel examines how an institution, founded to “educate children of immigrants, has grown into a major academic institution of national and international standing.” The transformation is especially considered through “the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who helped shape Boston College and related changes in curriculum and campus life.”


Ever to Excel is available through