News in Jesuit Studies

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The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies has awarded its second annual New Scholar Essay Prize for Catholic Studies in the Americas to Kelly L. Schmidt for her essay “‘Regulations for Our Black People’: Reconstructing the Experiences of Enslaved People in the United States through Jesuit Records.” Schmidt’s essay was based on her presentation at the 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies.


Schmidt’s essay, published by the Institute of Jesuit Sources, is available in open access at the Portal to Jesuit Studies.


The Curran Center is also hosting a lecture by Schmidt in September 2021.

The Jesuit Online Bibliography — a free, collaborative, multilingual, and fully searchable database of bibliographic records for scholarship in Jesuit Studies produced in the 21st century — has published more than 6,000 new records as it celebrates its second anniversary. The database now provides the citations, abstracts, subject categories, and direct links for more than 21,000 books, book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, dissertations, conference papers, and other scholarly works related to the study of Jesuits and the Society of Jesus.


The project was launched at the 2019 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies in Boston, with nearly 100 scholars present as well as representatives of the database’s three founding institutions: the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the Jesuitica Project at KU Leuven, and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.


Voluntary contributors regularly submit records, and individual scholars, publishers, and librarians are encouraged to contribute as well. Users have the option to create a free account to save searches and to bookmark results. By becoming a contributor, a user can directly upload records for the project’s editors to review and publish.


Thanks to the project’s more than 30 additional institutional partners, this resource remains available in Open Access.

The Jesuitica Project at KU Leuven celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024, and its staff welcomes proposals for a publication to commemorate the occasion.


The publication will highlight research conducted during the last two decades among the Jesuitica collections at the Maurits Sabbe Library. Proposals for articles (the final draft of which should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words) can also include suggested illustrations to accompany the text.


The deadline for the proposals is February 1, 2022, and final versions of accepted articles are due October 1, 2022.


A full call for proposals appears below.  The Jesuitica Project is a founding institutional partner of the Jesuit Online Bibliography.  Learn more about the project and the Jesuitica collections at the Maurits Sabbe Library as well as sign up for its weekly newsletter at:


Call for Proposals

The Jesuitica Project is inviting proposals for a neatly illustrated publication on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in January 2024.

The publication will focus on the plethora of academic research that has been carried out over the past 20 years with a specific link to the Jesuitica collections at the Maurits Sabbe Library. Preferably, contributions meet usual scholarly expectations, but are suitable reading material for a broader public as well. The ideal article counts between 1,500 and 2,000 words (incl. a short bibliography and a limited amount of footnotes). We also invite you to make suggestions for two large full page illustrations (or one full page illustration and two half page images or an equivalent).

Please send in your proposal (max 400 words) for an article before February 1st 2022 to jesuitica @ The full text of the articles must be submitted by October 1st 2022 at the latest.

Proposals and articles should be written in English. Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested.

If you have any questions about the book and contributions, please do not hesitate to contact us (jesuitica @