News in Jesuit Studies

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The Renaissance Society of America annual conference, held in Toronto from March 17-19, features more than 30 presentations related to the field of Jesuit Studies. More information about the conference and the RSA can be found at:


Information about the Jesuit Studies-related presentations can be found in the beta version of the Jesuit Online Bibliography. Available in open access at, this platform is a collaborative, multilingual, and fully searchable database of bibliographic records for scholarship in Jesuit Studies produced in the 21st century. Contact the project’s editors to learn more (


As of the 2019 RSA conference, there are records for more than 400 conference papers. Those records for presentations at the 2019 RSA conference are available at this page.

Following on the work of Fr. Joseph Dehergne, SJ, who compiled a directory of the Jesuits in China from 1552 to 1800, a new directory of Jesuits in China during the 19th and 20th centuries is now available from the Taipei Ricci Institute.


The Directory of the Jesuit in China from 1842 to 1955 is a collaboration among Fernando Mateos, Edmund Ryden, and Olivier Lardinois, all Jesuits of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. It begins with the arrival of the three first Jesuit missionaries in China after the Jesuits’ restoration in the 19th century and closes with expulsion and imprisonment of Jesuits in the 20th century.


The book provides, according to its publisher, “the biographical notices of 1,570 Jesuits who worked in China between 1842 and 1955” as well as “an index of names in the forms of transliteration each used, another index according to international Pinyin and Chinese characters, Jesuit missions statistics, a chronology of the history of the mission and various mission areas, status in Church leadership (Bishops, Prefects Apostolic) and in academic and scientific work, a list of official and non-official Jesuit martyrs, a few maps and photos, and a selective bibliography.”


The book is available for purchase at the institute’s bookstore:

On February 22, le Laboratoire de Mathématiques d’Avignon (LMA) et la Fédération de Recherche AGORANTIC d’Avignon Université hosts a day-long symposium on Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (1602-1680).


The symposium features presentations by mathematicians and historians, all considering the mathematics behind sundials. The event takes place in a building in which Kircher, noted German Jesuit scholar and polymath, taught in 1632. One of the rooms, the program announcement notes, “conserve dans ses murs les vestiges d’un exceptionnel cadran solaire à réflexion qu’il réalisa alors.”


A program appears below. More details are available at:–13438.kjsp


09:30 > 10:00 : Accueil

10:00 > 10:45 : Denis Savoie (Astronome, SYRTE – Observatoire de Paris et musée des Arts et Métiers), La gnomonique de Kircher : une diversité inégalée.

11:00 > 11:45 : Étienne Ghys (Mathématicien, ENS Lyon, secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie des Sciences), Ombre et lumière.

13:45 > 14:15 : Raphaël Dallaporta présentera son installation vidéo : Mundo combinatorio / Monde combinatoire.

14:30 > 15:15 : Isabelle Pantin (Littérature et Language, ENS Ulm), Kircher, le livre et l’image scientifique.

15:30 > 16:15 : Jean-Michel Mathonière, Les compagnons tailleurs de pierre et la gnomonique.