October 2017: Jesuit-Related Panels at Sixteenth-Century Conference

The annual Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from October 26 to October 29, 2017. The SCSC “promotes scholarship on the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660).” The 2017 conference commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 theses.”

Included below are some of the panels and presentations related to Jesuit history. The entire program is available online.



Reaching Out to the Crowds: Jesuit Designs for Improvement

Sponsor: Journal of Jesuit Studies

Organizer: Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University

Chair: Maryanne C. Horowitz, Occidental College & UCLA

  • “Take the Same as the Society”: Mary Ward’s “Jesuitesses” and Teaching Girls Latin
    • Laura Feitzinger Brown, Converse College
  • Robert Southwell’s Mission to Reclaim the Passions
    • Emily A. Ransom, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
  • Encounters with the Other: Jesuit Mission Concept in India and the Far East in 1541–1603
    • Liubou Dzihanau-Vnukousky, Belarusian State University, Minsk



The Reformation(s) in Catholic Contexts

Organizer: Ulrich L. Lehner, Marquette University

Chair: Kristen P. Walton, Salisbury University

  • Pater Luther? Teaching Luther in Catholic Seminaries
    • Paul Monson, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
  • The “General Obscuration” of Catholic Truth: The Synod of Pistoia (1786) between the Reformations
    • Shaun Blanchard, Marquette University
  • The Ecclesiology of Francisco Suárez, SJ: Between St. Thomas and Vatican II
    • Eric DeMeuse, Marquette University



Constructing New Roles for Male and Female Religious, in Honor of Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research

Organizer: Victoria Christman, Luther College

Chair: Helmut Puff, University of Michigan

  • Active Virginity
    • Amy E. Leonard, Georgetown University
  • Where Are They Now? The Experiences of Protestant and Catholic Nuns after Confronting the Reformation
    • Marjorie E. Plummer, University of Arizona
  • Braving the Waves with Francis Xavier: Jesuit Boat Journeys and the Making of Missionary Manhood
    • Ulrike Strasser, University of California, San Diego



Early Modern Church Building

Sponsor: Ecclesiastical History Society

Organizer and Chair: Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University

  • Budgeting the Build: Financing Parochial Transformation in the Elizabethan Church
    • Lucy Kaufman, University of Oxford
  • Conflict and Church Building in the Southern Netherlands, c. 1566–1621
    • Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University
  • Religion Royale in the Sacred Landscape of Paris: The Jesuit Church of Saint Louis and the Resacralization of Kingship in Early Bourbon France (1590–1650)
    • Eric Nelson, Missouri State University



Saints as Public Figures: Veneration Practices in Politics, Music, and Art

Organizer: Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University

Chair: Karen E. Spierling, Denison University

  • Saints in Ecstasy: Discord and Meaning in the Roman Paintings of Visionary Saints, ca. 1590–1620
    • Thomas Santa Maria, Yale University
  • Examining Confessional Liminality through Mathias Gastritz’s Novae harmonicae cantiones (1569)
    • Megan Eagen, East Carolina University



Italian Literature Reformed I

Organizer and Chair: Jennifer Haraguchi, Brigham Young University

  • A Sixteenth-Century Reader and Critic of Vittoria Colonna: Rinaldo Corso’s Commentary on Her Rime of 1558
    • Sarah Faggioli, Villanova University
  • To Love and Be Loved: Petrarch’s Triumph of Death II and Vittoria Colonna’s Triumph of the Cross
    • Elizabeth Anderson, Independent Scholar
  • Petrarca lagrimoso: Tears and Ignatian Spirituality in Lucrezia Marinella’s Early Spiritual Poetry
    • Leonardo Giorgetti, University of California, Davis



The Sister Arts: Painting, Music, Theater

Organizer: James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

Chair: Shannon N. Pritchard, University of Southern Indiana

  • Affecting the Musical Body: Aural Devotion in Sixteenth-Century Europe
    • Samantha Chang, University of Toronto
  • Reformation Theatre: Distinguishing a New Field of Study
    • Patricia McKee, Northern Arizona University
  • Devotional Visions and Ecstatic Celestial Choirs in Sixteenth-Century Venice
    • Brian D. Steele, Texas Tech University
  • Bernini’s L’Impresario and the Jesuit Concept of Imagery
    • Jenny Körber, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin



Marian Images in Context: Devotions, Doctrines, and Cults II

Organizer: Barbara Haeger, Ohio State University, and Elliott Wise, Brigham Young University

Chair: Kim Butler Wingfield, American University

  • Lectulus noster floridus: The Flower-Strewn Bed and the Virgin’s Womb
    • James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
  • De Virgine natalitia ad rapientem: Marian Mimesis and Conversion in the First Marian Emblem Book: Jan David, SJ’s Pancarpium Marianum of 1607
    • Walter Melion, Emory University
  • Our Lady of Grace: A Holy War for Devotional Hegemony
    • Elliott Wise, Brigham Young University



Beyond Interiority: Prayer, Politics, and Agencies in Northern European and Iberian Devotional Art, ca. 1400-ca. 1700

Sponsor: Historians of Netherlandish Art

Organizer and Chair: Andrea Pearson, American University

  • Painted Politics? Revisiting the Miracles in the Margins in the Lamoignon Hours (ca. 1415)
    • Ragnhild Boe, University of Oslo
  • Gender, Jesuits, and Domestic Artworks: The Decoration of the Houtappel Sisters’ huys capelle in Seventeenth-Century Antwerp
    • Sarah Moran, Utrecht University
  • Devotion and Meditation in Luisa Roldán’s Terracottas
    • Catherine Hall-van den Elsen, Independent Scholar



Establishing Identity Across Reformed Communities

Organizer: Kenneth J. Woo, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Chair: Elsie A. McKee, Princeton Theological Seminary

  • “The Great Abuses of the Jesuits”: Sabbath and Education as Dutch Reformed Efforts to Establish Religious Identity
    • Kyle Dieleman, Trinity Christian College
  • The Declarations of Prince de Condé: Evidence of Protestant Networks across the English Channel Between 1562–1574
    • David Papendorf, Central Michigan University
  • The Admonition’s New Clothes: John Field and the End of Presbyterian
    Polemics in 1579

    • Kenneth J. Woo, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary



Negotiating Early Modern Catholicism Pere Marquette

Organizer: Janis M. Gibbs, Hope College

Chair: Susan M. Cogan, Utah State University

  • The Beloved Disciple: Alfonso Salmerón’s Vision of Catholic Reform
    • Sam Conedera, Gregorian University
  • Behind Closed Doors: Widows Hosting Clandestine Mass in Post-Reformation England
    • Jennifer Binczewski, Washington State University
  • How to Rebuild a Saint: Bringing Back St. Anne in Early Modern Catholicism
    • Jennifer Welsh, Lindenwood University-Belleville



Theodore Beza as a Polemicist: Three Stages in His Career from 1554 to 1598

Sponsor: Calvin Studies Society

Organizer and Chair: David C. Noe, Calvin College

  • The Last to Snatch Up His Tankard: Theodore Beza’s Use of Humor and Invective against Joachim Westphal
    • David C. Noe, Calvin College
  • Summoned from Dank Orcus: Theodore Beza’s Anti-Jesuit Emblem
    • Kirk Summers, University of Alabama
  • One Final Salvo: Theodore Beza’s Last Polemic
    • Jill Fehleison, Quinnipiac University