International Symposia on Jesuit Studies


International Symposia on Jesuit Studies are held on an annual basis, providing opportunities for academic exchange within the global community of Jesuit Studies scholars. Selected presentations are made available in Open Access.


Soon, the contents of the published symposia volumes will be available through the Portal’s aggregate search engine. The first two volumes, however, are already available as part of Brill’s Jesuit Studies book series.


Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding within the Society of Jesus offers an introductory essay and 12 chapters, all of which are available for download at no cost.

The chapters of the first volume include:


Francesco Benci and the Origins of Jesuit Neo-Latin Epic, by Paul Gwynne;

Exploring the Distinctiveness of Neo-Latin Jesuit Didactic Poetry in Naples: The Case of Nicolò Partenio Giannettasio, by Claudia Schindler;

Civic Education on Stage: Civic Values and Virtues in the Jesuit Schools of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, by Jolanta Rzegocka;

“Ask the Jesuits to Send Verses from Rome”: The Society’s Networks and the European Dissemination of Devotional Music, by Daniele V. Filippi;

Priestly Violence, Martyrdom, and Jesuits: The Case of Diego de Alfaro, S.J. (Paraguay 1639), by Andrew Redden;

Colonial Theodicy and the Jesuit Ascetic Ideal in José de Acosta’s Works on Spanish America, by Bryan Green;

Purple Silk and Black Cotton: Francisco Cabral, S.J., and the Negotiation of Jesuit Attire in Japan (1570–73), by Linda Zampol D’Ortia;

Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s Vida del P. Ignacio de Loyola (1583) and Literary Culture in Early Modern Spain, by Rady Roldán-Figueroa;

The Distinctiveness of the Society of Jesus’s Mission in Pedro de Ribadeneyra S.J.’s Historia ecclesiástica del schisma del Reyno de Inglaterra (1588), by Spencer J. Weinreich;

Discerning Skills: Psychological Insight at the Core of Jesuit Identity, by Cristiano Casalini;

Distinctive Contours of Jesuit Enlightenment in France, by Jeffrey D. Burson;

One Century of Science: The Jesuit Journal Brotéria (1902–2002), by Francisco Malta Romeiras and Henrique Leitão.


The second volume, Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Africa offers two introductory essays (one by Robert Maryks and the other by Festo Mkenda, S.J.) and 12 chapters, all of which are available for download at no cost.


Memories of Earlier Missions

Following in Jesuit Footsteps: British Expeditions to Ethiopia in the Early Victorian Era, by Jesse Sargent

A Protestant Verdict on the Jesuit Missionary Approach in Africa: David Livingstone and Memories of the Early Jesuit Presence in South Central Africa, by Festo Mkenda, S.J.

Encounters in Southern Africa

Jesuits and Protestants in South Africa, 1685–2015, by Anthony Egan, S.J.

Encounters between Jesuit and Protestant Missionaries in Their Approaches to Evangelization in Zambia, by Choobe Maambo, S.J.

Soror nostra es: Jesuits, Protestants, and Political Elites in Southern Africa among the Shona and the Ndebele, 1889–1900, by Aquinata Agonga

Jesuit Portraits of Protestant Missionary Activity in Southern Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, by Wilfred Sumani, S.J.

Encounters in Madagascar, Congo, and Fernando Po

Jesuits and Protestants in Nineteenth-Century Madagascar, by Jocelyn Rabeson, S.J.

Jesuit–Protestant Encounters in Colonial Congo in the Late Nineteenth Century: Perceptions, Prejudices, and the Competition for African Souls, by Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J.

The Adulteresses Were Reformers: The Perception and Position of Women in the Religious Fight of Fernando Po, 1843–1900, by Jean Luc Enyegue, S.J.