News in Jesuit Studies

The following are notices of significant events related to the field of Jesuit Studies.
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Deadlines are approaching for a workshop for young scholars, hosted at the Istituto Sangalli in Florence, and for doctoral fellowships on the history and philosophy of science, hosted by the Universidade de Lisboa.


Istituto Sangalli welcomes applications for a workshop entitled “Entangled Knowledges. Education and Culture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (XIVth-XIXth centuries).” This is the institute’s fifth annual workshop, with applications open to “young researchers in History, History of Education, History of Arts, Philology and History of Literature, and Religious Studies.” The workshop will take place at the Istituto Sangalli between October 2-4, 2019. The application deadline is May 31, 2019.

More information is available at the institute’s website: 



The Universidade de Lisboa is offering two doctoral fellowships on the theme of “Making the Earth Global: Early Modern Nautical Rutters and the Construction of a Global Concept of the Earth.” The fellowships–which could last as long as 48 months–are cosponsored by the European Research Council Executive Agency. Applications are welcomed from May 22-June 22, 2019.

More information is available on the promotional flyer.



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On May 10 in Rome, the Archivio Storico Provincia Euro-Mediterranea della Compagnia di Gesù hosts a scholarly conference on the late Jesuit historian Pietro Pirri (1881–1969). Other sponsoring institutions include the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu and the Centro Studi Giuseppe Gioachino Belli.


The event, featuring six presentations by seven experts, is entitled “‘Una vita unicamente dedicata alla scrittura’: Padre Pietro Pirri e La Battaglia del Pian Perduto.” A full program of the conference appears below.


The conference is followed, on May 24, with a reading of La Battaglia del Pian Perduto.


More details can be found on the event’s promotional flyer.



— Elio di Michele (Centro Studi Giuseppe Gioachino Belli)



— “Padre Pirri, S.I.,” Padre Paolo Monaco (Archivio Storico S.I. via Degli Astalli)

— “I Fondi Pirri negli Archivi dei Gesuiti,” Maria Macchi and Sergio Palagiano (Archivisiti S.I.)

— “Padre Pirri e gli esordi umbri,” Romano Cordella (Storico)

— “Padre Pirri e il rapporto Stato-Chiesa nel Risorgimento,” Giuseppe Monsagrati (Università di Roma)

— “Padre Pirri e l’Architettura gesuitica,” Veronica Balboni (Università di Ferrara)

— “Il dialetto de La Battaglia del Pian Perduto,” Giulio Vaccaro (Ricercatore CNR Firenze)

Applications are now accepted for three online courses offered by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies in 2019-2020. See here for an informational flyer.


Course Information

Social Justice in Jesuit Contexts takes place in Fall 2019. Led by Cristiano Casalini, the course examines the changing role of social justice throughout the history of the Society of Jesus and how Jesuits have understood their role to promote liberation from oppression as they have sought to fulfill “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.”


Jesuit Pedagogy, offered in Spring 2020 and also led by Casalini, considers the development of Jesuit educational endeavors and the tension between uniformity and adaptability that has led to the unprecedented success of Jesuit education.


Also offered in Spring 2020, Spiritual Exercises: Contents, Context, and Practice explores the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises and seeks to answer the question: How might greater knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises assist both in the formation of souls and a greater sense of mission for the building of God’s kingdom? The course is taught by Casey Beaumier, S.J., director of the Institute.



Application Process

Each course is three credits, with associated tuition, and financial assistance is available. Though credits may be applied towards a Certificate in Jesuit Studies, participants do not have to be enrolled in the certificate program to apply. If you have already participated in courses or if you are a Boston College student, please contact the Institute to indicate your interest.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Enrollment in each course is limited to 25 students.

To apply, please email (

– a statement of purpose (1,000-1,500 words), explaining what you hope to gain from the course

– a current CV, with your educational background

– and the name and contact information for the person recommending your application

And please arrange to have one letter of recommendation submitted directly by the recommender.




Please direct any questions to the Institute either by e-mail ( with “Certificate Program” as the subject) or by phone (617-552-2568).

More information is available on the Institute’s website: