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Oxford, Workshop, 20-23 September 2017 February 20, 2017

Call for Applications for an International Workshop
on the History of Christianity in East Asia at the University of Oxford




The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco in collaboration with the China Centre at the University of Oxford will hold a four-day international workshop at Oxford from September 20 through September 23, 2017.


We are inviting post-doctoral level scholars and junior faculty members with their research focus on Christianity in East Asia who are currently preparing a book manuscript for publication to apply. This workshop is part of a four-year project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The project is entitled, “Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia: Bridging a New Generation of Scholars and Scholarship” and is administered by the Ricci Institute.


For detailed information about how to apply, please download the attached PDF document.


For more information about the various initiatives that are part of the project, please also visit:www.ricci-institute.org


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Belgium, Liège, Conference, 23-24 February, 2017 January 23, 2017

Winning Back with Books and Prints.

At the Heart of the Catholic Reformation in the Low Countries (16th - 17th centuries)

Liège, 23-24 February, 2017


Program http://web.philo.ulg.ac.be/transitions/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/12/reconquete_par_le_livre_programme.pdf

ften considered as the first phenomenon of mass media in history, the use of the printing press by Protestants has been widely studied and has generated an abundant bibliography. In contrast, the production and use of books and printed images by the partisans of the Catholic Reformation have not received the attention they deserve, especially in the context of the Low Countries. Though there are studies on a few core figures - such as Christopher Plantin - or a few important publishing enterprises, many other less well-known cases are still as yet unstudied. However, these need to be addressed in order better to apprehend the extent, dynamism and underlying mechanisms of the processes set up to support Catholic Reform. This symposium aims to take an interdisciplinary approach in order to deal with the complexity of this phenomenon. Organised by the Research Unit Transitions of the University of Liège, in partnership with the FNRS group « Documents rares et précieux », the symposium will take place in the context of Liège’s celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the early Reformation.

More info:

Renaud Adam  and Rosa De Marco


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Leiden, Symposium, 15-16 September 2017_CfP December 26, 2016

Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West

Leiden, 15-16 September 2017

Call for papers (deadline: 15 February 2017)

Topics of the symposium are: • What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map • Asian cartographic traditions • Asian toponomy and cartography • Cartography and intercultural contact • Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia • Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan • and all papers of merit 

All inquiries can be directed to m.storms@library.leidenuniv.nl. 


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Oxford, Conference, 10-11 March, 2017_CfP December 19, 2016

Call for Papers: Prison/Exile: Controlled Spaces in Early Modern Europe
10–11 March 2017 | Ertegun House, University of Oxford

Call for papers (deadline 9 January 2017)


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Madrid, congress, 24-26 January 2017 December 05, 2016

International congress on Juan Andres, S.J. at the Complutense University


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Madrid, International Conference, 18-19 May 2017_CfP December 05, 2016

International Conference: Before Orientalism: The “images” of Islam in the Iberian Peninsula (15th–17th c) and their Mediterranean connections

Fundación BBVA. Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca.
Paseo de Recoletos 10, Madrid

18 and 19 May 2017

In recent years, the study of religious otherness has experienced a significant surge. Regarding the perception of Islam in Europe, the Romantic dichotomous vision between the orientalist attraction and the rejection and hatred is being left behind. The purpose of this conference is to analyse, from a pluri-disciplinary perspective, which conceptions or images of Islam were developed, from the end of the Middle Ages to the decline of the Austria dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean enclaves closely connected to the Hispanic Crown. The aim of this event is to analyse the stereotypes, which have traditionally limited historical studies; and also, the dissociation between the imaged produced by literature and the visual discourses of several social strata which were in closer contact with Islam.

The topics addressed during the conference will be:

  1. How the (literary and visual) image of Islam was created and developed in the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th to 17th centuries.
  2. The convergences and divergences between the spheres of the letters and the arts.
  3. The value of stereotypes in the building of the image and identity of Muslims.
  4. The weight of 19th century literary and artistic historiography in the blurring of the Medieval and Modern images of religious otherness.
  5. The contribution of 16th and 17th orientalist images in the later construction of 19th century orientalism.
  6. Is it possible to elaborate a cartography of the representations of Muslims in the different Hispanic territories?
  7. Was there an invisible Islam? How was it materialized?

Call for papers
Papers submitted must be of maximum 500 words in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief summary of the research record of the author, and main publications. Deadline is 1st February 2017. Acceptance of papers will be communicated 10th February. The papers must be submitted to proyecto.impi@gmail.com. Oral communications will be 15-20 minutes.

The inscription fee is 50 €. Inscription entitles to attendance and publication of the texts (once approved by peer review procedure). To participate in the publication it is necessary to attend the conference to present the paper. News related to this conference will be published in https://impi.hypotheses.org/.



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UK, London, International conference, 28-30 June 2017_CfP November 21, 2016

Early Modern Orders and Disorders: Religious Orders and British and Irish Catholicism

Venue: University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK

28-30 June, 2017

Call for Papers

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. Panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to Cormac Begadon by 27 January 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly


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Cadiz, International Conference 250 years expulsion, 4-6 April 2017 June 30, 2016

International Conference 
250th anniversary of the explusion of the Jesuits by Carlos III

El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) 
4-6 April 2017


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Leuven, International BABEL conference, 31 May-3 June 2017 June 29, 2016

International conference 

Ocularism and the Metaphysics of Light 

University of Leuven 

31 May to 3 June,  2017


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Belgium, Ghent, workshop 1-2 June, 2017 June 29, 2016

Winning Hearts and Minds: Multimedia Events, Religious Communication and the Urban Context in the Long Sixteenth Century

Place: Ghent, Belgium
Date : 1-2 June 2017
Deadline : November 1, 2016


During the long sixteenth century a media revolution took place that offered unprecedented possibilities to adopt, express and exchange ideas and opinions, often of a religious nature. Many studies have revealed the importance of media such as script, print, images, theatre, songs, ritual, preaching, rumours, etc. Yet, media, an aspect of early modern communication we fail to grasp due to the institutionalisation of academic disciplines, never function in isolation. A real understanding of how different media interacted and functioned in specific settings is therefore still lacking. In this workshop, we propose to look at the phenomenon of multimediality during the long sixteenth century by focusing on the micro-level of specific multimedia events (or series of events) that took place in an urban setting, such as civic festivals, religious ceremonies, public sermons, urban revolts, executions of heretics and book burnings. The multimedial character may consist of:

  1. The combination of different media (oral, scripted and printed announcements) to mobilize people before the event;
  2. The combination of different media (theatre, songs, preaching, ritual, etc.) to express religious ideas during the event;
  3. The combination of different media (printed, handwritten and illustrated pamphlets, book volumes, chronicles, letters, rumours, etc.) after the event to publicize, comment upon and evaluate or rather to prevent further publicity (e.g. official ordinances, the Index).

In many cases this dialectic process of action and reaction occasioned broad public discussion and could even result in a “media hype”.

This workshop’s presupposition is that the combination and interaction of various media, i.e. multimedia practices, were not only responsible for the wide and varied dissemination of opinions and ideas, but also had an impact on how these opinions and ideas were interpreted by various media consumers and thus shaped new communities of interpretation.

We invite proposals of about 500 words on a specific religiously inspired multimedia event or series of events that reflect upon one or more of the following questions:

  • How did different media interact: what were the dynamics between different media, e.g. transpositions from performance to script or print or vice versa?
  • Which media producers were involved, e.g. individuals such as street singers, poets, playwrights, preachers, collective bodies such as confraternities and guilds, but also secular and religious authorities?
  • What was the role of urban public space, e.g. market places, streets, city halls, churches?
  • What was the nature of the messages transmitted, e.g. inclusive or exclusive, atoning or polemical?
  • What do these multimedia events teach us about the consumption and reception of ideas, both in a social and in a cultural sense?
  • How did the combination of different media affect the perception/reception of and reaction to the events in the context in which they were used?
  • What media transformations took place during the long sixteenth century: was there a rise or decline of specific media and, more specifically, of clusters of multimedia?

The number of papers foreseen for this two-day meeting is approximately twenty. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 1, 2016.

Travel and subsistence expenses will (under certain conditions) be reimbursed to participants who are members of COST Action 1301 or who are based in countries participating in this COST Action.

Organizing committee: Samuel Mareel, Bart Ramakers, Anne-Laure Van Bruaene, Louise Vermeersch

WG2 coordination: Elise Boillet, Lucie Dolezalova, Ian Johnson, Géraldine Veysseyre

Proposals are to be sent jointly to:

louise.vermeersch@ugent.be and elise.boillet@univ-tours.fr


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Rome, 6-7 June 2017, International Conference June 28, 2016

North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

Rome, June 6-7, 2017 

Call for Papers ended

The Cushwa Center invites interested scholars to submit proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the presence in the Eternal City of individuals as well as communities originating from present-day England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States.



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Boston, International Symposium, June 14-18, 2017, CFP June 27, 2016

International Symposium on Jesuit Studies

Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Asia and the Americas

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College
June 14-18, 2017

Call for Papers ended

The approaching 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (1517) provides an ideal opportunity to reflect in a deeper and new way on the history of the relationship between the Protestants and the Jesuits who were founded twenty-three years later (1540). For better or worse, much ink has been used to write about their animosity, especially in the European context. While this important historical chapter will be explored in other venues, the international symposium at Boston College aims to re-examine the encounters between the Jesuits and the Protestants and their respective traditions in the context of Asia and the Americas.

Supported by the Catholic monarchies of Portugal, Spain, and France, the Jesuit order played a significant role in bringing Christianity and European culture, sciences, and the arts to Asia and the Americas from the sixteenth through to the late eighteenth century, when a Franciscan pope suppressed the Jesuits. After the restoration of the order by another pope (1814), the Jesuits returned to several Asian and American countries at various historical moments, and they found more Protestant missionaries than they left a few decades earlier. Indeed, the latter intensified their missionary efforts through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with the rise of the imperial powers of Great Britain, France, and the US in those regions. This historical development lends itself to an obvious comparison between the Jesuit and Protestant methods of presenting Christianity to Asian and American societies. 

In spite of the variety of missionary methods within the Society of Jesus itself, accommodation became a trademark of Jesuit missions. Knowing that charges of syncretism were a mainstay of Protestant anti-Jesuit polemic, a question that comes to mind, then, is what was the extent to which the generations of Protestant missionaries in Asia and the Americas adopted more traditional Jesuit approaches to cultural accommodation. What were their approaches to studying and codifying local languages, to transmitting Western science? What was the relationship between missionaries and political/commercial elites on both sides of the confessional divide? When the Jesuits themselves began rebuilding their missions after the restoration? Did they continue their pre-suppression traditions?

The cooperation and conflict between the Dutch merchants and the Jesuit missionaries in Japan appear to be better studied but can the same be said about the encounters between the Jesuits and the Protestant Dutch missionaries in Taiwan and Malacca, or between the Jesuits and the German Pietist missions in China and India? How did the Jesuits relate to their Protestant colleagues in the competition to gain Asian souls, say, in late nineteenth-century Korea

The relationship between the Society of Jesus and Protestants in the Americas also requires more inquiry. Did Jesuits and Protestants interact in the American setting, and how? Did the encounter with Protestantism and the Reformation affect the Jesuit approach to Native American peoples? In the Americas, the ambitious colonies of expansive European empires confronted each other through colliding religious visions, programs, and propaganda. The image of the Jesuit, so prominent in European confessional conflict, similarly inspired Catholics and provoked Protestants throughout the Americas. Did the patterns set by the Reformations have continued during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Following the restoration of the Society of Jesus in the nineteenth century, its members participated in missionary and educational projects throughout North America and the heavily Protestant United States. In the late twentieth century, Evangelical and Pentecostal missionaries led a sweeping Protestant revival throughout Catholic Latin America, changing a religious landscape that had endured for half a millennium. The questions to be asked of Jesuit and Protestant encounters in Asia and the Americas from the sixteenth century to the present are many; the answers, however, are few.


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Kiel, ICTAM IX, 6-12 August 2017 June 26, 2016

Proposal for panels sent 5/27/2016, panel accepted 8/24/2016

Kiel 2017

The 9th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicines (ICTAM IX) will be held in the city of Kiel, Germany from 6th to 12th August 2017.

Chairs: Franz Obermeier / Eliane Deckman-Fleck



Jesuit colonial medicine in South America: a multidisciplinary and comparative approach.

The Jesuit reductions of Paraguay and adjacent territories in nowadays Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina (1608-1767) are a particular well-documented area of encounter between Jesuit missionaries and indigenous populations mainly Guarani (and other such as Abipones, or in: Bolivia: Chiquitos, Mojos). A rich architectonical heritage from the Jesuit missions is still extant, the remaining ruins have been declared by UNESCO Cultural Patrimony of Humankind in 1993.

Research about Jesuit reductions of Paraguay has been limited for a long time mainly to religious texts or the linguistic works of Antonio Ruiz de Montoya and Pablo Restivo about the Guarani language most of the Indians spoke. In recent years, however, numerous secular texts have been rediscovered and encountered increasing interest, especially since they have been hitherto largely ignored, given the fact that some of these texts haven’t been available to the public or are part of collections with difficult access. Most of recently rediscovered manuscripts are not yet critically edited.

A neglected field of research is to be seen in the documents about medicine and pharmacy. Our workshop tries to approach these valuable documents from a multidisciplinary point of view: philology, history of science and medicine, emotional and pain research, indigenous languages and literacy reflected in these manuscripts.

A first attempt will be made to draw an inventory of the available material. Most medical and pharmaceutical manuscripts originate from the first half of the 18th century. They have traditional adscriptions to Jesuit authors but a close examination will put this partly in question. These manuscripts integrate indigenous medicine and show us an insight in the close relationship between traditional indigenous medicine, Jesuit medicine in the missions and a popular medical tradition amongst the Spaniards living in the region.

We have texts mainly in Spanish but also a pharmaceutical manuscript in Guarani, ascribed to the Lay Brother Marcos Villodas (1695-1741) and dated 1725, not yet edited. When the first important text on the topic by the physician Pedro de Montenegro (1663-1728) was rediscovered in the 19th century it was called "Materia Medica misionera" in its first edition, the designation was later applied to the whole document type. Different manuscript versions, some with illustrations, of this text exist.  We also have a huge range of other types of medical manuscripts from "dispensatorios", practical recipe collections, examples of popular use, up to the recently rediscovered anonymous Spanish Tratado de ... cirurgia, dated 1725 and related to the missions, which represents one major source about history of medicine in the region. This obviously raises questions about the chosen languages (Spanish or Guarani), the importance of medicine for the history of science in the region, and about considering emotional aspects in pain research and case studies reported in these documents. We still know little into which degree local medical knowledge by the autochthonous Guarani population was provided in these texts. A new field of research in indigenous scripturality will have to take account of these documents even if they seem to be written mainly by bilingual authors, Spaniards born in the region or mestizos who also spoke the Indigenous language.

We thus have the unique situation that focusing on the La Plata medicine we may provide for specialists in Asian medical traditions a valuable comparison on how colonial society, Jesuit missions and indigenous populations coming from an alliterate background interacted in the field of medicine and pharmacy. We will see how a local network linked to traditional European knowledge was formed which outlasted the presence of the Jesuits and together with traditional indigenous medicine inspired a lively local tradition of popular medicine in the region up to now. We are looking forward to learn about research results in similar developments in the Asian history of medicine and pharmacy or other sciences with specialists and hope they may for their part profit from our experience concerning the rich  Latin American documentation.

We are intending to publish the contributions digitally in a repository providing free access after the congress.

Congress languages: English, if need be with resuming consecutive translation from Spanish and Portuguese contributions.


1)      Dr.Franz Obermeier (org.)

Librarian University Library Kiel, specialist for Argentine colonial manuscripts and cultural transfer between Europe and South America. Member of the research group Proyecto Kuatia Ymaguare (PEKY), “Libros del pasado”, edition of  early documents in Guarani, University Kiel. Member of the research group Ceres, University Kiel (Renaissance literature).

obermeier@ub.uni-kiel.de / Tel.: +49-431/880-542 Universitätsbibliothek Kiel / Leibnizstr. 9 / 24118 Kiel

Digital publications http://macau.uni-kiel.de/

Short CV: https://www.uni-kiel.de/ceres/obermeier.htm


2)      Profª Drª Eliane Cristina Deckmann Fleck (org.)

Programa de Pós-Graduação em História

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS

São Leopoldo, Brazil

+(51) 3591 8411 1190

Historian, specialist of colonial medicine in the La Plata-region.


CV (CV Lattès, Portuguese) to be found at:



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Proceedings 2009 Conference December 05, 2012

Rob Faesen, Leo Kenis (eds.), The Jesuits of the Low Countries: Identity and Impact (1540-1773). Proceedings of the International Congress at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven (3-5 December 2009). Leuven-Paris-Walpole: Peeters, 2012.

ISBN 978-90-429-2698-1

For separate articles, see Research pages. For the articles not contained in the book, see Web Publishing pages.


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Jesuit timelines for sale December 05, 2012

Fr. Robert Hermans SJ has coordinated the production of several timelines for his history classes. Two of these seem to us of particular interest to jesuitica researchers and may  even prove to be indispensable, once you have come to discover them. Click on to the Info pages to see more details and to see snapshots of each of them.


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Reference works for sale December 05, 2012

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Leuven 2009 Jesuitica conference and beyond... May 07, 2010

Follow link to Info section to read latest updates on 2009 Conference



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