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CfP: Jesuits and Their Families

Wednesday, January 10, 2018   (0 Comments)

CfP: Jesuits and Their Families

We invite papers for the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 1–4, 2018. The panel, “Jesuits and Their Families,” will be sponsored by the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus explicitly state that “everyone who enters the Society...should leave his father, mother, brother, sister, and whatever he had in the world.” And yet Jesuit correspondence and other sources provide abundant evidence that complete detachment was far from universal. The purpose of this panel is to consider the tensions between kinship bonds and the Jesuits’ apostolic charism.

More generally, papers might address how Jesuit sources can contribute to debates about the affective character of the early modern family. We invite papers on a range of themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • parental support or opposition to a Jesuit vocation
  • Jesuits and family economic strategies
  • biological families within the order (brothers, cousins, uncles, and nephews who were Jesuits)
  • fictive families (spiritual siblings, mothers, and fathers)
  • Jesuits and the Ariès/Stone paradigm (i.e., the thesis of weak affective bonding in early modern families)
  • family piety and the Jesuit vocation
  • secret families
  • family necrologies and biographies
  • the rhetoric of the Order as spiritual family

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and presented in English. Please send a title, short abstract (150–300 words), and a short CV (no more than 2 pages) to Alison Weber: apw@virginia.edu by March 1, 2018.


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