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RSA 2020 Seminar: Indigenous Responses to Jesuit Ministries in Overseas Missions

Posted By Robert A. Maryks, Thursday, June 20, 2019

In recent decades, high-level scholarship on Jesuit global missions, especially those in early modern period, has been undoubtedly very prolific. This is due in part to a uniquely large collections of archival material the Jesuits left behind, for the Roman Curia of the Society of Jesus had established a system of regular letter-writing. Parts of their reports were copied, translated, and disseminated around the world. Moreover, the Jesuit missionaries, characterized by high level of mobility, were often avid writers about indigenous cultures and history they explored while living among them and speaking their languages.

In contrast, we do know relatively little about how the indigenous people perceived the encounters with European Jesuit missionaries. The goal of this seminar is to encourage dialogue across disciplines, such as visual arts, architecture, music, linguistics, philosophy, and theology, among others, and open up new fields of scholarly investigation, so that we begin to gain a fuller picture of the encounters between indigenous peoples and Jesuit missionaries and fill the current historiographical lacunae.

How to submit: RSA members will have the opportunity to submit individual paper abstracts for inclusion in this seminar through the submissions web site (opening soon, deadline 15 August 2019). Questions about the seminar topic before this date can be sent to the seminar organizer Dr. Robert A. Maryks,

Questions about the general submission process for RSA 2020 seminar papers can also be directed to before the August 15 deadline. If your paper is not selected for inclusion in the seminar, it will by default roll over into the general submissions pool, to be reviewed for inclusion in a standard panel session.

Tags:  historiography  indigenous peoples  jesuits  missions  seminars  Society of Jesus 

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