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ISSJR Inaugural Meeting

ISSJR Inaugural Meeting

Prospects for Research in Jesuit Rhetoric

Queen Mary University, July 26, 2017

Agenda for ISSJR Conference




                                                 ISSJR Steering Committee



Manfred Kraus (SC)

University of Tübingen, Germany

Rhetoric in the Jesuit Classroom (Curricula, Textbooks, Practical Exercises)


Rhetorical Textbooks in Jesuit Education

Cecilia de Miranda Coehlo (SC) Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Jesuit Rhetorical Scholarship from Brazil: the case of António Vieira 


Vieira/ Transatlantic Jesuit Rhetoric

Steve Mailloux (SC)

Loyola Marymount University, USA

Jesuit Theo-Rhetoric and the Euro-American Dialogue



American/ European Jesuit rhetorical theory


Small Group Research Report Presenters


Jaewon Ahn, University of Seoul, South Korea

New Rhetorical Work on the Chinese Rites Controversy


Mission rhetoric Asia/Valignano

Bartosz Awianowicz, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Jesuit Rhetoric on the border between Catholic Poland and Protestant German lands: Royal Prussia in 17th-18th century.

Rhetorical education 17-18th c

Pat Bizzell, Distinguished Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross, USA

Creating “Eloquentia Perfecta”: Theory and Practice of Jesuit Rhetoric


American Jesuit education

John Brereton, Professor Emeritus of English, U. Mass. Boston, USA  (SC)

Interests: 20th Century Jesuit Influences on the American Rhetorical Revival


American Jesuit education

Giulia Falato, Ph.D. Candidate, Sapienza University of Rome/ China

Instructing late Ming China literati through Western rhetorical strategies: Alfonso Vagnone’s S.J. cultural adaptation of chreiai and gnomai

Mission Rhetoric

Jesuit Rhetorical Exchange in Asia

Maureen Fitzsimmons PhD Student University of California, Irvine, USA

The Rhetorical Education of Californios by the Jesuits


Jesuit education: US 19th c.

José Eduardo Franco, Full Professor, Universidade Aberta, Lisboa, Portugal

Vanda Figueiroa,  Direction Adviser, International Society of Jesuit Studies.



Vieira Transatlantic Jesuit Rhetoric

Sacred rhetoric

Tim Green, Associate Professor, Northern Michigan Univ., USA        

Jesuit Rhetoric and the Translation of the Douay-Rheims Bible


Jesuit rhetoric and biblical translation

Deborah Holdstein (SC), Professor of English, Columbia College, Chicago, USA

Intersectional Perspectives: Jesuit and Jewish Rhetorical Traditions

An Overview of the Hebraic Sources of Jesuit Rhetoric

Hebraic sources of Jesuit rhetoric

Victor Houliston, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jesuit rhetoric; Protestant readers


English Jesuit-- Protestant exchange.

Michelle Kaczmarek, Graduate Student, Penn State University, USA

Beyond Words: Jesuit Grammar and the Rhetorical Construction of Language

Rhetorical Exchange in Asia/ Translation

Lucía Díaz Marroquín, Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Jesuit Rhetoric and the Expression of Emotion and Vocal Technique


Sacred rhetoric and elocution/ emotion

Aiko Okamoto-MacPhail, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian, Indiana Univ., USA

Jesuit Rhetorical Exchanges between France and Japan


Mission Rhetoric

Jesuit/ Rhetorical Exchange in Asia

Janika Päll, Sen. Research Fellow, University of Tartu, Estonia

The influence of the Society of Jesus on Greek studies in Great Sweden

Classical Rhetoric /

Reception theory

Belmiro Fernandes Pereira (SC), Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Jesuit Rhetorical Education before the 1599 Ratio Studiorum

Early European

Jesuit education

Anne Régent-Susini, Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Institut Universitaire de France

Early Modern French Jesuit Eulogies: Rhetorical forms, Multimodality, and Evolution.

Sacred rhetoric

Hanne Roer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Augustine in Jesuit rhetoric

Sacred Rhetoric

Reception theory

Aline Smeesters, FNRS Research Associate, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium  

17th Century Jesuit Neo-Latin Birth Celebrations


Sacred Rhetoric

Neo- Latin Jesuit Birth Encomia

Elizabethada Wright, Professor of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

Catholic Women Religious Impacts on Rhetorical Education: Interactions with the Jesuits



American Jesuit education

19th-20th/ Gender




Kate Adams, Professor of English, University of New Orleans Loyola, USA


Interests: 19th 20th C US Rhetorical Education


Murilo Alves, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil



Mirela Avdagic, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia


Interests: Renaissance and Early Modern Rhetorical Tradition influence on the 18th century rhetorical education in Balkans, more precisely, in Serbia. This region was predominantly under the Byzantine influence, yet the majority of handbooks used in teaching Rhetorics were based on Jesuit rhetorical tradition (Soarez's De arte Rhetorica, for example). I am studying the roots and branches of Jesuit Rhetorics to understand the dynamics of early rhetorical education in my country.


Martin Camper, Assistant Professor of Writing, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Interests: Applying interpretive stasis theory to historical instances in various segments of the Christian church since the 16th century where the official biblical position was completely reversed. These reversals are well known, but not the details of the many years of argumentative effort to accomplish them. I'm tracing how kinds of interpretive argument about textual meaning change in ecclesiastical debates over texts and non-religious textual debates evolved


Prof. Carla Castelli, Lingua e Letteratura greca, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia



Sophie Conte (SC), Associate Professor, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

Interests: Sacred Rhetoric (French Jesuit rhetors: Nicolas Caussin, Louis de Cressolles) / Early European Jesuit education


Violeta Perez Custodio, Universidad de Cadiz, Spain

Interests: Jesuit Rhetorical Handbooks from the XVII and XVIII Centuries. Progymnasmata. Translation of Francisco de Castro’s rhetoric (1618)


Francoise Douay, Professor Emerita, Université d’Aix-Marseille, France

Interests: 18th and 19th C Jesuit Rhetorical History


Cinthia Gannett (SC), Professor Emerita, Fairfield University, USA

Interests: Histories and Historiographies of Jesuit Rhetoric, Jesuit Rhetorical Texts and Education


Yasmin Haskell, Professor of Latin

University of Bristol

Interests: Vineyards of Verse: Jesuit Rhetoric and Neo-Latin Literary Production



John Joseph Jasso, Assistant Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Interests: Jesuit rhetorical engagements with English authors/ works.


Jordan Loveridge

Assistant Professor of Communication and English,

Mount Saint Mary’s University, MD

Interests: St Thomas Aquinas


Ana Lucia Machado de Oliveira, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil



Asunción Sanchez Manzano, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, León, Spain

Interests: Jesuit Rhetorical Concepts (Classical reception theory) / Development of the Literature in Spain and across Europe.


Margarida Miranda, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Interests: Early Jesuit rhetorics at Coimbra / Earliest Jesuit theatre and Miguel Venegas, S.J


Stella Oh, Associate Professor & Director of the Core Curriculum, Loyola Marymount University, USA

Interests: Effects of Post Colonial and Global Jesuit Rhetorics




Tom Pace, Associate Professor of English, John Carroll University, USA

Interests: American Jesuit rhetorical education/ Jesuit stylistics and grammar


Carlota Miranda Urbano, Prof. Auxiliar da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Interests: Rhetoric and hagiographic poetry of the Society of Jesus in the Colégio de Coimbra / Jesuit rhetoric and literary studies



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