Thursday Seminar: Voices of the Early Modern World: What does Jesuit "Accommodatio" Offer?


Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


I Tatti
Engraving, Cornelis Bloemaert, frontispiece (detail), Daniello Bartoli SJ, Istoria della Compagnia di Gesù: L’Asia.

Speaker: Camilla Russell (Roman Jesuit Archive)

This seminar explores the Jesuit method of accommodatio, which entailed adaptation to local cultural forms and social practices as part of the core aim of bringing about conversion to the Catholic faith. This practice generated scores of records by Jesuits about the populations in regions where they worked. Focusing on a selection of specific cases, the seminar discusses these records as potentially useful, if problematic sources in the search for voices from the early modern past.

Camilla Russell (Hanna Kiel Fellow, 2008/09) is based in Rome and works as the Publications Editor for Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu (IHSI) at the Roman Jesuit Archive. She is the author of Being a Jesuit in Renaissance Italy: Biographical Writing in the Early Global Age (Harvard University Press - I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History, 2022) and Giulia Gonzaga and the Religious Controversies of Sixteenth Century Italy (Brepols, 2006).


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