On October 16-19, 2014, Loyola University Chicago will hold a major conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814. The conference aims at locating works –- of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women’s religious orders -– within the specific experiential context of building an American nation. The stories of these men and women provide studies in what Thomas Tweed has termed "Crossing and Dwelling" (2006): refugees from European exclusions; transatlantic immigrants; multilingual and transnational identities; settlers in ethnic urban cores; boundary-dwellers in frontier peripheries.
A call for papers will be forthcoming later in Fall 2013. In order to give examples of historiographical approaches the conference hopes to foster, a Tumblr has been set up: http://jesuitrestoration2014.tumblr.com/. Scholars are invited to post reports of research in progress, forthcoming dissertations, archival possibilities, and other emerging resources.
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