International Conference on Comparative Post-Colonial and Decolonial Studies: Homage to Professor David Brookshaw

Portuguese National Library , Lisbon, 2-3April 2020

Deadline for submissions: January 31st 2020.

Professor David Brookshaw (University of Bristol), Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol, has been a leading scholar in Lusophone Post-Colonial Studies and Comparative Studies for decades, and his ground-breaking research, which deals with most Portuguese-speaking countries, has been inspiring generations. David Brookshaw also translates novels by various authors from Portuguese, including Onésimo Almeida José Rodrigues Miguéis, Henrique de Senna Fernandes, and Mia Couto, whose recent novel Confession of the Lioness was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award.

We accept multidisciplinary proposals for 20-minutes presentations on topics from the following research areas, illustrative of the various areas of work of Professor Brookshaw:

  • (Comparative) Lusophone Post-Colonial Studies 
  • Anglo-Portuguese Studies
  • Translation Studies Decolonial Studies

Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Please send your proposals to: using “Brookshaw Conference” as subject.

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International Conference on Comparative Post-Colonial and Decolonial Studies

X Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture


Lisbon, July 6-11, 2020

Deadline for submissions: February 20, 2020

Recent years have been marked by an alarming escalation of environmental crises, turning climate change, pollution, the depletion of natural resources and mass extinction into some of the most urgent concerns of contemporary society. The X Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, under the topic “Ecoculture”, intends to reflect on the interrelation between culture and the environment, to examine the growing awareness of the negative impact of human activities and to discuss the necessity to rethink, reconceptualize and redefine the relationship between humans and the non-human world.  

The Lisbon Summer School invites proposals by doctoral students and post-docs that address, though may not be strictly limited to, the topics below:

  • Nature/culture
  • Environment in/and the arts
  • Representations of environmental crises and catastrophes
  • Ecocriticism
  • The Anthropocene
  • Climate change and global warming
  • Pollution, waste and rapidification
  • Extinction of species and living systems
  • Sustainability and ecocitizenship
  • Ecopolitics
  • Ecofeminism
  • Ecojustice
  • Ecotranslation
  • Activism, ecotage, ecoterrorism
  • Landscapes, environments and ecologies
  • Urban ecology
  • Cultural ecology and human ecology
  • Human, non-human, post-human
  • Natural and built environment
  • Digital environments
  • Scientific knowledge, skepticism and manipulation

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X Lisbon Summer School for the study of culture

Call for Papers “Crossing Borders with a New Medium: Radio and Imperial Identities”  7-8 May 2020

Deadline for Submissions: January 20, 2020

The emergence of radio introduced profound changes in public communication, changing patterns of information dissemination at local, national and international levels. While in the early 1920s broadcasting was mostly operated by small stations listened to by a small group of people who owned radio sets, before the end of the decade large stations had already emerged on the scene, aiming to reach nationwide or even international audiences. The audio medium soon became a central instrument in the construction and dissemination of national cultures and shared identities. While this was obviously the case in the interwar dictatorships, in Western democracies broadcasting (first radio and later on television) also took centre stage in the dissemination of popular culture and was seen as a powerful tool of propaganda and of creation of national identities (MacKenzie, 1986; Douglas, 1999; Scannell & Cardiff, 1991; Hilmes, 2008) as well as of imagined communities (Anderson, 1983). In the case of the Imperial nations this role was extended overseas with radio becoming the most important medium for uniting the home countries with those living in the far reaches of the empires, though not unproblematically.

Papers dealing with the following topics will be highly appreciated (non-exhaustive list):

  • Radio and national identities;
  • Imperial and colonial broadcasting institutions;
  • Radio professionals in imperial and colonial broadcasting contexts;
  • Programming in international broadcasts;
  • Reception of Imperial and colonial broadcasts;
  • Technologies used for international broadcasting;
  • Radio, ethnicity and race;
  • Radio and practices of resistance;
  • Broadcasting and colonial subjectivities;
  • Radio and colonial independences;
  • Radio and decolonization;
  • Media entanglements in imperial contexts;
  • Intermedial approaches to radio history in colonial contexts;
  • Media systems in colonial and decolonial settings;
  • Radio and music market in imperial and colonial contexts;
  • Challenges of oral history.
  • Sources and archives dealing with broadcasting in colonial settings;

For further information please visit: conference broadcasting empire

CfP Revista Estudos de Religião

O Instituto de Estudos de Religião da Universidade Católica Portuguesa está a colaborar, desde 2018, na edição da Revista de Estudos da Religião (PUC-São Paulo).

Nesse âmbito, é com gosto que lhe damos a conhecer a abertura de um dossier temático sobre o tema: O corpo em movimento – espiritualidade e transcendência.

Submissões: até 15 Janeiro de 2020

Alguns tópicos privilegiados:

  • O corpo ritualizado
  • O gesto cerimonial
  • Corpo – imanência e transcendência
  • Corpo, risco e transcendência
  • Disciplinas do corpo nas tradições religiosas
  • Religião, espiritualidade e práticas de intensidade física
  • Marcha e peregrinação ✓ Religião, espiritualidade e dança
  • Corpo, imaginários e novas espiritualidades
  • Interpretações religiosas do desporto e da atividade física
  • Heroicidades religiosas e desportivas
  • Significação religiosa, espiritual e estética da ação performativa

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IX Graduate Conference in Culture Studies

Building Narrative: Cultural Interfaces and Spatial Meaning

5–6 December 2019 | Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Lisbon

Deadline for Proposals Submission: July 15, 2019

Proposals should be no longer than 250 words and have to be sent to Your abstract will be peer reviewed and you will receive notification of acceptance as soon as possible thereafter, but no later than the end of July 2019. Upon acceptance, you will be requested to register and provide some personal details to finalize your registration.

The conference will be a two-day event, taking place at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. It is scheduled to take place on the 5th and 6th of December 2019.

Call for Papers

Crossing the perspectives of urban studies, cultural theory and narrative, connecting the fundamentals of architectural thought with a contemporary take on the built environment as a net of infrastructures, interfaces and lived experience, the conference proposes the interdisciplinary reflection on a hybrid territory, where buildings and discourses, practices and ideas, urban texts and literature are retraced in order to stimulate a deeper awareness of cultural spaces and their narratives.

In very concrete terms, the key question of the meeting is how to create a theoretical and ethical framework for emergent spaces and spatial practices where artistic, architectural and curatorial scopes engage in a dialogue in which the urban realms may become a more conceptually integrated and socially participated aesthetical experience.

We invite participants to address the following and related topics: 

  • Aesthetics of Cultural Spaces
  • Architectural Spectacle
  • Architecture in/for Culture
  • Architecture and Narrative
  • Architecture and Narrative in Photography
  • Art and Literature as Narratives in/about Urban Space
  • Artistic and Cultural Citizenship
  • Cultural Programing and Management 
  • Narrative and the City
  • Spatial Critique
  • Spatial Appropriation and Cultural Activism
  • Urban Design and Cultural Interfaces 
  • Urban Sensescape
  • Urban Narrative
  • Urban Text

For more information, updates and details, please visit:

building narrative Website 


2nd Winter School for the Study of Communication

Media and Uncertainty

Universidade Católica Portuguesa | 7-11 January 2020

Deadline for Proposals Submission: July 22, 2019
Deadline for Full Paper Submission: November 22, 2019

Jointly organized by the Faculty of Human Sciences (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), the Center for Media@Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania), the School of Journalism and Communication (Chinese University of Hong Kong), the Department of Media and Communications (London School of Economics and Political Science) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Helsinki), the Second Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication will take a comparative and global approach to the study of media and uncertainty across time.


The media today are troubled by uncertainty.

Externally, a growing sense of uncertainty draws from deep-seated questions about identity formation, increasing angst over the viability of familiar cultural, political and social formations and intensifying social and economic precarity and inequality. Ultimately, the risks and challenges posed by climate change expose an even deeper sense of risk, calling into question the usual cyclical social imaginations about risk, crisis and renewal.

Within media environments, uncertainty builds from the rapid unfolding and often unforeseen ramifications of digital technology, the collapse of traditional business models, new degrees of irrelevance, the emergence of new players and platforms, the development of new reception practices, changing expectations of what media are for and a shift in the very relationship of the media to the outside world in an era marked by widespread dis- and mis-information. The viability of media as we know them is up for grabs.

How and in what ways will the media – as institutions, as occupational and professional contexts, as a diverse set of practices – adapt to this age of uncertainty? Will the media continue to produce meaningful content, and if so in which ways? How will the media push back against political assault? Who will fund the media’s continued presence? Will new business models allow the media to play a central role in democratic societies, producing investigative journalism and relevant information on current affairs? How do we move forward in rebuilding public trust in the media, ensuring that they help sustain some kind of inclusive public space? How will audiences relate to and engage with different media platforms? How will new forms of media change and disrupt legacy media platforms? How will journalism report about uncertain and risky futures? How will political powers be held accountable? 

Questions like these fuel the imaginary that uncertainty introduces into considerations of the media, demanding global approaches to the different occupational, professional, economic, political, cultural and environmental contexts in which the media operate. Thus, the Second Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication will consider how uncertainty is molding the media in different geographies and how societies rely on the media to deal with moments of uncertainty.

 The Lisbon Winter School invites proposals by doctoral students and early career post-docs from all over the world that address, though may not be not be strictly limited to, the topic of media and uncertainty as it relates to:

  • Media and digital transformation
  • Emergent cultural, political and social formations
  • New business models
  • New notions of risk and resistance to it
  • Media and uncertainty throughout history
  • Online harassment
  • Alternative media forms and outlets
  • Media activism 
  • Reporting uncertainty 
  • Authoritarian media
  • Media and political accountability
  • Dis- and misinformation, fake news and hate speech
  • Environmental precarity



Proposals should be sent to no later than July 22, 2019 and include a paper title, extended abstract in English (700 words), name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning ongoing research. Applicants will be informed of the result of their submissions by September 20, 2019.



Presenters will be required to send in full papers (max. 20 pages, 1.5 spacing) by November 22, 2019.

 For more information please visit the Winter School website: