RHOME - Representations of Home

ROAMRepresentations of Home Creative Journal

Autumn 2020

Call for Creative Submissions:

As a result of the pandemic, the RHOME 2020 Conference on Dislocation (22-23 October 2020) has been postponed. However, the good news is RHOME will launch the first issue of its new creative journal, ROAM, later this year.

Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and confinement, RHOME sees the need to continue its focus on the theme, the experience and the actuality of home, the place and abode that looms so large these days in the lives of everyone on the planet.

Our homes are being lived as never before, in different ways, as safe havens, sites of cosy domestic calm, or alternatively as places of containment, economic deprivation, even incarceration or violence. Many of us are separated from loved ones or deprived of our social gatherings and routines. We are also being challenged, being given time usually spent elsewhere to pass in our homes, to rediscover what our homes hold, explore new domestic skills, neglected hobbies, to sift and sort and to reassess our daily lives, what it is that makes up our selves, our values, and to recalibrate the interior and the exterior. This includes our broader social obligations, including to the less privileged and most threatened, the elderly, the disabled, the homeless in our home communities and abroad. While social distancing has imposed severe economic challenges on communities, travel restrictions have created new opportunities, a breathing place for nature and the environment, and re-evaluation of its place in our lives.

Our daily lives, with their humdrum of chores and challenges, are inspired by thought, creativity and the reinvention of forms, as evident in the social media. Randall Jarrell has written how poetry issues from “the dailiness of life,” (1955) and John Burnside how, at times of profound reassessment, it is a kind of “scavenging” (2018, 101) from our lives lived, in Rilke’s “here and below.”

In the spirit of our creative session in RHOME 2017, and in the light of these challenging new times, RHOME invites past and future participants to submit creative proposals inspired by home as it is being experienced in these days. The following themes might be addressed:

  • home and seclusion, haven, safety
  • home and containment, separation and exile
  • home and self, affect, self-development
  • home and community, egotism and altruism
  • home and nature, the environment
  • home and the body, health, illness, isolation

Creative pieces can be in the form of unpublished poems, short fiction, memoir, essay, photos or film. Proposals should be brief: prose should not exceed 1000 words, poetry ca. 25 lines (maximum 3 poems), film (5-10 minutes) and photos (maximum 3, high resolution, at least 2000 pix). Authors are welcome to record readings of their written work to be available on-line.

As part of the ongoing RHOME project, submissions will be considered for publication in RHOME’s on-line creative journal ROAM to be issued in Autumn 2020.

Submissions along with a bionote of 50 words should be sent to rephome[at] by 31/08/2020 with a subject heading “ROAM 2020 Creative submissions”. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 30/09/2020.


Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
24-25 June 2021
Over the last few decades, Medical Humanities (MH) have shown how aesthetic and humanistic tools can inform an approach to health and illness that places the clinical relation at the centre of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to healthcare.
Following recent developments in MH, the SHARE Project – Health and Humanities Acting Together – has been actively involved in this emergent area in terms of research, education / training and fieldwork, thus contributing to a narrative transformation of health and health care (Charon et al. 2017). At the end of an intensive three-year project with inter/national work and diversified activities, this final meeting offers a timely platform for sharing the outcomes of such involvement with an extended audience and for debating issues such as the limits and the potentialities of narrative within health care, the boundaries of MH and Narrative Medicine (NM), as well as the impact of using humanistic tools and methods in health care settings and educational contexts.
Given the general increase of MH around the world, as well as the crucial challenges this development poses and the academic opportunities it creates, this international conference will offer an adequate venue for other research groups, academics and projects from around the world to promote exchange of knowledge, research outputs and experiences. It will also create opportunities for networking and fostering future research collaborations.
The conference will bring together researchers coming from multidisciplinary, mutually fertilising domains, such as literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and bioethics. 
Accordingly, the conference target audience is mixed: from physicians and other healthcare professionals to medical humanities scholars and students.
This event will count on the presence of leading scholars in the MH and NM field, including the SHARE project consultant, Rita Charon.
We welcome paper and panel proposals in any of the following topics:
  • Rethinking narrative/ivity within health care
  • Using the knowledge and methods of the arts and humanities in the area of health sciences
  • Creating interdisciplinary educational programs
  • Sharing in-field activities and other applied tasks
  • Major ethical issues in the age of Big Data and AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Social impacts of Medical Humanities
  • Patient education and patients as educators
  • The limits of the representation of illness
  • Writing and confinement
  • Literature and pandemics
  • Art-based interventions in health care and other settings
  • Therapeutic uses of the arts
  • The impact of Medical Humanities on health care relationships and dynamics in practice
  • Science fiction and medical and ethical issues
The programme includes plenary sessions with keynote speakers, round-tables with guest speakers and parallel panels, through abstract submission.
Confirmed Speakers
Rita Charon
Katherine Hall
Lucy Caldwell
Manuel S. Marques
Brian Hurwitz
Marie-France Mamzer
Maria Giulia Marini
The paper and panel proposals will be reviewed by the Organising and Scientific Committee and by an external panel of experts and must include the following:
Paper proposals:
  • Title; summary (300 words); 4 key-words
  • Author(s) name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
  • Bio-bibliographical note (max. 150 words).
Panel proposals (3 to 4 papers):
  • Panel title; panel summary (250 words); 4 key-words
  • Convenor’s name, affiliation and e-mail
  • Authors’ name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
  • Paper title; paper summary (200 words); 4 key-words
  • Bio-bibliographical note of convenor and authors (max. 150 words each).
Languages: Portuguese and English
Important dates
Conference announcement (CFP):  11 May 2020
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 October 2020
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2021
Provisional programme: 15 May 2021
Final programme: 1 June 2021
Abstracts must be sent to the following e-mail: medhum[at]
28 February 2021: 100 euros
1 March to 31 April 2021: 150 euros
Students (Master, PhD): 30 euros
*Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.
SHARE Project | ULICES – University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
FLUL – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa / School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa / President’s Building of ULisboa
Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.

Science Fiction and Fantasy International Conference

Messengers from the Stars: Episode VI – “Nature and Overnature in Science Fiction and Fantasy”

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

November 26-27 2020


Science Fiction and Fantasy are acknowledged fields of inquiry that for long have allowed us to put to the test our contemporary perceptions of the world. As privileged means to question issues of aesthetic, ethical, political, social, economic, historical and environmental nature with great impact on contemporary societies, they have also promoted cutting edge approaches and rich critical debate in literature as well as cinema, TV and videogames among other media. Given the relevance of these fields in (and out) the academic field, the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) invites you to take part in the 6th International Conference Messengers From the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy to be held at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, on November 26-27, 2020. This year, Episode VI will focus on the theme “Nature and Overnature in SF and Fantasy Discourses.”

Since Humankind’s early days, our relationship with nature has undergone different stages. From fear and antagonism to deep integration or attempt at subjugation, human beings have tried to understand their environment and make the most of it. Therefore, in this year’s conference we aim at addressing the following questions: “What is our bond with Nature? Are we part of it or are we its destroyers?”; “What will be the consequences of our former and current actions towards Nature?”;  “Are we the dominant species or is it just a human delusion?”; “What is the connection between Nature and social environment?” Also, under scrutiny is our inner nature, either as an immaterial everlasting sector or as a mutable human feature: “In distancing ourselves from Nature are we losing our (natural) humanity?”; “Are we more or less naturally human than our ancestors?”; “How has technology challenged the nature of our humanity?”; “Are we becoming over-natural?”; “Is there a universal human nature or do we embrace plural human natures?”

These are ever present themes in Fantasy narratives, as masterly explored in Tolkien’s Legendarium and C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, as well as in many other 20th and 21st century authors, such as Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle. They are also at the core of many SF visions, since the very beginning of the genre with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau and John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, to name just a few.

Inspired by these pioneering texts and fed by advances in technology, such issues have become more and more complex in Fantasy and SF literature, cinema, TV series, comics and graphic novels, music, and other art forms. Moreover, we are witnessing a turning point in our relationship with nature, the most dramatic since our existence, which has clearly raised new doubts and anxieties but also new forms of self-awareness about our role in the world. This is the time to find responsible solutions able to create a healthier future for today’s and future generations.

We welcome papers of 20 minutes as well as joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 to 4 participants. Postgraduate and undergraduate students are also welcomed to participate.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence;
  • Ecocriticism;
  • Fantasy, SF and ethics;
  • Human nature and natural environment;
  • Nature/overnature and the human body;
  • Natural and social environment;
  • Utopias/Dystopias.



Individual papers, as well as thematic panel proposals, should have 250 words maximum and be sent to along with a short biographical note (100 words maximum) by May 29, 2020.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 5, 2020.

Working Languages: Portuguese and English


Representations of Home 3

“Where do we carry home now?”
Shifting perceptions of home

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Postponed sine die

Due to the current pandemic, the Representations of Home conference has been postponed and a new date will be duly announced.
RHOME Creative will soon issue an updated call for creative texts and images.
For more information, please contact rephome[at]