XXX SEDERI Conference Brave New Worlds: Early Modern Discoveries

Lisbon, Portugal | 8-10 May, 2019



We are pleased to announce that the 30th SEDERI Conference will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Portugal, on 8-10 May 2019.

The Conference title – Brave New Worlds: Early Modern Discoveries – addresses in the first instance the momentous challenges of the age and the sense of novelty that characterised the period’s exploration of seas, islands and continents. But ‘discovery’ also encompasses other encounters between self and world through the mediation of renewed systems of learning, like philosophy, philology, poetry, history or science. This conference focuses primarily on ideas and social practices around discovery and travel, such as cultural encounters, new geographies, overseas trade, otherness and identity; it also aims to reflect on a pioneering cultural poetics that fused traditional forms and new media to express the certainties, perplexities and contradictions of the age’s advancements.

The following Plenary Speakers have already confirmed their participation:

JAMES LOXLEY (University of Edinburgh, UK)
JYOTSNA G. SINGH (Michigan State University, USA)
SARAH KNIGHT ((University of Leicester, UK)

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and round table discussions in English, on the following topics:

• Travel writing and early modern geographies.

• Trade, traffic and exchange: material culture in Tudor and Stuart England.

• Building identities and discovering the alien in the early modern period.

• Cross-cultural encounters: self and other(s).

• Utopia(s) and other elsewheres.

• Early modern epistemologies: magic, philosophy, science.

• Anglo-Iberian relations and diplomacy.

• Textual explorations: early modern arts of discourse.

• Visual poetics: emblem books and iconography.

• Local and global discoveries.

• Negotiations of gender in early modern England.

• New worlds for a new nation.


Proposals must be sent as an e-mail attachment (doc; docx; pages) to before 20 February and contain the following information:

– the author’s name and institutional affiliation;
– the full title of the paper;
– a 200-word abstract;
– a short biographical note (100 words);
– the author’s postal and electronic addresses;
– technical requirements for the presentation. All the rooms will be equipped with computers and video projectors, but please save your presentations in Power Point 97 – 2003 (Mac or Windows). However, if you are using a Mac, please bring your own adapter cable.

Further information will be soon available at the Conference webpage:

Angélica Varandas; Diana Marques; Maria de Jesus C. Relvas; Miguel Ramalhete Gomes; Sara Henriques; Susana Oliveira.

Adelaide Meira Serras (U Lisboa); Berta Cano Echevarría (U Valladolid); Francisco Borge (U Oviedo); Jorge Figueroa Dorrego (U Vigo); María José Mora Sena (U Sevilla); Pilar Cuder-Domínguez (U Huelva); Rui Carvalho Homem (U Porto).



The Street and the City – Encounters

Third International Conference
11-12 April 2019

The Street and the City – Encounters is the third in a series of multidisciplinary conferences devoted to the study of cities and the ways of living that have evolved in them over time. Although English Studies play a central role in this conference series, both from the cultural and the geographical points of view, all contributions related to the topic will be considered, in line with the previous conferences: The Street and the City – Awakenings and The Street and The City – Thresholds generated strong interest among researchers from a wide range of disciplines such as literature and cinema, tourism, architecture and sociology. This third conference aims to continue to explore the theme of the street and the city in all its plurality, taking into account its different dynamics.

     Throughout the ages, cities have been discursive spaces in which cultural experiences and dialogues unfold, uniting diverse people in their public spaces. Their arteries, the streets, the squares where they converge embrace both individuals and groups that experience the current mobility, whether they are there, for instance, through the touristic impulses of exploration or novelty, or because their occupation or business lead them there, or to help others who are trapped or threatened by the perils and privation of the city. Between idle wanderings and diaspora, consequence of the ultimate lottery of reigning antagonisms, the city receives and reinvents itself with its citizens, both permanent and temporary.

     Vortices of multicultural encounters and confrontations, cities are equally physical structures, the fruits of evolving projects and technologies, or even art objects. Hence, the dynamics and the challenges of urban areas continue to generate questions among researchers regarding, for instance, aspects of identity representation, aesthetical and political expressions, as well as how the city is created, interpreted and appreciated. Therefore, studies of such complex urban dynamics have become extremely diverse, fostering a range of perspectives regarding the spaces in which we move and with which we identify.

      This conference keeps its primary goal of fostering the interdisciplinary debate within the field of English Studies, acting as a productive space for disseminating the most recent academic research concerning Cultural Studies, Urban Studies and Tourism, as well as other fields of interest related to cities, their spaces and cultures. In addition to encouraging the dialogue between different scientific perspectives, the Organising Committee wishes to promote informal networking gatherings among its participants.

     We welcome proposals for papers on topics and themes of interest related to the Street and/or the Citythat include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  1. Architectural encounters in the street and the city
  2. Fashion encounters in the street and the city
  3. Filmic encounters in the street and the city
  4. Literary encounters in the street and the city
  5. Political encounters in the street and the city
  6. Technological encounters in the street and the city
  7. Touristic encounters in the street and the city
  8. Visual encounters in the street and the city

We welcome proposals for papers, pre-organised panels, and roundtables (20 minutes per speaker) by 4th February 2019 (extented deadline), to be submitted on the conference webpage:

Individual papers (twenty-minute duration): Abstracts of 300 words; please include the full title of your paper, name, institutional affiliation, contact information (postal address and e-mail address) and a biographical note (max. 100 words).

Panels of three speakers plus a chairperson. Please include a brief description of the panel (300 words) and a 300-word abstract and a biographical note for each speaker (max. 100 words each).

Round tables of up to four speakers plus a chairperson (twenty minutes per speaker). Please include a 500-word proposal and a biographical note for each speaker (max. 100 words each).

Conference languages: English and Portuguese

Contact e-mail:

Selected peer-reviewed publication.




Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman, and All the Intrepid Sailors

July 3-5, 2019

School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon


Herman Melville (1819-1891), sailor and writer, plowed the ocean as a tablet to be read, gazing at the white page where unfathomable characters surface to the eyes of the puzzled reader. “Captain” Walt Whitman (1819-1892), on the other hand, writing “in cabin’d ships at sea,” broke open and passed the divide between in- and out-of-doors, as he urged his book to “speed on.” Both were born 200 years ago.

ULICES' Research Group in American Studies is pleased to announce the international conference and exhibition “Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors,” to be held on 3-5 July, 2019. We aim to foreground the international afterlife of both authors and their contribution to the interconnectedness between the arts, sciences, human philosophy and history, with a special focus on the imagination and memory of the oceans. In line with one of the group’s main axes of research, “(Re)imagining shared pasts over the sea and across borders: dialogue, reception and projections between the USA, the Americas, and Europe,” the title “Over_Seas” accommodates an eagerness to pore over the depths of wild and cultured nature(s), as well as the transatlantic and transnational dynamics that Melville, Whitman, and various writers on both sides of the Atlantic have helped to shape. In Portugal, the Atlantic will also be the subject of a special celebration in 2019, the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães’s circumnavigation voyage.

The events of our conference will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese National Library, and other public spaces devoted to cultural dissemination and to the promotion of the vital resources within our ocean(s).

This bicentennial celebration aims to bring together scholars with expertise not only in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, but also in areas related with the broader and interdisciplinary themes envisaged by the conference itself. Participation of junior researchers and students is especially welcome.  We invite submissions of abstracts for panel sessions (up to 1000 words), roundtables, papers and posters (up to 300 words) to be sent to, with the following information, in a word document, double-spaced, times new roman, 12:

. full title of paper, panel or poster (centered);
. full name of author (centered, after the title);
. institutional affiliation (after the name);
. individual e-mail address(es) (centered, after name and institutional affiliation);
. audiovisual or other requirements;
. brief bio (max. 5 lines)

Suggested, but by no means exclusive, topics are:

  • Dialogue and tension in Melville and Whitman: their texts as an ocean and/or vessel;
  • Home, overseas and at sea: Melville, Whitman, and/or other 19th century US writers (also in dialogue with writers overseas who addressed the sea in their writings);
  • The ocean(s) and/or sea in literature, arts and sciences;
  • The ocean(s), what goes on within, down deep, what moves across and more – wilderness, chaos, death, shipwreck, rage vs. fantasy, freedom, voyage, nourishment, commerce;
  • To and fro: Atlantic trade, finance and industry:
  • Bridging borders – translation, transatlantic (textual) commerce, Indic and Transpacific influences, literary transformation;
  • Transoceanic wave-sounds, wave-lengths, wave-motions;
  • Women across borders, overboard, and at sea;
  • The Anthropocene, Whitman, Melville, and/or other sailor-writers – environmental sustainability / crisis and ecological protection;
  • Changes, interchanges, and dialogues across oceans, continents, peoples.


Deadline for abstracts: March 11, 2019

Notification of acceptance:  March 30, 2019


Registration fee: 160 euros general public / 80 euros students (early bird until May 5, 2019)

                              200 euros / 100 euros after May 5


Scientific Committee:
Dana Luciano, Rutgers University
Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP
Isabel Alves, UTAD
Jeffrey S. Childs, Universidade Aberta
Maria Antónia Lima, Universidade de Évora
Maria Irene Ramalho dos Santos, Universidade de Coimbra
Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Umeå University
Reinaldo F. Silva, Universidade de Aveiro
Richard King, Williams College and Mystic Seapport
Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL
Susana Araújo, CEC - FLUL
Teresa Castilho, Universidade do Porto
Teresa F. A. Alves, CEAUL - FLUL

Call for papers PDF