ESC #56 Ozu and the Classical American Cinema

The Ozu and the Classic American Cinema workshop takes place on the 30th of April and its main objective is to provide insight into the influence, as well as the dissonant elements, between the classic American cinema and the oriental cinema of the Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (1903 -1963). Aimed at students who want to develop knowledge on History of Cinema, North American Cinema, Film Analysis and who want to know more about Ozu’s cinema. Thus, the workshop focuses on the analysis and discussion of films in the relationship between narrative, mise-en-scène and the author, setting out to discover a cinematographic language in permanent renewal and dialogue.

The workshop will operate in a single day, during the period of 3 hours, via Zoom. Throughout this period the trainer will share his know-how and different materials with the trainees. For that purpose, the workshop is divided into two parts: part one explores the theoretical teachings of authors such as David Bordwell, Todd Berliner, John Gibbs as well as the discussion of excerpts from a film from the American classic period. In a second part, dedicated to viewing and discussing excerpts from a film by Ozu, authors such as Donald Richie, Yoshida Kiju, Patrick Holm Hogan and Gilles Deleuze will be addressed. This approach will allow us to better understand the dialogue between directors and their films.

The Course has 20 places and the prices are €15 for ULisboa Students, €20 for the general public. Those interested in registering should do so by April 20th. To complete the registration, it will be necessary to fill in the registration form with all the requested data and send it to until April 20th. Afterwards, you will be contacted on how to proceed with the payment. 

ESC #57 – Ageing Studies

The course will offer an overview of ageing studies with an insight into the theory as well as literature and culture in English it sustains. It will advance the understanding of the ageing process across life-span and its expression in different genres such as life-writing, poetry and fiction. The ESC in AS will interrogate the cultural articulations of ageing and old age in relation to other critical categories such as gender, social status or sexual orientation and introduce the participants to scholarlily approaches to the study of age, grief and ageing. Whereas longevity, especially female longevity, has been the new reality, it is still dependent on the economic interests, fear, unrealistic expectations as well as frank limitations of medicine. And yet, older women and men have been constituting a creative hub that may be of undeniable importance in these difficult, pandemic-ridden times when we, more than before, search for new words, new spaces of belonging and new directions. Using literary and cultural texts, we will map out literary and cultural gerontology: older womanhood and manhood, as a fertile and urgent field of study for our present times.


  1. Introduction to literary and cultural gerontology
  2. Women and aging: feminisms and femininities/Women and ageing: feminisms and femininities
  3. Men and masculinities/Men and ageing: masculinities
  4. life-writing
  5. Memory, the body and identity
  6. Aging in English-language literatures/Ageing in literatures in English
  7. The Bildungsroman and the Reifungsroman/The Buildungsroman and the Reifungsroman
  8. Ageing in different cultures / Aging in different cultures

Dates: May 18-19, 2022
Trainer: Zuzanna Zarebska
Location: School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon
Schedule: To be defined

Contact hours: 12 in 2 days
Total hours: 14: 12 + 2 hours of reading and working from home

Kerouac aos 100. Dá-lhe gás, meu bem!

In a partnership with ULICES, we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kerouac.

The event will take place on March 23, at 6:30 pm, at Livraria Tigre de Papel and will feature the following initiatives:

Kerouac readings and other beats by:

– Alexandra Vidal and Bruno Silva
– Antonio Poppe
– Margarida Vale de Gato
– Nuno Marques
– Pedro Augusto

Launch of the 2nd edition of Nada Natural, by Gary Snyder.

Conversation about the future edition of Um Sutra from Kerouac, by Jorge Menezes.

Music and Word by Tiago Gomes and Francisco Rebelo (guitar).

Reception for applications | Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus

The Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus is open between 3rd of February and 3rd of March. Through this initiative FCT will fund 400 contracts for PhD researchers in all scientific domains. 

All information about this call is available at the FCT website.

Those interested in having ULICES/CEAUL as the host institution should express their interest by sending an e-mail with the subject “CEEC 2021 – Call” to . It is mandatory to send, to the same address, a copy of the project to be submitted to FCT until 10th of February.

The proposals will be analysed and CEAL-ULICES decision will be communicated to the candidates until the 22th of February 2022.

The call is open from the 3rd of February until 17:00 on the 3rd of March 2022 (Lisbon time) and the host institutions associate themselves with the respective applications between the 4th and 29th of March 2022.

#EFOOD 2022 | 3rd International Food Design and Food Studies Conference, Experiencing and Envisioning Food: Designing for Change

Re-transforming, rethinking and redesigning the world’s food systems, making them more inclusive, equitable and sustainable may seem like an insurmountable challenge. But there are actually concrete actions that designers can take. The FORK Organization proved it with the 1st World Food Design DAY 2021. A 20-hour virtual journey through the world, to discover how design is activating a change in the agri-food sector. On the occasion of the UN 2021 World Food Day, The FORK Organization launched its first day on food design. The time has come to reflect on the future that we must build together:

We can all learn from food by working with food?
What can you do as a designer?
What can governments, industries, supranational organizations do?
What can the private and public sectors do?
What can farmers, producers, distributors, restaurateurs do?
What can academia, research, science do?
What can civil society do?
And what real contribution designers can make?

This is the big theme of the EFOOD2022 conference. A theme that wants to be treated from a scientific and academic point of view, but to make a contribution even outside of schools and universities. A way to make people understand, once again, the potential of design in innovation and preservation of the Planet. There are 800 million people suffering from hunger and at the same time high rates of obesity. Healthy, nutritious diets are expensive, yet many producers are poor. Current practices are not good for the environment. It is clear that we need a revolution. A revolution so radical as to completely overturn the previous versions of our food systems. Transforming food systems for prosperity, making innovations available and accessible technologies to tackle the problems and issues related to climate change, encouraging sustainable food and design techniques, with a great impact on people’s lives.

The organizing institutions of the 3rd International Food Design and Food Studies Conference, Experiencing and Envisioning Food: Designing for Change, invite professors, MA and PhD students, researchers, chefs, professionals and designers from all scientific areas to submit unpublished articles or projects for presentation at the 3rd International Food Design and Food Studies Conference, Experiencing and Envisioning Food: Designing for Change. The conference emerges as a forum where academics and experts collaborate in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way on the current food system and its food. Like the first and second conferences, it is intended to be a meeting between the world of design and food with other scientific areas.

The 3rd International Food Design and Food Studies Conference, Experiencing and Envisioning Food: Designing for Change, seeks to explore potential solutions to current problems of the food system and scenarios on the future of food and nutrition. The fundamental objective of the conference is to generate value for our food and the design as a research and work methodology. This important goal can only be achieved if specific steps are taken if we carry out essential tasks. If to define a goal, it is necessary to emphasize the benefits and reasons for this. To achieve it, it is instead necessary to focus on a specific and positive process. For this reason, the word envisioning, as the ability to plan the present and activate change, having a holistic and systemic approach, looking towards the future. It is also intended that academics interact with the industry, and the proposed format facilitates collaboration between diverse scientific domains.

We are opening the call for articles on the following topics:

Design for Sustainability and Agenda 2030
Design for Social Innovation
Design for Food Design Education
Design for Policies and Communities
Design for Nutrition and Health
Design for Gastro-wine Tourism
Design for Gastronomy

For more information please click here.

RHOSE – Representations of Home Open Seminar | Crossing Borders, Retrieving Memories: The History of the Land Border between Ireland and the United Kingdom

Title: Crossing Borders, Retrieving Memories: The History of the Land Border between Ireland and the United Kingdom
Guest speaker: Filomena Louro
Date: 30 September 2021, 12h30-14h00
Venue: Room C0.11A, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Organisation: University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies | RHOME – Representations of Home project

The concept of land border has taken an important development with events arising from the 2016 Referendum, which asked British subjects the following question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? This question has triggered a very heated debate proving how limited knowledge British society has of the issues regarding their connections and relations with Ireland. The situation is far from any settled appeasement and the social comments on the media or cultural analysts can only be used as a tentative effort to make sense of what may become a very critical political conundrum. After almost four years passed and the question of closing borders is still unresolved. How do artists measure the tension of this debate and how do they contribute to its resolution?

Bio note:
Maria Filomena Louro graduated from the University of Porto, has an M.A. in English Drama from the University of Essex, reading on John Arden’s trilogy The Island of the Mighty, and a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick, where she worked with Clive Barker, with a thesis on the Drama of J.M. Synge. She is Associate Professor at the University of Minho.  
Her research interests are Irish Literature and Theatre, and Myths and Legends of Ireland. She translated plays by English and Irish authors for productions in Braga and Porto and has also acted as a cultural advisor in theatre productions with various companies, namely the former TUM – Teatro Universitário do Minho, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Oficina, Mala Voadora, and Teatro Experimental do Porto. She is a co-founder of EFACIS – European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.

RHOSE – Representations of Home Open Seminar | Migrating, belonging, and the ‘feeling of home’: Analyzing identity through narrative discourse

Title: Migrating, belonging, and the ‘feeling of home’: Analyzing identity through narrative discourse  
Guest speaker: Martina Podboj
Date: 18 November 2021, 11h00-12h20
Venue: Room Sala C137, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Organisation: University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies | RHOME – Representations of Home project

Narrative, identity, and migration are three robust and complex notions that are studied from different perspectives in various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. In this talk, I will attempt to outline their interconnectedness from a sociolinguistic perspective. I aim to present the background of narrative analysis in sociolinguistics and show how the analysis of narratives of personal experience about migration can be employed to investigate discursive construction of identity. I will illustrate this through examples of authentic narratives told by different profiles of female migrants (professional glomads, economic migrants, climate migrants). I will focus on how they rely on various linguistic devices and discursive strategies to express belonging, agency, and authenticity in social contexts characterized by uncertainty and instability.

Bio note:
Martina Podboj is a junior researcher and teaching assistant at the Department of English Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia. She conducted her doctoral research at the University of Alberta, Canada, as a visiting doctoral research fellow (2017-2018) and received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Zagreb in 2019. Her main research interests include sociolinguistics, narrative and discourse analysis, and second language acquisition. She is also an associate lecturer of Croatian as a Second Language at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.  


Title: Trends and Culture Management Colloquium: new beginnings This is an international scientific activity aimed at communicating research results in the fields of trends and culture management.
When: 25, 27 and 28 May 2021
Where: Online (all sessions will take place on Zoom/Google Meet)
Keynote: Devon Powers (Temple University, USA)
Main Topics: Cultural Management; Strategic Cultural Analysis; Trends and Innovation; Trends Identification/Analysis; Socio-cultural Trends and Strategy; Lifestyles. 
What: Scientific Keynote Lecture; Scientific Communications; Roundtables.

Trends Studies are a growing business and academic enterprise. They look to the complex dynamics and objects/phenomena that are changing the socio-cultural landscape. For this, they look to the past and the present to find patterns and cultural innovations capable of generating insights. They work together with a strategic cultural analysis. This management and analysis of cultural data provides a much needed compass for strategic development in areas like communication and branding in general. Our online “Trends and Culture Management Colloquium: new beginnings” will tackle these matters.

For more information click here.

ULICES / RHOSE – Representations of Home Open Seminar | 6 May 2021

Title: (Be)longing: A poetry reading about homes within and without
Guest speaker: Jona Ray
Date: 6 May 2021, 14.30-15.30 (Western European Time) | 7pm-8pm (India time)
Organisation: RHOME – Representations of Home project

Bio note:
Jonaki Ray was educated in India (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur) and the USA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). A scientist by education and training, and a software engineer (briefly) in the past, she is now a poet, writer, and editor in New Delhi, India.  

Jonaki was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and won the First Prize in the 2017 (Oxford Brookes International Poetry Contest, ESL category). She is a 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award winner and has been shortlisted for multiple other awards, including the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and the 2016 Writers’ HQ International Fiction Contest.

Her work has been published in Poetry, The Rumpus, Southword Journal, So to Speak Journal, Lunch Ticket, Indian Literature (India’s National Academy of Letters), and elsewhere. To know more, visit