International Conference Street and the City | Call for Proposals

The Street and the City IV – Moments

7-9 September 2022

Cities come alive and build themselves from moments. Moments we breathe in the present, moments that shape both collective and individual memories. All these memories drift from a solitary pace in a crowd, to a dialogue between us and the other united by the urb. As in Dickens’s words (1859) “a multitude of people and yet a solitude.”

This conference aims at approaching topics from the past, both nearby or further away; topics from the present, globally, locally or glocally relevant and topics from the future – real or imaginary. Mumford (1961) states that “the origins of the city are obscure, a large part of its past buried or effaced beyond recovery, and its further prospects are difficult to weigh.”

We propose the analysis of moments of political and social unrest, which affect the everyday city life emptying the streets and making the ordinary socializing scenarios something of the past, as well as projects that look for answers and mitigation actions that can soothe such scenarios. A reflection is intended on the phenomena that approach the city and challenge the creation of new connection methods between its residents and the ones that arrive there – either for leisure, work, war or natural catastrophes. The city life, in its renewing dynamics, invites us to the redefining of space, mobilizing the emerging creativity and the memory of past moments capable of reshaping identity continuities.

We welcome papers, pre-organised panels, and roundtables (20 minutes per speaker) in English or Portuguese responding to the above.
Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:

  1. Architectural Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  2. Moments in Film Studies in the Streets and the Cities
  3. Literary Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  4. Political Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  5. Diaspora Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  6. Technological Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  7. Touristic Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  8. Visual Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  9. Sonorous Moments in the Streets and the Cities
  10. Moments of the Streets and the Cities at risk.

As indicated by the number in its title, this conference is the fourth in a series of academic events based at CEAUL|ULICES.


Submissions should be sent by email to thestreetandthecity@gmail.com by May 15th and should mention the preferred method of participation: in situ or online.

Please include SC4 in the subject line of your email and organise your proposal into two separate files:

• a file containing the full title and a 250-300 word description of your individual paper; Round tables of up to four speakers plus a chairperson. Please include a brief description of the panel (150 words) and a 300-word abstract.; Panels of three speakers plus a chairperson. Please include a brief description of the panel (150 words) and a 300-word abstract.

• a file containing the author’s data: name, affiliation, contact address, paper title and author’s bio-note (100 words).

Please name these two documents as follows: Surname_Name_Abstract_SC4 Surname_Name_AuthorInfo_SC4

All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation.

More information available at https://thestreetandthecitylx4.wordpress.com/.

Selected peer-reviewed publication.

O conto americano escrito por mulheres

Roundtable with Antónia Lima, Filipa Melo, and Isabel Lucas on the work of three writers: Lydia Davis, Lucia Berlin, and Alice Munro. The discussion will be dedicated specifically to the short-story genre.

ROAM Outreach 2 | “Sound and Vision”: Painted Responses to Music

Date: 28th April 2022, 17h-18h30
Venue: Anfiteatro I
Admission:  Free

Abstract
This project was developed by four undergraduate students of Contemporary Visual Arts, a subject that is common to several degree courses at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.  We aim to gain an understanding of how different artistic expressions can be intertwined to produce a meaningful experience that will connect the audience to the artists. The audience will observe two young artists of Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa painting two artworks while being accompanied by two musicians of Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa for an hour. One of the musicians will play the guitar in the first half an hour and will then be replaced by the other musician, a singer using her voice only. An important aspect of the creative process is the space for improvisation and spontaneous development that will be provided, creating a site for art to cross boundaries. The artistic production will then be followed by a discussion and interview with the artists.  This approach will provide an insight into how musical performance can influence the creative process. Questioning the creators immediately after the art piece is finished is an interesting form of engagement that we do not have the opportunity to experience very often in traditional galleries and formal cultural spaces. By choosing young artists from universities, we aim to represent ourselves – as students, locals, and as the new generation.

Bio notes

– JOÃO GAMA, 23 YEARS OLD

Born in the village of Arrepiado in the district of Santarém, he came to Lisbon to study Sculpture in Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, where he is now taking his master’s degree. João usually works with wood. When he paints, he uses strong colours to depict landscapes and figures. To the artist, his art is important to capture instincts and the essence of life.

– MARIA TRISTÃO, 23 YEARS OLD

Maria is a young Portuguese artist from Mira de Aire now on the last year of her degree in Painting in Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Her work focuses on the representation of space with specific characteristics that allow her to create scenarios, or on the representation of images that overwhelm her with the need to paint and transform them into art.

– LUCAS CALHEIROS, 19 YEARS OLD

Lucas is from Carcavelos and is currently studying Estudos Gerais in Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa. As an artist, he plays the guitar, the bass, and sings. He is a member of Flor Girino, a band where he adapts existing themes but also writes original songs. Improvisation is re-occurring in his musical expression. Some of his inspirations are Alfredo Marceneiro, Allen Halloween, and Alice in Chains.

– MARTA AGOSTINI, 21 YEARS OLD

Marta is an Erasmus student in Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.  She is from Trento, Italy, and is studying Anthropology. Marta chose Portugal because of its warm temperatures and culture. Besides Humanities, she is interested in music and singing. The artist expresses her individuality through musical experimentation with her voice, using vibration and instruments. Her inspiration comes from human relations, nature, and love.

Art, the Audience and Activism: How Can the Arts Bring About Real Change in the World?

Guest speaker: Marisa de Andrade, University of Edinburgh
Date: 5th April 2022, 9h30-11h
Venue: Room C247
Admission: Free

Abstract: How can hip-hop reduce inequalities? Dance tackle immigration? Comedy improve mental health in the Deaf community? Environmental art in green spaces change the way we think about what it means to be well?

In this interactive talk and workshop, we’ll be diving into the thinking behind Measuring Humanity and reflecting on the power of art to challenge policy makers and academics to reassess what counts as evidence when developing policies, practices, and recommendations.

In particular, we’ll be discussing a hip-hop video featuring rapping written using co-produced data from marginalised community members, health and voluntary sector practitioners, and researchers. Dear Human highlights the lived experiences of these communities and questions the nature of evidence in public health.

We’ll then apply this methodological and theoretical approach to art work. Please bring examples of (any form of) art if you’re creating your own art, or examples of artwork that you’re inspired by. 

Bio note: Dr Marisa de Andrade is an academic in health policy at the University of Edinburgh. She is Programme Director for the MSc by Research in Health Humanities and Arts; Programme Director for the PhD in Health in Social Science; Associate Director for the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry; and a Co-Director at the Binks Hub working with communities to co-produce a programme of research and knowledge exchange that promotes social justice, relational research methods and human flourishing. Marisa has led several traditional and community-based arts-informed public health studies. She is currently PI on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) collaborative place-based grant putting the arts at the helm of strategic decision-making across multiple sectors including health and social care, employability, education and social justice. Her book Public Health, Humanities and Magical Realism: A Creative-Relational Approach to Researching Human Experience will be published in July 2022 by Routledge: Public Health, Humanities and Magical Realism: A Creative-Relational A (routledge.com)

Second Online Teacher-Training Course on Holocaust Education

The second online teacher-training course on Holocaust education within the framework of the project “Remembering the Past, Learning for the Future: Research-Based Digital Learning from Testimonies of Survivors and Rescuers of the Holocaust” (ID 740639658), funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) via the “Nunca Esquecer – Programa Nacional em torno da Memória do Holocausto“ will take place on Tuesday 29th  March 2022, between 17:30 and 19:30 (Lisbon time).

The online educational activities in Portuguese developed by our international team are published on the official website of the project and on the USC Shoah Foundation’s educational platform, IWitness. The educational material is predominantly designed for high school students (grade 9-12) as well as university student, particularly in the subjects of History and Civic Education.

Participants are required to register in advance using the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkduGprjotHtffn6vxT-kyhKVVa-vHf4t5

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting.

ESC #54 Screenwriting

The Screenwriting workshop takes place on the 19th and 26th of March. Its main purpose is to build theoretical and practical tools that allow students to create their own writing project for audiovisual fiction, from the conception of the idea to the moment of pitching. The Course has 20 places and the prices are €35 for ULisboa Students, €40 for the general public.

Those interested in registering should do so until March 14th. To complete the registration, it will be necessary to fill in the registration form with all the requested data and send it to gestao.ceaul@letras.ulisboa.pt until March 14th. Afterwards, you will be contacted on how to proceed with the payment. 

ESC #55 Film Editing

The Film Editing Workshop takes place on April 2nd and is divided into two major moments: a first part dedicated to Film Editing theory, followed by a second part of practice using Premiere Pro software. The Course has 15 places and the values are €25 for ULisboa Students, €30 for the general public.

Those interested in registering must do so until March 28th. To complete the registration, it will be necessary to fill in the registration form with all the requested data and send it to gestao.ceaul@letras.ulisboa.pt until March 28th. Afterwards, you will be contacted on how to proceed with the payment. 

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 gestao.ceaul@letras.ulisboa.pt 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.

Program:

  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
Organization: CEAUL/ULICES/FLUL
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).