American Studies Over_Seas

American Studies Over_Seas: Active Ties, Tides, and Times

Entitled American Studies Over_Seas: Active Ties, Tides, and Times, The University of Lisbon Center for English Studies (ULICES) is developing a project centered on coastal areas and intertidal zones, and on how they might be addressed through more hydro- and eco-centered perspectives on languages, arts, and literatures. We would like to contribute to the storytelling and the transformative articulation of some of the pressures and challenges  to  natural habitats  and  residential/working areas  that  result from climate change and anthropogenic activity. The project will also look at how these coasts have been shaped culturally and historically, particularly in what concerns Portuguese and North-American exchanges.

Part of this project, a symposium devoted to the (shared) coastlines of the Atlantic will be hosted at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, November 7-9, 2024. We are mainly concerned with how we can combine knowledges and affections between the disciplines (ties) to imaginatively and more effectively bridge the temporal depth and urgency (times) of human environmental impact, and thus follow the traces and hopefully better track or change the tides of Portuguese and US coastlines and their insular clusters in the Atlantic (tides). This event will bring together scholars from different fields, as well as policy makers and activists working within affected coastal areas. Academically, the symposium will be structured around three lines of inquiry:

  1. “Memories of distant quays” within the triangular Atlantic – History of relations between US and Portuguese-speaking countries across the oceans / comparative  coastal  (and  insular/archipelagic)  developments  in  the  Atlantic: ex.  East Coast and Azores/Portugal, Caribbean Islands to US and Cape Verde to Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries – Brazil-US;
  2. “The currents outbound” – diasporic transits with emphasis on luso- American experiences, storytelling and (eco)poetry of opposite and parallel shores; intersections with border studies and environmental justice; hybrid genres and (id)entity crossings;
  3. “More-than-human shores” coastal studies and the Humanities… or, more humbly, the “humusities” (Haraway 2015): challenge to the concept (and existence) of humanity/ies as seen from the shores and/or the edge of no return; the rising sea; nostalgia and anxiety of saltwater; environmental history

and stories of the shorelines, traces, inscriptions and entanglements of humans and other-than-humans; exposition, toxicity and occupation threats to traditional work / community cultures, and biodiversity; ports, docks, bays, dunes, isles, marshlands and global warming.

The ULICES’s project is also preparing an ecopoetic anthology Ten Sea Air / Dez Ar Mar Ten Portuguese-speaking and Ten English-speaking investigative poets writing about how to breathe and navigate the climate crisis.

In parallel with these activities, the Center is organising an ongoing interdisciplinary team-building activity: the reading circle. On 29 April, John Gillis’ book The Human Shore (University of Chicago Press, 2015) was discussed. The next meeting, on 1 July, will focus on Steve Mentz’s Introduction to the Blue Humanities (Routledge, 2023).


PROJECT DECONSTRUCT: Digital Education and Campaign to Stand up and Counter Holocaust Distortion and Misinformation

The photo was taken by Ana Raquel Fernandes in Thessaloniki during the kick-off meeting.

We are happy to announce that the project DECONSTRUCT: Digital Education and Campaign to Stand up and Counter Holocaust Distortion and Misinformation has been awarded funding by the European Commission (CERV-2023-EQUAL). The project is coordinated by Andrea Szonyi (Zachor Foundation) and brings together a strong international team of six partners: Zachor Foundation, FLUL, Hétfa Research Institute, Aristotle University, and UNIFI University. The ULICES team is proud to be part of this collaboration, with Zsófia Gombár (lead researcher), Ana Raquel Fernandes (in RG4), Catarina Xavier, Cláudia Martins, and Maria João Ferro (in RG6). The project officially began in May 2024 and will continue for the next 24 months.

Translation, Memory, and Politics in the Medieval World

Translation, Memory, and Politics in the Medieval World: The XIII Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages | The Medieval Translator

The Centre for Classical Studies, the Centre for History and the Centre for English Studies are organizing the 13th Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages, from 17-21 June 2024. The Medieval Translator, with 69 participants. These conferences on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages began meeting at the University of Wales, Cardiff (1987-), and are now regularly organized throughout Europe.

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Registrations here.

Desire, Imagination & Dream: Angela Carter in Portugal

Desire, Imagination & Dream: Angela Carter in Portugal

27 – 29 June 2024, University of Lisbon

This international conference, under the Angela Carter Society, explores the intricate relationships between art, politics, place, and sexuality in Angela Carter’s writings. Inspired by Carter’s 1977 visit to Portugal, documented in her essays for New Society, the conference will delve into her experiences in Caldas da Rainha during the 4th international Meeting of Art.

The 1970s were pivotal for Carter, marked by prolific output and personal transformations, including her move to Japan. Her work from this period reflects her exploration of subjectivity, artistic creation, and political ideologies.

Portugal’s recent history, with democracy restored just three years before Carter’s visit, provides a rich backdrop and her essays depict Portugal’s political tensions, capturing the stark contrast between avant-garde art and local hardships.

The conference invites discussions on Carter’s intersection of art, sexuality, politics, and place, aligning with Portugal’s 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. Highlights include an Angela Carter-inspired meal and a trip to Caldas da Rainha, offering a chance to connect her work with Portugal’s history and to reflect on the broader implications of her literary contributions.


Medical Humanities Project Open Lecture

Medical Humanities Project Open Lecture: “Compaixão como um valor intrínseco ao cuidar” presented by Maria João Santos from Escola Superior de Saúde, Atlântica

The Medical Humanities Project Lecture “Compaixão como um valor intrínseco ao cuidar” presented by Maria João Santos from Escola Superior de Saúde, Atlântica will take place on Thurs 23th May at 5.00 p.m.  (GMT) in Sala B309 Torre B of NOVA FCSH Av. de Berna, 26 C. It will also be transmitted online through the link

Curso livre. Estudos em envelhecimento cultural

Curso livre. Estudos em envelhecimento cultural

The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to the field of cultural ageing. We will address the following themes: ageing and gender, ageing and invisibility, ageism, self-awareness, the body, memory, identity and re-storying. The bibliography will include fictional, non-fictional and theoretical texts in English. The sessions will be taught in Portuguese.

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


1. Introduction to ageing studies
2. Ageisms
3. Memory, the body and the identity
4. “Restorying”, life and writing
5. The Buildungsroman and the Reifungsroman
6. New approaches to ageing

Dates: April 22-23, 2024
Trainer: Zuzanna Zarebska
Location: School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon
Schedule: To be defined

ROAM Outreach 3


18 April 2024 | 11h ­— 12h30 | ROOM B112.C


This event has been organised by three undergraduate students of Contemporary Visual Arts, a subject that is common to several degree courses at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. The artist Aleksei Gribel will be interviewed by the three students about his work, his studies, his relationship with art and his life in Lisbon as a foreign artist. Topics such as his source of inspiration, the process of selecting materials for his artworks and what influences his choices, as well as the meaning of the concept of “home” for the artist, in the broad sense of the word, will be explored.

In addition, Aleksei Gribel will showcase one of his art pieces and elaborate on its construction and the story behind its creation. Lastly, both the artist and the students will give the audience the opportunity to ask questions and maybe have an open conversation about themes such as the artist’s political activism and how he expresses it in his (street) art, the artist’s background and origin, and his experience in finding a home (for art) in Lisbon.

Artist’s Bio note 

Aleksei Gribel, a Russian artist-sculptor, graduated from Saratov College of Information Technology and Management (SKiTU at SSTU), with a specialty in Decorative and Applied Art – Artist-master (hand-painted fabrics and hand weaving) in 2012. In 2013 he moved to St. Petersburg, immersing himself in diverse creative pursuits and refining his skills. By the end of the year, he began self-education in construction and form manipulation. In 2015, Gribel joined the “Interior Theatre” as a decoration creator, gaining valuable insights into design and self-expression. Transitioning to freelance work by late 2015, he focused on crafting sculptures, decorations, and props on commission. In 2017 he began to create street sculptures and installations, drawing on his artistic experience in various fields of art. He has since then continued to engage in street art, creating many works.

He has collaborated with companies such as the quest “ilocked”, “Rabbit hole”, “Big Funny”, “Movie art”, the Museum of Records and Facts “TITIKAKA”, the photography studio POLYGON, brand “TUNDRA” and has taken part in festivals such as “Gamma Festival 2016, 2019”, “SYSTEM 6. 0, 7.0”, “Solar Systo 2018”, “Journey 2019”, “St. Petersburg drizzle 2021”, “ArtWeekend 2021” (St. Petersburg), “Room in the Gully 2018, 2022” (Nizhny Novgorod).

With an extensive portfolio, Gribel has participated in numerous collective exhibitions and held a significant solo exhibition showcasing his decade-long artistic journey.

Some exhibitions:

  • June 2021, Youth Day Art Festival, eco-art “Bionic Structures”, Kvadrat Centre, St Petersburg, Russia
  • September 2021, Charity online auction of art group “Milestone” in support of independent media. Sculpture “Dish of the Day” sold to private collection. Moscow, Russia.
  • January 2022, Collective exhibition of studio works by street artists as part of Puskeen’s presentation of the “Public ART” application, Lumiere Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • October 2022 – participation in the auction of the art group “Veha”, “you will not be recognized” Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • November 2022 – Personal sale exhibition “Gribel’s Treasury” at the art space “F5”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • December 2022 – participation in the international grant “Innenarchitektur von Kunstwohncontainern” in Fürstenwalde, Germany in the up-cycling Art Residence “P.a.S.E.V.” with the projects “Gribels port” and the functional object “techno-oven”

Scientific Coordinator: Paula Horta

Organisers: Dimitra Alevizopoulou, Ekaterina Tarasenko, Evelin Veres

Receiving the Shock, Giving Form in Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector

Receiving the Shock, Giving Form in Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector

Date: 19 de April, 2024
Schedule: 15h30 – 17h
Venue: Room B112.D 

Speaker: Professor Flavia Trocoli (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) 

Lily Briscoe, the painter in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse [1927], finishes her painting in the absence of Mrs. Ramsay who, previously, had been the model for her vision and painting. G.H., sculptor and narrator-protagonist of The Passion According to G.H. [1964], by Clarice Lispector, is only able to write after killing, eating and vomiting the cockroach in the maid’s room. From these scenes, the relationships of homologies and differences will be addressed in what Virginia Woolf pointed out as the artist’s task: receiving the shock and giving form to it.

Money & Debts on The Merchant of Venice

Money & Debts on The Merchant of Venice

18 April 14h – 15h30 Room C250

Host: Professor Miguel Ramalhete Gomes
Speaker: Professor Priscila Matsunaga (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
School of  Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon 

In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, tragedy is disguised as comedy: money, debts and business are constant elements. The play provokes different reactions when it deals with anti-Semitism issues through the character of Shylock, the Jew. The usurer charges a pound of flesh as a fine for a debt acquired by Antonio the Merchant. In this seminar, the characters’ relationships will be addressed based on the economic anthropology of David Graeber and the system of economic-symbolic values present in the play. What, after all, is at stake when the payment of a debt is not made with currency, but with flesh?