ROAM – Representations of Home Creative Journal: call for creative submissions

Representations of Home

ROAM – Representations of Home Creative Journal

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 Representations of Home project by 31/08/2020 with a subject heading “ROAM 2020 Creative submissions”. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 30/09/2020.

English Studies Courses #49 – “Film Essay: Digital Workshop”

What is the purpose of a Film Essay? What kind of language does the Film Essay use? How can we use it as a way of communicating, be it the academic context or outside of it?
While trying to address these questions, this workshop will comprise a theoretical and a practical session, in order to promote a hands-on experience on thinking, editing, and on cinematography as a creative exercise.

Enrollment: Please contact FLUL’s Academic Services (Serviços Académicos), at Proof of payment should be sent to

Students from ULisboa: 20€ | General public: 30€


Miguel Mira graduated in Computer Animation at Full Sail University. He took an internship at Take it Easy Films and worked as a video editor in Amsterdam. He is currently a PhD student in Film and Image Studies at the University of Coimbra.

Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World


The international conference “Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World” will take place at University of Lisbon on 24-26 June 2021 and is organised by SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together, the University of Lisbon Project in Medical Humanities.  

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, research groups, academics and projects on the fields of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine to promote the exchange of knowledge, of research outputs and experiences.  

For more information on the conference, the topics and proposals, see the call for papers. For future updates, please visit the conference website at  

47 etc…Talks on Translation Studies

The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies – ULICES/CEAUL Research Group on Translation and Reception Studies invites you to the 47 etc…Talks on Translation Studies. This talk will be broadcast on Zoom, Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, at 2 pm. Our invited speaker is Dr. Susana Valdez, Univ. Leiden, The Netherlands, who will talk about the localizing videogames.

Come and join our talk!

Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 970 6905 0359

Password: ETC

Further info:

Narrative Medicine Covid-19 Kit

Aware of the challenging times we are facing, the Project in Medical Humanities of the University of Lisbon has launched a Narrative Medicine Covid-19 Kit, especially designed as a support tool for healthcare professionals, but available to all who may find it useful. As of today, we are also offering an English version of these tools and activities. To access it, please click here or check the daily updates on our Facebook page.

Conference “Advertising Discourses: Semiotics, Multimodality and Visuality(s)”

Ever present in contemporary society, the advertising discourse (re)produces consumption as a place of identity and proposes narratives of infinite desire to feed the utopia of continuous growth. This conference intends to reflect on the mechanisms of signification of advertising, using various analytical models, in order to deconstruct its socio-cultural and political naturalization. Assuming itself as an opportunity for community reflection, “Advertising Discourses: Semiotics, Multimodality and Visuality(s)” aims to bring together researchers and students from various higher education cycles around this theme, to present their analysis of advertising texts and thus strengthen your reading skills in the world.

March 4th, 2020 | Room B3 (Library Building) | FLUL

9th Session of the Permanent Seminar in Medical Humanities – CANCELLED

Nuno Miguel Proença

(CHAM – Centro de Humanidades, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)


And now, what to do with this?


There is a specificity in the clinical encounter that results from the apparent dissymmetry between its protagonists. In most cases, what motivates the patient is a request addressed to the doctor or therapist, by the one who is – or think he is ill and who complains. Complaints due to pain, the expression of suffering, uneasiness due to strangeness or the formulation of a question, are addressed to the doctor or clinical team who supposedly have sufficient knowledge and means to inform, clarify, investigate, treat, accompany or simply relieve patients in the impatience of their requests, regarding what is not well in the relationship with themselves or with their bodies, and that which they are unable to transform by their own means. This asymmetry, which can generate figures close to those of dependency, seems to result in the need to guarantee the rights and freedoms of those who are sick, but also a type of ethical questioning that arises – “before the principles” – from the need to accept the signs by which the unexpected in life is expressed. “What to do with this?”, could then be a first formulation of the ethical question, arising from the crisis or the astonishment of the encounter with life’s impulsive and impersonal background that exists, giving it a personal shape and destiny, according to the possibilities of the human community and the events of the world that can transform it. This question expresses the crisis of each (clinical) encounter that, in the end, is capable of subverting the whole of what we thought possible and upsetting the normal continuity of our beliefs and (professional) habits regarding the meaning of health.


March 12th 2020 | 6 p.m. | Room 2.13 | FLUL

The session will be in Portuguese.

Open Class with J. Gerald Kennedy: “Stranger than the Stranger: The Unreadable Text in Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd””

On February 17, at 10 am, in room 2.13 of the School of Arts and Humanities (University of Lisbon), Professor J. Gerald Kennedy will give an open class focusing on the short story “The Man of the Crowd” and its relevance for understanding mechanisms of reciprocal terrorism in modern times and up to our time.

J. Gerald Kennedy, from Indiana State University, in addition to being the coordinator of Penguin Portable Poe (2006), has been responsible for some of the most relevant academic works about the author in our time, namely Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe and The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe (co-edited with Scott Peeples in 2018).