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?

PerformAbility One-day Symposium

PerformAbility One-day Symposium

Date:  12 April 2024
Location: Room B112.B (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon,) and online via Zoom

A result of the collaboration between the PerformAbility Project (Skenè Research Centre, University of Verona) and the Project in Medical Humanities (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon), this one-day symposium aims to widen the dialogue between Disability Studies and Narrative Medicine. Starting from the study of disability in its cultural, discursive, and performative dimensions, this event will seek to explore possible synergies between Disability Studies and Medical Humanities along these lines: theatre and performance, education, and lived experiences of disability.

Participants will speak in Portuguese and English.

The Symposium is free of charge and open to the public.

For additional information see the poster attached or contact:

Organizing Committee: Cecilia Beecher Martins, Marta Soares, Teresa Casal

ESC#60 – Videographic Montage: The video essay as a discursive tool

ESC#60 – Videographic Montage: The video essay as a discursive tool

Videos are an essential tool in academic work, offering a powerful way to communicate research papers, ideas, and arguments. Video abstracts and video essays visually demonstrate research findings and allow for the use of creative tools to convey complex ideas and emotions in an impactful way. Videos capture affective, experiential, and embodied qualities that are often left dormant in traditional textual research, making academic work more approachable and understandable to a broader audience. This workshop aims to equip participants with the skills and tools they need to create captivating videos that leave a lasting impression on the audience. Participants will use DaVinci Resolve, a free-to-use video editing software used in many Hollywood productions, and can choose to utilize a library of free-to-use images or images captured by them to construct their first video montage.

The workshop, a three-day immersive experience (from 10h-16h), will employ a “farm to table” approach to guide participants through the entire process and pipeline, from incubating their ideas to seeing their videos materialized and projected on the big screen. The “farm” refers to the participant’s mind, where the workshop will plant the seeds of investigative inquiry and work closely with participants to help them bring their ideas to fruition. The workshop aims to foster and support the creative process to create a supportive and collaborative environment for participants to develop their video rhetoric. Participants will be provided with theoretical background knowledge of the American versus Russian school of montage, allowing them to utilize the techniques of these differing schools in the way they deem most fitting to illustrate their ideas. With this knowledge, participants can choose a soundscape or a reading of a text as a basis for their video essay. Their final video essays will be screened at an art gallery so that the participants work may be disseminated and achieve higher exposure. This workshop is perfect for anyone with a passion for art and film, regardless of their level of experience. The maximum number of participants will be capped at 15 to ensure every participant can be helped equally. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn how to harness the full potential of video editing for your academic work!

Those interested in registering must do so until April 26th. To complete the registration, it will be necessary to fill in the registration form with all the requested data and send it to Afterward, you will be contacted on how to proceed with the payment of the 40 € fee (for students and ULisbon staff) and 65€ for others.

Medical Humanities Project Open Lecture

Medical Humanities Project Open Lecture: “Along the Yellow Brick Road: Narrating illness and disability experiences in Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz” with Sidia Fiorata, University of Verona

The Medical Humanities Project Lecture “Along the Yellow Brick Road: Narrating illness and disability experiences in Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz ” with Sidia Fiorata of the University of Verona, Italy will take place on Thurs 11 de abril (quinta-feira) a partir das 17,00 (Hora Portugal Continental). You can attend in room C245.B of the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa or online through the link

On the Road with the Beats: A Conversation with Barry Miles, The Biographer of the Counterculture

On the Road with the Beats: A Conversation with Barry Miles, The Biographer of the Counterculture

4 April, 17h Room C009.A

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of The University of Lisbon

We are very happy to invite all to a conversation with Barry Miles, the bestselling author of numerous biographies and cultural histories of the Beat Generation, the Beatles, the Sixties counterculture and its musicians. He cofounded International Times, Europe’s first underground newspaper, in 1966 and was the label manager of Zapple, the Beatles’ experimental record label. He has written the biographies of the Beats Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and musicians Paul McCartney and Frank Zappa, among others.

RHOSE #29 | Neil Larsen, “Morbid Interiors: Basements, Living Rooms and Gothic Domesticity in 19th Century America

RHOSE #29 | Neil Larsen, “Morbid Interiors: Basements, Living Rooms and Gothic Domesticity in 19th Century America”

In collaboration with the American Studies Group (CEAUL/ ULICES RG3)

Date: 15 March 2024, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, room C 138 A

Neil Larsen, professor emeritus of Comparative Literature, has taught at Northeastern University in Boston, the University of California, Davis and the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He is the author of Modernism and Hegemony (1990); Reading North by South (1995) and Determinations (2001) as well as numerous essays and articles in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. His areas of research include Comparative Literature; Latin American literature and Latin American studies; and Critical Theory.

For further information see:

RHOSE #28 | “Hugo David in conversation about his work”

RHOSE #28 | “Hugo David in conversation about his work”

Date: 14 March 2024, from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, room C 008

Hugo David (Lisbon, 1995) grew up surrounded by photography. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he chose to study and invest in photography. He studied dance for some years, and then joined Escola Secundária Artística António Arroio, an arts school, where he specialised in photography. He completed his BA in Photography and Visual Culture at IADE Creative University – Escola Superior de Design, in 2016.

Professionally, he photographs for Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Lux Frágil, Companhia de Dança de Almada, Epal, Imago Lisboa, 7 Maravilhas de Portugal, Sapo 24, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, Brotéria, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, among others.



Intensive Creative Writing Course – 6 ECTS

David Gewanter and Margarida Vale de Gato

July 2024,

This course aims to explore what one can make happen on the page – and then in a succession of others. We will read and discuss intensely some influential and experimental poems, creative essays, and short fiction by English and Portuguese authors (translated). You will work over the drafts of your poems and prose in a collaborative workshop model. Immersion in the Portuguese literary scene and in (inter)national readings will help you to discuss and compare current trends, including incorporating your intercultural experiences into literary forms. This workshop offers you a chance to develop a sequential manuscript in the format of a work-in-progress portfolio, with a framing (or parallel) poetic manifesto.

Class Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 – 7:45 p. m.


  • ULisboa students: 100 euros (19 apr) / 140 euros (17 mai)
  • ULisboa external candidated: 200 euros (17 mai)

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Lesley Saunders, “Losing One’s Place: ‘Dementia’ and the Poetics of Absence”

Lesley Saunders, “Losing One’s Place: ‘Dementia’ and the Poetics of Absence”

Date: 22 February 2024, 5 p.m.

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, room C 245.B & online Via Zoom –

Poet and educator Lesley Saunders will discuss poems from Louise Glück’s collection Winter Recipes from the Collective (2021) in a lecture jointly hosted by the Medical Humanities Project and the Representations of Home Project. Admission is free.

Project “Vozes do Mundo Antigo e Medieval” (CEAUL/CEC):

Hélio Pires (IEM-FCSH) – Presentation of the book As Runas Desvendadas: Dois Milénios de História e Mistério

Book summary: A journey of the writing system used by the vikings, from ancient times to the current day.  Myths, legends, origins, evolution, and uses of runes throughout History. 

The word “rune” brings to our minds thoughts of mystery, magic, and secrets. But not only is that a small part of History, it is a part often emphasized over other more significative ones: although the Poetic Edda is filled with references to runic charms, and several inscriptions are of a magical nature, there are much more of a memorialist, practical, day-to-day, and even obscene, kind. 

Runes were a phonetical writing system (that is, the symbols represent sounds) utilized to write all kinds of text for over a thousand years. The longevity and diversity of the more than six thousand surviving inscriptions makes them not only a source of information that contradicts modern belief about runes (that they are magical symbols or suppressed by the Church), but also an important resource for historians. 

This is not, then, a book of magic, although it partially speaks of it. These are not pages about divination, despite there being lines about such. It is not even a book about neopaganism, although it touches on the subject. This is a book about runes in all their diversity, from their origins to our days, about how they are and were studied, distorted, used and reused. For a better understanding of the past, but also of the present.” 

Bionote: Hélio Pires was born in Alcobaça, in 1980. He holds a Master’s in Medieval and Viking Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and a PhD in Medieval History from the NOVA University of Lisbon. With Zéfiro, he published in 2017 his thesis titled “Os Vikings em Portugal e na Galiza” and, in 2019, “Mitos e Lendas Nórdicas”. He is a member of the Instituto de Estudos Medievais and NEVE, lecturer and author of several articles about Vikings, ancient Scandinavia and Norse mythology. This work is his third book. 

Date: 30 January, 2024
Schedule: 12:30 pm
Venue: Amphitheatre III, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon

Acess to Zoom Invitation:
ID of the meeting: 980 2262 2132
Password: 142865