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

Lecture “Sobre clínica e criação na cidade através do dispositivo de acompanhamento terapêutico”

Lecture “Sobre clínica e criação na cidade através do dispositivo de acompanhamento terapêutico”

The lecture “Sobre clínica e criação na cidade através do dispositivo de acompanhamento terapêutico”, with Professora Ana Lúcia Mandelli de Marsillac de Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil will take place on 11th December 2023 at 5.30 p,m, (GMT) in room B112.D of the School of Arts & Humanities. You can also attend online using the link

This lecture is a joint initiative of the Seminário “Ciência e Cultura – Quebrar Fronteiras” and the Medical Humanities Project.

Within and Without: Representations of Ageing: International Symposium III: Special Issue

Within and Without: Representations of Ageing: International Symposium III: Special Issue

Within & Without III is the third edition of the Within and Without Old Age: International Symposium on Representations of Ageing series and will be held on-line at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES/CEAUL) on January, 9th, 2024.

It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on cultural ageing from multiple perspectives. Within & Without III is an international event bringing together scholars from different universities who will discuss and share research on age-related issues in order to establish new discourses and guidelines for ageing studies in general. The event will also reflect the need to continue speaking about gender equality, vulnerability and the responsibility for the well-being of others. Some of the speakers will include Professor Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield, UK), Professor Katsura Sako (University of Keio, Japan) and Professor Heike Hartung (University of Graz, Austria).

The event will be chaired by Professor Zuzanna Zarebska (CEAUL/ULICES/FLUL), the PI of the Women’s Lives in Time: Bodies, Homes and Voices: Ageing Women Research Project.

RHOSE 27 | “Ethic of Care: transgenerational praxis.”

RHOSE 27 | “Ethic of Care: transgenerational praxis.”

The Australian writer Charlotte Wood is the author of several novels and books of non-fiction such as The Submerged Cathedral (2004), Animal People (2011), The Natural Way of Things (2016), The Weekend (2020), The Luminous Solution (2021) and Stone Yard Devotional (2023) among other works, for which she has won many distinguished prizes.

The Weekend belongs to the genre of Reifungsroman, the novel of growth and a (re)establishment of meaningful relationships in later life. It is a story of vulnerability, mourning and freedom that is not prior to responsibility for others but is manifested relationally. The Weekend tells the story of a lifelong friendship between four women. Jude, Wendy and Adel travel to celebrate Christmas in the Australian village of Bittoes in order to declutter Sylvie’s house before it is put up for sale after she has died of cancer. By doing so, they need to face the stories that have held them together in a “state of mutiny rather than stasis, a period of constant striving against the world, but also against oneself.” (Collins The Guardian, 2020)

Stone Yard Devotional tells the story of a woman who leaves her established yet failed life to enter a religious community of nuns on the inhospitable planes of Monaro in Australia, where she explores the idea of being in relation to and for others as the most fundamental experience of being alive. While using varied narrative techniques of introspection and re-storying the narrator’s reminiscing of the past is concerned with the notions of care, vulnerability and receptivity towards others.

This seminar will examine the ethos of care that The Weekend and Stone Yard Devotional inspired by the work of Emmanuel Lévinas and Judith Butler.  We will look at the genre of Reifungsroman and the philosophical concepts of responsibility towards oneself and others, of experience of grief, reverence and self-care. Furthermore, we will analyze the incorporation of the motif of animal vs human life and their relationship to the environment seen as, paraphrasing Kathleen Woodward, a model of natural continuity. As will be argued, healing and regeneration are only possible in ethical relations that are inseparable, simultaneous and based on care.

Keywords: care literature, responsibility, ageing studies, women’s literature, Australian literature

Creative Journal, ROAM 3 | Summer/Autumn 2023

Creative Journal, ROAM 3 | Summer/Autumn 2023

We have much pleasure in sending you the latest edition of our Creative Journal, ROAM 3, Summer/Autumn 2023, which is part of the Representations of Home (RHOME) project of CEAUL/ULICES (University of Lisbon Faculdade de Letras.)

Please feel free to send on to your contacts or people who may be interested.

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Open Course in Narrative Medicine

Open Course in Narrative Medicine

The Open Course in Narrative Medicine will be offered in a hybrid format so that participants can either attend it online or inhouse at FLUL. 

The Open Course aims to provide training on the role, importance and limits of narratives and communication in the clinical encounter. Bringing together knowledge from literature, film and philosophy to medicine, nursing and ethics, this course aims to contribute to ethically conscious therapeutic practices. It is designed for health professionals as well as students and researchers in Humanities interested in the field.

The course is also offered in 2 formats: with or without evaluation.
Contact hours: 42 Total number of hours required: 168 (with evaluation.)

The course is taught in Portuguese.

Enrolments are open until 8th January 2024 through:

Dates: 23 January 2024 – 5 May 2024
Schedule: Tuesdays, 17h00-20h00
Fee: 100€ / 60€ students
Vacancies: 16
For more information click on this link
Or email:

Celebrating 40 years of ULICES

Celebrating 40 years of ULICES

The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies – ULICES is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an event on 22 November at 3pm in the American Corner. We would be delighted and honoured to have you present.

The event programme is available here.

This work is financed by national funds through the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the projects UIDB/00114/2020 and UIDP/00114/2020. 

Permanent Seminar of the MHP

Permanent Seminar of the MHP

The next PHM permanent online seminar will feature a presentation by Adelino Cardoso (CHAM-NOVA-FCSH), on “Melancholy” offering both a theoretical and personal perspective on the subject. Joaquim Oliveira Lopes (Nursing School of Lisbon and CIDNUR) will address the subject of “On the relationship in nursing as a care-it-self: developing awareness and self-transformation through the telling of life stories”.

The seminar will take place online via Zoom, on November 23, 2023 (Thursday), starting at 5pm (GMT).

The event will be open to the public, and can be accessed through the link:

You can find more details on the poster. We look forward to seeing you there.

This work is financed by national funds through the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the projects UIDB/00114/2020 and UIDP/00114/2020. 

Old English Course

Old English Course

The aim of this free course consists in identifying the general characteristics of Old English (phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical) as well as in understanding the idiosyncrasy of this language in the context of Anglo-Saxon history and culture.

Students are expected to acquire competences that will allow them to read and interpret small texts both in poetry and in prose. 

The course will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Days 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 23 and 26 – Room C130 Amphitheater II
Days 10 and 17 – Room B112C

Registration: 30 euros for FLUL community | 80 euros for students from outside the FLUL community.

American Studies Over Seas

American Studies Over Seas | A Parternship between ULisboa/CEAUL and Georgetown University

An academic and pedagogical programme will take place on 16 November as part of a collaboration with Georgetown University that CEAUL and DEA, with the support of American Corners, have been building. For the time being, it will be materialised in this American Studies Over Seas meeting.

In a hybrid format, online and face-to-face, with six of our researchers in Washington DC and many more here, the programme on 16 November starts at 9 a.m. in Washington DC and 1 p.m. in Lisbon (all times in the annex refer to Eastern Time). It would be a pleasure and an incentive for the protocol we are trying to establish if you could attend some of the activities, which include a transatlantic tribute to the “two Teresas”, scientific papers by younger and younger speakers (from both institutions), the presentation of the two volumes American Studies Over_Seas, as well as a discussion of good practices in inter-institutional protocols and research and teaching partnerships.

Your attention is drawn to the annexes and the registration form, which you can fill in by clicking on the online link: