Reception of applications for the Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus

The Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus is open between 29th of January and 26th of February. Through this initiative FCT will fund 400 contracts for PhD researchers in all scientific domains. 

All information about this call is available at the FCT website.

Those interested in having ULICES/CEAUL as the host institution should express their interest until the 10th of February, by sending an e-mail with the subject “CEEC 2021 – Call” to . It is mandatory to send, to the same address, a copy of the project to be submitted to FCT until 19th of February.

The proposals will be analysed and CEAL-ULICES decision will be communicated to the candidates until the 25th of February 2021.

Culture and Anarchy. Reading Matthew Arnold Today II

An on-line international conference, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, 12-13 April 2021

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Laurel Brake (Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, University of London) | Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)

It has been 150 years since Matthew Arnold published his groundbreaking work, Culture and Anarchy. His essays in book form are not only a powerful critique of Victorian society and values but also of modern ones. Contemporary political, economic and cultural issues provide an opportunity to revisit Arnold’s thought critically, to assess his enduring legacy, and to appraise the modern predicament in relation to distinguished cultural achievements from the past.

In the wake of the Brexit phenomenon, Victorian cultural superiority and idealism are worth exploring. Despite the invocation of ethnocentrism (e.g. Saxon-Celtic roots and Latin-French influences), Arnold strongly appealed to (English) national unity. The curtailment of the mechanic spirit would not only prevent unwarranted cultural uniformity but also provide the conditions for the continual improvement of the mind. Hence, it would be possible to find balance, light, and sweetness through cultural development in a society struggling with political turmoil, social change and the search for a sense of self. Like the Victorian sages, Brexiteers came up with new solutions to the country’s social and identity problems. Under the aegis of gaining back control over their lost national identity, Brexiteers recovered a national discourse based on myths, historical recreations, and constructed insights into a glorious past. The past, the present, and the future are thus unavoidably entangled, and all the more so in any reassessment of English (cultural) identity in the present.

Moreover, as part of an ongoing dialogue between researchers from the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) and the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), this international conference aims to reflect on the meaning of Culture and Anarchy and other works by Arnold, with a special focus on their relevance for the present. The conference follows upon “Culture and Anarchy: From Arnold to Brexit”, an event that took place at the University of Lisbon in December 2019.

Deadline for registration: 31 March 2021

Fees and registration

Registration fee: 40.00 euros
Student fee: 20.00 euros

Further information will be posted on the conference website:

Organizing Committee

Alcinda Pinheiro de Sousa (CEAUL) | Iolanda Ramos (CETAPS/UNL) | Jorge Bastos da Silva (CETAPS/FLUP) | Teresa Malafaia (CEAUL) | Cristina Baptista (CEAUL) | Elisabete Silva (IP Bragança/CEAUL)

Download the CFP here.

To consult the program of the conference click here.
To acess the conference please use the following link:
Meeting ID: 814 0233 4999
Password: 626705

Ph.D. Scholarships ULICES-FLUL

Applications for two Ph.D. Scholarships in English and American Studies (1) Literature and Culture and (2) Translation are open between 14 September 2020 and 14 October 2020.

These scholarships, renewable up to four years, will be financed by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia – FCT, I.P., under the Collaboration Protocol for the Financing of the Multiannual Plan for Research Grants for Doctoral Students, celebrated between the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.

The Ph.D. Research Scholarships are intended for candidates of any nationality with a good knowledge of Portuguese language, already enrolled, or complying with the necessary requirements to enroll in the English and American Studies Ph.D. programme at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. Candidates must also have a BA and an MA in the same area of study, or in other related areas.

Before sending their applications, candidates should refer to the Call Notices and Guidelines, available online on the School of Arts and Humanities webpage and on the ERA Careers portal.

Bolsa de Doutoramento ELC (Estudos de Literatura e Cultura) – CEAUL/FLUL
Bolsa de Doutoramento ET (Estudos de Tradução) – CEAUL/FLUL

Below you can find shortened versions of both calls, in English, for communicative purposes only (applicants should always refer to the Portuguese version of the call).

Anglo Saxonica has reinvented itself

Anglo Saxonica has reinvented itself.

With a multidisciplinary approach, the journal has been securing a place in the sharing of knowledge worldwide, promoting a dialogue between the geocultural areas in English.

Published by Ubiquity Press, indexed in Scopus, ERIH Plus, and MLA Directory of Periodicals, Anglo Saxonica aims to continue to assert itself as a leading academic journal. Focusing on original and innovative research, the volumes include scientific articles, reviews, interviews, and creative writing.

Recently, the magazine extended its dissemination to social networks and created a blog for the publication of reviews, podcasts, and informal texts (max. 300 words), in English or Portuguese.

We would like to count on the collaboration of all to disseminate this editorial project, born from the commitment of several generations of researchers from ULICES. To reinforce the internationalization of the journal, proposals for the organization of thematic volumes (special issues) − resulting from the collaboration between ULICES’s members and foreign researchers internationally recognized as experts in different areas of multidisciplinary English studies − will be particularly welcome.

For more information, please visit the new Anglo Saxonica website, blog, and follow the journal’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Call is now open and ULICES is always on the lookout for talented researchers at the postdoc level. If you are planning to apply for this fellowship and are interested in joining us here in Lisbon, we will be delighted to hear from you.
We are particularly interested in the following topics:
  • Interart Studies and Transmedia Studies; Medical Humanities; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Romantic, Modernist/Post-Modernist Studies;  Science Fiction and Fantasy (Research Group 1)
  • Film and Adaptation Studies; Heritage, Memory and Transmedia Studies; Intellectual History and Political Action; Moments across Places and Spaces; Socio-Cultural Trends; Victorianism and Neo-Victorianism (Research Group 2)
  • Academic and Creative Writing; Environmental Humanities; Pop Culture and the Avant-Gardes;  North-American Literature; Transatlantic Studies; TV, Cinema, and other Arts (Research Group 3)
  • Irish Studies; Literary Studies; Migration and Diaspora Studies; New Literatures in English; Post-colonial Studies; Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Research Group 4)
  • English a Lingua Franca (ELF); ELF-aware Pedagogy; Historical Lexicography; (Historical) Sociolinguistics; Varieties of English (Research Group 5)
  • Censorship, Indirect Translation, Retranslation, Translation Norms, Translation Strategies, Translator Status and Training across Different Translation Domains (Audiovisual, Institutional, Literary, Specialized Translation, etc.) (Research Group 6).
Please contact one of our research group coordinators with a brief description of your project by 27 July 2020.
More information on the MSCA Actions here.

Postdoctoral fellow position available – FCT Programmatic Funding

Applications are open for a period of 10 (ten) working days upon publication of the official announcement in Diário da República (the Portuguese Official Gazette) for 1 (one) position of Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon

Diário da República Electrónico

Bolsa de Emprego Público


Call for Papers: II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital

II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital:

World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English

University of Lincoln, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidad de Jaén

Jaén (Spain), 1-3 December, 2020

English studies in the United Kingdom, whether of literature or language, have been forced to undergo greater self-evaluation in the academy in recent years, both culturally as successive governments attempt to shift the focus of Higher Education more towards the sciences and away from Arts and Humanities, and politically as the dominance of England within a post-Brexit UK leads to deeper criticism of the role of English literature in relation to Scotland, Wales and Ireland. As such, this call for papers represents an opportunity to frame some of those debates in a wider context and to shift the locus of English studies away from Anglophone countries to a European context and towards global literatures in English.

To that end, this second International Conference From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English, jointly organized by the Universities of Lincoln (UK), Lisbon (Portugal) and Jaén (Spain), intends to gather scholars from these and other countries in order to examine a wide variety of cultural –ie, textual and/or visual – artefacts belonging to the field of English studies at large. By this we mean those texts produced in English in such diverse contexts as, say, the UK, the United States and Canada, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa or India, among others. And although all sorts of different theoretical and critical approaches are welcome, the overt intention of this Conference will be to develop what we would like to call an European approach to English studies. The rationale behind this endeavour has to do with our intention to contribute to the strengthening of the links between the study of English language and literature in Britain and globally,  as a way to provide some common ground for the relations between various world countries in a post-Brexit scenario. This approach, then, we will call ‘Anglistics’, which according to the Oxford English Dictionary is the term to be employed “[c]hiefly in or with reference to continental Europe” (our emphasis) when addressing “the study of English language or literature” precisely.

Thematic pannels:

  • (Re)read and (re)interpreted in a global age
  • Facing the new map of Europe
  • In the digital post-modern age
  • Interacting with visual culture through the ages
  • The cradle of language and linguistic perspectives
  • Questioning identities
  • Lost (and found?) in translation
  • At the crossroads with transdisciplinary approaches

Proposals must be sent as an e-mail attachment to mantodigit20[at] until 1 July 2020, and must contain the following information:

Extended deadline: 15  September 2020

  • The full title of your paper.
  • A 200-word abstract.
  • Any technical requirements for the presentation (Please, save your power point as doc, docx or Mac. If you are using a Mac, please indicate and bring your own adapter cable).
  • Your name and institutional affiliation.
  • Your postal and e-mail addresses.
  • A short biographical note (100 words).

Due to the extraordinary situation we are living, the organizing commitee will be considered the possibility of presenting some of the papers on an online-format

Please, when sending the proposal make explicit whether your presentation will be face-to-face or online

For further information and updates, check the conference website:

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.