Colloquium Poepolit “The poetic and the political in nowadays”

The Colloquium Poepolit – “The poetic and the political in nowadays” will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, on September 20 and 21, 2018.

Free Admission.


Call for Papers: International Conference “Knowing me, Knowing Things”

A homage to Maria Velho da Costa on her 80th birthday

The International Conference “Knowing me, knowing things: a homage to Maria Velho da Costa on her 80th birthday” will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto and the São João National Theatre (TNSJ) during November 8-9, 2018. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest authors of Portuguese literature in the last half-century, the work of Maria Velho da Costa has been the object of various studies and articles, thus evidencing the continuing interest and currentness of her writings. This event is a joint project of the Intertextualities Group of the Institute for Comparative Literature and the São João National Theatre (TNSJ); its purpose is to commemorate the oeuvre of Maria Velho da Costa on the year of her 80th birthday through a number of activities which will certainly contribute to the promotion and study of her life and works.

Among these activities, we will have the pleasure of welcoming two confirmed keynote speakers, Claudia Pazos-Alonso(University of Oxford), Helena Carvalhão Buescu(University of Lisbon), and Maria Irene Ramalho(University of Wisconsin-Madinson/University of Coimbra), and hosting a roundtable discussion with artists who have worked, both in the theatre and the cinema, with Maria Velho da Costa’s oeuvre.

Researchers and scholars of Maria Velho da Costa are also welcome to present and discuss their findings and considerations. The conference will be structured around five main topics:

  • Censorship and the political dimension of Maria Velho da Costa’s work;
  • Maria Velho da Costa and feminism in Portugal and throughout the world;
  • Intermedialities (theatre, cinema, visual arts);
  • Intextualities and hybridisms;
  • Gender relations in Maria Velho da Costa’s fiction.

The participation of junior researchers will be a priority.

Languages: Portuguese will be the main language of this event, but submissions in English, French and Spanish will also be accepted.

Submissions should include: title of presentation; topic of presentation; an abstract of 200-300 words; a brief biographical note of up to 200 words. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals should be submitted (in Word format) to

Submissions are due by September 16th, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: from September 17thto 21st, 2018.

The registration should be done through this link,

First phase of registration: from September 22ndto 30th, 2018.

Participants: €100

Students: €50

Second phase of registration: from October 1stto 12th, 2018.

Participants: €120

Students: €60

(this amount covers registration, folder, certificate and coffee-breaks).

Programme: until October 22nd, 2018.


Scientific Committee:
Ana Luísa Amaral
Ana Paula Coutinho
Isabel Allegro Magalhães
Jorge Fernandes da Silveira
Manuel Gusmão
Marinela Carvalho Freitas

Organizing Committee:
Daniel Floquet
Elisabete Marques
Ivana Schneider
Lurdes Gonçalves
Marta Correia
Rui Mesquita

International Conference Queering Luso – Afro – Brazilian Studies

The 4th Edition of the International Conference Queering Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, taking place at the University of Porto, on June, 1st – 2nd, 2018, carries on the project initiated with the colloquium Queeriserle canon littéraire et artistique luso-brésilien.
This event aims to promote queer readings of both canonical and “minor” or neglected Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African writers and artists from any historical period.

New Book “Ofício Múltiplo: poetas em outras artes”

With the collection Frontiers of Knowledge, the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa intends to divulge the outcome of the research developed within the scientific program Literature and Frontiers of Knowledge: Politics of Inclusion. The books published in this collection are a result of the theoretical and critical reflection undertaken both by the ILC members and other renowned researchers around the three fields of action that have characterized the activities of the Centre along the last two decades: Inter/Transculturalities, Intermedialities and Intersexualities.

Recurring to concepts and notions such as Memory, Exile, Gender, Sexualities, Human or Community, Frontiers of Knowledge aims at developing new ways for critically approaching transdisciplinary, interdiscursive and interartistic relations, thus relocating Literature and its study within a truly interdisciplinary community towards an inclusive society.

“Ofício Múltiplo: poetas em outras artes”, organized by Joana Matos Frias, Pedro Eiras and Rosa Maria Martelo, probes the work of authors who resort to many different kinds of artistic languages.  We use the phrase “ofício múltiplo” (“multiple crafts”) to describe this multiplicity of creative media. In its ample diversity, this collection outlines a journey across boundaries which challenges the established epistemological divisions between the arts and tests the waters of intermedial invention.

Plenary Conference by Miguel Vale de Almeida

Miguel Vale de Almeida is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of Anthropology of the University Institute of Lisbon.

In the International Colloquium Queering Luso – Afro – Brazilian Studies he talked about the “intersection of work, race, gender and sexuality in Portugal’s colonial and post-colonial continuum”