Breaking Boundaries: Academia, Activism and the Arts

Dates: 25-26 September 2019
Venue: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Submissions: Until 28 June 2019 – CLOSED



The international conference Breaking Boundaries: Academia, Activism and the Arts proposes to bring into focus and critically question common grounds and boundaries between and within the Humanities, political activity and aesthetic production.

Keynote Speakers:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.  He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Danish, Romanian and Polish. His most recent project ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.  His most recent books in English are: The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South. Durham and London: Duke University Press (2018); Decolonising the University: The Challenge of Deep Cognitive Justice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. Boaventura de Sousa Santos also writes lyrics for rap, as shown in his book Rap Global (Rio de Janeiro, Aeroplano, 2010; Confraria do Vento, 2019).

Daniella Aguiar works as artist, researcher and professor. She is currently a professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia, where she teaches Dance at B. A. level, Performing Arts at M. A. level and Literary Studies at Post-graduate level. There she also coordinates the research group that focuses on Dance and Intermediality. She has being developing artistic and theoretical research in intersemiotic and intermedial translation since 2007, investigating mainly the creative relationships between dance and other media (literature, music, theatre, mobile media). She developed tools for creative and methodological research based on intersemiotic translation with the aim of intersecting artistic and theoretical practices. Moreover, she discussed in artistic and academic arenas various formats of presenting and sharing research on the Arts, exploring lecture as performance.

Shahd Wadi is Palestinian among other possibilities, but the freedom is mostly Palestinian. She sought her resistance through her PhD thesis in Feminist Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, which was published in a book entitled “Bodies in a Bundle: Artistic-Life-Stories of Palestinian Women in Exile” (2017). She was also nominated by The European Project for Research Dissemination (ERD), to be part of the platform of Best European Young Researcher. She holds Master’s degree in the same field with a thesis entitled “Feminisms of Occupied Bodies: Palestinian Women between Two Resistances” (2011) She was the first in Portugal to receive each of these degrees in this field. In her research she addresses the narratives and representations of women’s bodies in cultural and artistic contemporary creations as simultaneously silence and site of resistance in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She considers art a life testimony, also her own.

Organizing Committee:

Laura Fracalanza (CEC, Ulisboa)

Laura López Casado (CEC, Ulisboa)

Rosa Churcher Clarke (CEC, ULIsboa)

Vanessa Montesi (CEC, ULisboa)

Scientific Committee:

Doris Wieser (CEC, Ulisboa)

Pénélope Patrix (CEC, ULisboa)

Susana Araújo (CEC, ULisboa)

The event was possible thanks to the collaboration between three different research groups within the University of Lisbon’s Centre for Comparative Studies, namely:

– Feminisms and Sexual and Gender Dissidence in the Global South

– CILM – City and (In)Security in Literature and the Media

– Off-Off Lisbon: Alternative Urban Narratives

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