CINEMA AND THE WORLD – STUDIES ON SPACE AND CINEMA – Comparatistas – english version


P.I.: Filipa Rosário


‘Cinema and the World: Studies on Space and Cinema’ proposes to question and extend the scientific discussion on filmic spatiality. In a time defined by the radical shift of the films’ exhibition practice and audience reception, mise en scène and cinematic dispositifs react differently to the contemporaneous, fragmented, shrinking perception of the world. Here, the aesthetic, philosophical, historical and political are taken into account in the analysis of the ways time is spatialized in the moving image creation (screenwriting, camera work, editing) and apprehension (the apparatus).

The project’s team works autonomously on representations of the city in film, landscape, national cinemas, censorship, the archive and the moving image, women within the industry, relations between literature and film, screenwriting studies, political cinema. The group interests’ heterogeneity is an added value to the prolificacy of the discussions, while allowing for multiple thematic articulations to arise.


The project aims to

  • Explore, map and examine the Film Studies, individual researches currently being prepared at the School of Arts and Humanities;
  • Build a discussion group that, by meeting on a monthly basis, enables researchers to share and test their own individual scientific dilemmas, doubts, hypotheses and breakthroughs;
  • Create a dialogue between the School’s researchers and Film Studies scholars (professors, independent researchers, visiting scholars, Ph. D. candidates) researching in Lisbon, thus allowing for synergies to be built not only among different scientific approaches to the moving image, but also between national and international institutions;
  • Organize national and international conferences and symposiums, in order to bring the team’s monthly scientific discussions to a wider, highly specialized and proficient audience;
  • Disseminate the team’s scientific work, specifically by publishing in open-access peer-reviewed publications and with international publishing houses;
  • Cooperate with Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema, theatres, museums, cultural associations, directors and other moving image professionals, so as to organize encounters and talks opened to the community.


Filipa Rosário
Bárbara Vallera
Clara Rowland
Elena Cordero
Érica Rodrigues
Iván Villarmea
Jeffrey Childs
Joana Bicacro
João Ribeirete
José Duarte
Luis Miguel Cardoso
Pedro Florêncio
Rita Benis
Sandra Camacho
Simone Calvacante
William Pianco
Yana Kaufmann


  • ‘Movement as Immobility – A Conference on Film and Christianity’, November 24 and 25, 2017. FLUL, FCSH-UNOVA, Caleidoscópio, UL/Reitoria.
  • International Symposium Daniel Blaufuks: Routes and Intersections’, October 9 and 10, 2017. FLUL.
  • International Symposium Women in Iberian Cinema, September 11 and 12, 2017. FLUL.
  • Round table Women in Portuguese Cinema, September 11, 2017. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
  • Conference Stan Brakhage Por Suranjan Ganguly, May 15, 2017. Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema.
  • Round table Portugal, Cinema e Crise, March 13, 2017. Cinema Ideal (Salão Ideal).
  • Lecture ‘Paisagem, cinema e revolução: o caso soviético’, March 10, 2017. Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema.
  • International Conference on Space and Cinema, November 28 – 30, 2016, FLUL.


  • 2016 Rosário, Filipa. Love Streams. Para uma leitura de Opening Night a partir da obra de John Cassavetes. Lisboa: Sistema Solar.
  • 2016 Benis, Rita. “Vai e Vem, uma figura ao centro do texto”. In A Escrita do Cinema: Ensaios, In Rowland, Clara and Bértolo, José (eds.), Documenta, Assírio & Alvim e Centro de Estudos Comparatistas.
  • 2016 Rosário, Filipa. “A totalidade no fragmento: Autobiografia e rizoma no último filme de Paulo Rocha”. In Rowland, Clara and Conley, Tom (eds.) Falso Movimento: ensaios sobre escrita e cinema. Lisboa: Cotovia.
This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.