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Call for Papers

International Conference

Theatre: Aesthetics and Power

Lisbon, 21-22 November 2013

Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras


As an aesthetic, literary and philosophical expression, theatre has had a central role in the human spirit since ancient Greece. Theatre is not only a mirror of human passions and the satirical mirths they can provoke, but also an expression of the political phenomena where it is possible to feel the pulse of society. Theatrical performance is a complex reality, inviting to a wide range of analysis and perspectives. Theatre can be either an individual voice of perplexity or resistance, of satire or turmoil or a collective political voice, as it grows from the polis and into the polis sheds its strength. This conference aims to promote a reflection on theatre and its multiple dimensions: performative, literary, philosophical, historical, political and social, as well as its interaction with other arts.


The conference will be organized into plenary sessions (with invited speakers) and parallel sessions.


Work Languages : Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian

Communication length: 20 minutes


We will consider proposals for:

- Individual communications ,

- Panel sessions with three communications  (sent by one of the panelists)


The proposals (to be reviewed by the Advisory Committee) should include the following information:

a) Title of the communication/ Name of the panel and the title of its communications;

b) Abstract (up to 200 words per communication);

c) Author’s name;

d) Institutional affiliation;

e) Address and E-mail;

f) Brief CV (up to 100 words).


A selection of communications presented during the conference will be published.


Deadline for proposals: May 15th 2013

Notification of acceptance:  June 30th 2013


Please send your proposals to

teatro.poder.2013@gmail.com, Subject: Communication/ Panel proposal


Registration fees

– Until September  15th 2013: 90 Euros*

– From  September 16th until  October 31st 2013: 120 Euros*

* MA and PhD students will benefit from a 50% discount upon proof of the student status.



The registration will only be considered valid after confirmation of payment.

– All participants should take care of their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Hotels will be suggested in due time.


Advisory Committee

Cristina Abranches Guerreiro

Jacopo Masi

José Camões

José Pedro Serra

Maria Helena Serôdio

Maria João Almeida

Maria João Brilhante

Sofia Isabel Frade



Centro de Estudos de Teatro (José Camões, Maria João Almeida, Andreia Martins)

Centro de Estudos Clássicos (Jacopo Masi, José Pedro Serra, Sofia Isabel Frade)