Call for Papers



Lisbon, 22-27 June 2015

Deadline for paper proposals: January 31st 2015

Deadline for registrations to attend: June 12

Models of belonging have radically changed with modernity, and allegiances to the nation, to religion, class and tradition have been affected by the global flows, by the creative hybridization of the social, by the claim for rights for new identities (in ethnic, gender or religious terms) and not least by the impact of technological mobility on the lives of individuals and societies. Cultural actors have embraced the change and have been increasingly seeking to reform the very notion of democratic citizenship by dint of creation. As the global flows have helped to question traditional understandings of cultural identity, the notion of citizenship itself has been increasingly reshaped to include new forms of belonging, which often use literature as a mediator in the claim for new legal rights.

On the other hand, a new awareness about the importance of the cultural sector for social and economic sustainability, arising from the role played by the cultural and creative industries has not only given vent to a new professional class, that R. Florida has rightly termed the creative class, but has as well provided new challenges and opportunities for those dissecting cultural work and its meaning making potential.

The idea of culture, either as praxis, as a way of knowledge-production, of individual and collective belonging, as product and as singular creation, cannot do without creativity. While this is undoubtedly true for culture, could the same be argued for the economy? Clearly all human action is marked by some sort of cognitive creativity. One never performs the same task in exactly the same manner, one never thinks twice absolutely alike, and as Derrida contended, repetition does not necessarily mean overlapping. But is this the creativity we wish to consider and does it overlap with creation?

The theme of the V Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture focuses on the capabilities of the concept of cultural citizenship as a roadmap for the future, couched in the claim of a new civil contract, sponsored by the arts.

We welcome proposals discussing cultural citizenship from the standpoint of the following issues, amongst others:

–       Reforming citizenship in the cultural sector;

–       Curating as a strategy of citizenship;

–       Globalization and the arts;

–       Transglobal flows and literature;

–       Literature and new global rights;

–       The creative class and cosmopolitan citizenship;

–       Cultural policies and entrepreneurship;

–       Social media, art and the reform movements;

–       Visual culture and the right to look;

Guest Speakers

Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam)

Tisa Ho (Hong Kong Arts Festival)

Marita Sturken (New York University)

Hans Bertens (University of Utrecht)

Igor Štiks (University of Edinburgh)

Karl Erik Schøllhammer (PUC-RIO)

Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins (Centro Nacional de Cultura)

Luisa Leal de Faria (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

Paulo Soeiro Carvalho (General Director for Economy and Innovation at Lisbon City Council)


Esther Peeren (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)

Martin Zierold (Karlshochschule International University)



The Summer School will take place at several cultural institutions in Lisbon and will gather outstanding doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world.

In the morning there will be lectures and master classes by invited keynote speakers.

In the afternoon, participants will be divided into groups (according to their topics) which will function as paper sessions with one permanent chair and two rotating respondents per group.

Participants will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations, after which there will be 15 minutes for questions and discussion of each presentation with the chairs and the other participants. 


Abstract and paper submissions

Proposals for 15-minute papers should be sent to no later than January 31st, 2015.

Submissions should include paper title, abstract in English (200 words), name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning main research interests and ongoing projects.

Participants are requested to send their full papers by June 1st in order to be circulated amongst chairs and students.


Due to a partnership with FLAD – Luso-American Foundation for Development, the Summer School will provide travel and accommodation grants for American citizens or citizens with professional residency in the USA. To apply for the bursary send us a paper proposal and your full CV until January 31th. 

No further scholarships or grants are available at this time.

Organizing Committee

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Peter Hanenberg
  • Alexandra Lopes
  • Paulo de Campos Pinto
  • Daniela Agostinho
  • Filipe Resende

For more information feel free to contact us through


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