4-5 December 2014

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade NOVA (Lisbon)

Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. They lead us through space, make us slow down, speed up or stop to contemplate. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same.

      Matteo Pericoli, The New York Times, 03-08-2013

The Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon will organise the interdisciplinary International Conference Arch&Lit: Inter-Arts Dialogue(s), in Lisbon (4-5 December 2014).

Working languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish. No translation will be provided.

We will privilege comparative and transdisciplinary approaches. Potential contributors are invited to submit a 300 word abstract on themes related to any of the following conference tracks:

Architecture & Literature;
Inter-Arts dialogues and poetics-policies of space;
Architectural culture;
Human embodiment (architecture, gender, body) and Literary Studies;
Spatial, Urban and Architectural Theory;
Architectural Humanities;
Architectural hermeneutics;
Identity Studies;
Styles, structures, textures, images, narratives, symbolic forms, and images: the dialogue between architecture and art;
Travel Writing, literary places/spaces, and time;
Literary and visual representations of technological and architectural elements/spaces;
Negotiating spaces and buildings;
The interrelations between literary characters and real/imaginary architectural structures and spaces;
Architecture and Film Studies;
Pacing and tension: the structures of literary texts (Literary Architecture);
Architecture, literature and art as forms of (performing) individual and collective memory;
Utopian and Dystopian Spaces;
Gothic architecture and literature;
Theories of the Everyday;
Built environments in literature and in the Visual Arts;
Archaeology, architecture and literature: ruins, abandoned/obsolete places and other ‘places of memory’;
Literary and Architectural (Post)Modernisms;
Narrating colonial and postcolonial spaces/structures;
Cultural and Psychogeography;
Libraries, archives, bookstores, book fairs and other spaces for/in books.

Papers and panels on the above themes are invited. However, papers/panels on other subjects related to the above topics will also be considered. Participants will be held to a twenty minute presentation limit.

Please submit an abstract and a bio note, by 30 September, 2014, to:

a) the conference convenor: Rogério Miguel Puga (

b) and to:

To insure prompt notification, please include your e-mail address on your submission. If you are willing to chair a session, please note this at the top of your abstract.

Registration fee: 50 euros (BA and MA students 25 euros).

Conference website:

Advisory Committee

Ana Mendes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Anne Myers (University of Missouri, USA)
Carlos Ceia (Universidade Nova, Portugal)
Malcom Miles (University of Plymouth, UK)
Maria Zulmira Castanheira (Universidade Nova, Portugal)
Matteo Pericoli (independent scholar, Laboratory of Literary Architecture):
Neal Alexander (Aberystwyth University, UK)
Paula Morais [London School of Economics; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK]
Pedro Flor (Universidade Aberta; Universidade Nova, Portugal)
Rogério Miguel Puga (Universidade Nova, conference convenor, Portugal)