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The XI Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, under the topic “Convivial Cultures”, is the final public activity of the 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. The 4Cs is a European Cooperation Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Founded in 2017 and ending in 2021, the 4Cs aims at responding to a series of emerging social and cultural challenges such as migration, securitization, and freedom of expression by raising awareness about the role of creative and cultural work in the strengthening of European responsibility and European citizenship in a project of peace and conviviality.


Welcoming contributions from the fields of Cultural, Literary, Translation, Visual Arts, Music, and Performance Studies, the 11th edition of the Summer School intends to reflect on the interrelation between different notions and applications of conviviality, to examine the growing awareness of the need for new cultures of conviviality, and to discuss the necessity to rethink, reconceptualize, and redefine the relationship between humans and between humans and the world they live in.  


The Lisbon Summer School invites proposals by doctoral students and post-docs that address, though may not be strictly limited to, the topics below:

  • Creativity and conflict/conviviality
  • Conviviality/conflict in/and the arts
  • Representations of conviviality
  • Conviviality/Friendship/Solidarity/Commons
  • Social change and planetarity
  • Multispecies entanglements
  • Multi- / Inter- / Trans- Culturalities
  • Participatory and relational practices
  • Conviviality and digitally-mediated networks
  • Cultures of conviviality and interdependence
  • Translation and Conviviality
  • Artistic and cultural convivial practices 

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 there will be paper presentations by doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.


Paper proposals

Proposals should be sent to lxsummerschool@gmail.com no later than March 21st 2021 and include paper title, abstract in English (max. 200 words), name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning ongoing research.

Applicants will be informed of the result of their submissions by April 21st, 2021.


Rules for presentation

The organizing committee shall place presenters in small groups according to the research focus of their papers. They are advised to stay in these groups for the duration of the Summer School, so a structured exchange of ideas may be developed to its full potential.



Full papers submission

Presenters are required to send in full papers by May 30th, 2021.

The papers will then be circulated amongst the members of each research group, and in the slot allotted to each participant (30’) only 10’ may be used for a brief summary of the research piece. The Summer School is a place of networked exchange of ideas and organizers wish to have as much time as possible for a structured discussion between participants. Ideally, in each slot, 10’ will be used for presentation, and 20’ for discussion.


Registration fees

Participants with paper – 290€ for the entire week (includes lectures, master classes, doctoral sessions, lunches, and closing dinner)

Participants without paper – 60€ per session/day | 190€ for the entire week


Fee waivers

For The Lisbon Consortium students, there is no registration fee.

For students from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Universities affiliated with the European Summer School in Cultural Studies and members of the PhD Net in Literary and Cultural Studies the registration fee is 60€.


Organizing Committee

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Peter Hanenberg
  • Alexandra Lopes
  • Diana Gonçalves
  • Paulo de Campos Pinto
  • Ana Fabíola Maurício
  • Luísa Santos
  • Adriana Martins
  • Inês Espada Vieira
  • Rita Faria


4Cs Lisbon Team

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • Luísa Santos
  • Peter Hanenberg
  • Ana Fabíola Maurício
  • Inês Espada Vieira
  • Adriana Martins
  • Ana Cristina Cachola
  • Daniela Agostinho
  • Maria Eduarda Duarte


4Cs Steering Committee

  • Isabel Capeloa Gil – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (PT)
  • Luísa Santos – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (PT)
  • Cecilia Widenheim – Tensta Konsthall (SE)
  • Bonaventure Ndikung – Savvy Contemporary (DE)
  • Michaela Crimmin – Royal College of Art (UK)
  • Anna Saurí – Fundació Antoni Tàpies (ES)
  • Egija Inzule– Vilnius Academy of Arts (LT)
  • Birgitte Kirkhoff Eriksen – Museet for Samtidskunst (DK)
  • Anna Bernagozzi – ENSAD (FR)



For more information please visit the Lisbon Consortium website here.