INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Queen Elizabeth II: Life, Times, Legacies

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2023
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Department of Modern Languages, Cultures and Literatures NOVA FCSH

Queen Elizabeth II: Life, Times, Legacies
Department of Modern Languages, Cultures and Literatures
Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus de Campolide
17-19 April 2024




The reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022) was the longest so far in the history of the British monarchy. Partly due, without doubt, to its exceptional duration, her seventy-year reign witnessed momentous events with far-reaching consequences, such as the end of the Empire; the decline of Britain on the international political scene; the ‘troubles’ and unrest within the British Isles and the prospect of a DisUnited Kingdom; the emergence and consolidation of popular and youth cultures and the relationship between the Crown and the media, to name but a few. The period is also of particular interest for Anglo-Portuguese Studies, as it raises issues such as the political relations between the two oldest allies during the Salazar/Caetano regime, the official visits, the impact of World War II, decolonisation, and the Revolution of the 25th April 1974, amongst others. This International Conference seeks to analyse and assess Elizabeth’s life, times, and legacies across a broad range of disciplines, themes and topics, such as

The British Monarchy
The British and Other European Monarchies
Monarchy and National Identity(ies)
Monarchy and Republic
British Institutions
Britain and the Emergence of Popular and Youth Cultures
Britain and the Welfare State
Britain in/and Europe
Britain and Brexit
Britain and Portugal: The Alliance during Elizabeth II’s Reign
Britain in/and the World
Britain and the USA: A Special Relationship?
The Queen and the European Monarchies
The Queen: Biographies and Chronicles
The Queen in Literature
The Queen in/and the Visual Arts
The Queen in/and the Media
Screening the Queen: Cinema and Television
Staging and Singing the Queen: Theatre and Music
The Queen and the (Re)Invention of Tradition(s)
The Queen, Memorabilia, and Merchandising
The Queen in/and Fashion
Royal Spaces and Geographies
The Queen in and out of doors: Sport, Animals, and Pets
The Queen and her Royal Residences
The Royal Family: Past, Present (and Future?)

Confirmed keynote speakers:
João Carlos Espada (IEP, Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
John Darwin (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
Martin Dale (University of Minho)
Pedro Aires de Oliveira (NOVA FCSH)
Philip Murphy (University of London)
Steve Marsh (University of Cardiff)
Teresa Pinto Coelho (NOVA FCSH)


English and/or Portuguese



The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Submissions should be sent by email to including the title of the paper, an abstract (250-300 words), the author’s data (name, affiliation, contact address) and the author’s bio-note (150 words).


Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2023 Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2023 Deadline for registration: 31 December 2023

Registration details will be posted online in October 2023 All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. More information available later at



Physical (Onsite) Presentation: 130.00 €

Online Presentation: 120.00 €

Onsite (Physical) Listener: 80.00 €

Online Listener: 70.00 €

Students: 30.00 €

Members of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, CETAPS, IHC, IN2PAST and external supervisors to NOVA FCSH Masters in Teacher Education: Free


Scientific Committee:
Carlos Ceia
Conceição Castel-Branco
Gabriela Gândara Terenas
Iolanda Freitas Ramos
Isabel Oliveira
João Paulo A. Pereira da Silva
Maria Zulmira Castanheira
Miguel Alarcão
Rogério Miguel Puga
Teresa Botelho
Teresa Pinto Coelho

Organising Committee:
Carlos Ceia
Gabriela Gândara Terenas
Iolanda Freitas Ramos
João Paulo A. Pereira da Silva
Maria Zulmira Castanheira
Miguel Alarcão

Cristina Carinhas
Mariana Gonçalves