Echoes of Eco (20-22 Feb. 2017)

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School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Call for Papers

On the 19th of February, Umberto Eco left us. For decades his words taught us and seduced us in an agreeable balance of the Horatian motto docere et delectare thus brought to our own times.
The multiple translations of both his critical and fictional works bound generations of readers all around the world in a fertile dialogue enriched in its globalism as well as in its specificity according to singular contexts of reception.
Eco's remarkable and unique approach to medieval culture, both as a critic and a literary writer, was exceptional in the improvement and dissemination of Medieval Studies. Along with his writings on the Middle Ages, he also produced a vast work in contemporary issues, which reveals his extensive interest in many areas, such as Philosophy, History, Linguistics and Semiotics, Literary Theory, among others.
Having Eco's contributions in mind, GIMTA - Grupo Interdisciplinar de Medievalismo Teresa Amado –, a group which brings together the four different areas of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Language Sciences, Philosophy, History and Literatures, Arts and Cultures), invites all those who wish to participate in this Conference to present papers in the multiple areas heralded by Umberto Eco.
Eco started by studying Saint Thomas Aquinas (1956) and ended by travelling with a salmon (2016). On his way, he spoke about books, beauty, James Bond, Star Wars, symbols, legendary lands and places, open works and hermeneutics, readers, fables, painters, lies, irony, wars and platypuses, the history of many things, and, among them, he spoke particularly about the Middle Ages.
Eco taught us that there are no strong divisions among the objects upon which we reflect and that is the spirit which inspires GIMTA.
In this Conference, we invite all the participants to think with Eco. We will accept proposals in which the relation with any aspect of the scientific works, literary books or essays by Umberto Eco will be evident.

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to the conference email:
More information (including the social programme and registration details) will be available soon on the conference website:

When submitting your proposal, please provide the following information in Word document:
1. Author's Name;
2. Email address;
3. Institutional affiliation and position;
4. Title of presentation and format
5. Abstract;
6. Keywords (approximately 5-7);
7. Short biographical note;
8. AV requirements.

The deadline for abstracts or proposals is September 5, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by October 3.
The working languages are Portuguese and English.
The organisers plan to publish selected papers presented during the conference in a peer-reviewed edited collection and/or a journal.

Registration for participants:
Early bird fee: 90€
Regular fee: 110€
Early bird fee student: 15 €
Regular fee student: 20 €