III International Gynecia Conference: “Gynaecology and Embryology in Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern Texts”

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
University of Lisbon and University of Madeira




“Gynaecology and embryology in Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern Texts”


Lisbon, June 27th to 28th 2022



The Project “Gynecia: Rodericus a Castro Lusitanus and the ancient medical tradition about gynaecology and embryology” organizes, on June 27th to 28th 2022, at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, the III International Gynecia Conference, dedicated to the theme “Gynaecology and embryology in Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern Texts”. The primary aim of the conference is to address all the possible facets and complexities of this theme, within the context of Western Medicine. Scholars working in an area related to the theme of the project and interested in participating in the Conference are invited to send a proposal. Proposals on Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy are welcome, especially those dealing with – but not limited to – one of the following topics:

1) women and/or children’s health;

2) embryology, human and animal generation;

3) pregnancy, (in)fertility, contraception, abortion;

4) monsters and hermaphrodites;

5) materia medica in gynaecological treatises;

6) astrology in medical texts about pregnancy and childbirth;

7) translating texts about women’s and children’s diseases (challenges, relevance and difficulties);

8) rhetoric and medicine.


Presentation of Proposals

Those interested in presenting a scientific communication at the Conference should submit an abstract according to the guidelines indicated below by March 31st. Its acceptance will be communicated by April 22nd 2022. The presentations (up to 20 minutes) may be delivered in any of the official languages of the Conference: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and English. All the communication related to the Conference must be done through the following email: gynecia2022@letras.ulisboa.pt.


Scientific Committee

Arnaldo Espírito Santo (Universidade de Lisboa)

Helen King (Open University)

Henrique Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa)

João Nunes Torrão (Universidade de Aveiro)

José Sotero Gomes (Hospital da Luz, Funchal)

Manuel Vásquez Buján (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Miguel Ángel González Manjarrés (Universidad de Valladolid)

Rodrigo Furtado (Universidade de Lisboa)


Organising Committee

Bernardo Mota (Universidade de Lisboa)

Cristina Santos Pinheiro (Universidade da Madeira)

Gabriel Silva (Universidade de Lisboa)

Joaquim Pinheiro (Universidade da Madeira)

Rui Carlos Fonseca (Universidade da Madeira)



Directions for sending abstracts

Abstracts must be sent to gynecia2022@letras.ulisboa.pt until March 31st 2022 with the following information: name; email address; institutional affiliation; bio-bibliographical note (300 words), title of the presentation; 500 words abstract, 5 keywords, thematic area to which the proposal is ascribed.



The standard registration fee is 100€ with communication; Master or PhD students: 40€;

Attendees fee (with certificate): 20€.

The deadline for payment is May 15th 2022.


Relevant dates

Submission of abstracts – until March 31st 2022.

Confirmation of acceptance – until April 22nd 2022.

Payment – until May 15th 2022.

Conference – June 27th to 28th.