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CFP: On Portraiture, Theory, Practice and Fiction (Deadline: 30 Nov.)

"On Portraiture, Theory, Practice and Fiction. From Francisco de Holanda to Susan Sontag"

CIEBA-Artistic Studies Research Centre, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon

26-28 April 2021

'Isabella of Portugal', Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1450


This colloquium intends to discuss the theory and practice of artistic, historical, anthropological, social and political experience on the topic of portraiture, as well as the fictional dimension contained within it. Located at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, the discussion(s) and papers will address the portrait as a concept, theme, process, object (monument and document) and device, in its multiple developments and in its successive conceptual, technological and contextual updates.

More than defining a temporal framework, the subtitle – From Francisco de Holanda to Susan Sontag – underscores the dynamic porosity on the researched topic in the fields of art and literature, as well as, in its mutual reversibility.

Call for Abstracts:

All those interested in participating must send an abstract of up to 400 words, including title, name, affiliation, and text, along with a brief curriculum summary of 50 words maximum by November 30, 2020.

Results will be released by December 31, 2020.

Official CFP flyer with proposal submission guideline can be downloaded below.

All questions should be emailed to

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