Keynote speakers


Jorge Fazenda Lourenço received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1993 and since then has been associate professor at the Catholic University of Portugal. He is former director of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (2005-12) and former coordinator of the Master and Doctoral Programmes in Cultural Studies (2005-8) at the Catholic University of Portugal. He has been visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, and the University of the Andes, Bogotá. He is the general editor of the Complete Works by Jorge de Sena (7 volumes since 2010). He is the author of four books of essays on Jorge de Sena (1987, 1998, 2002, 2012), two bibliographies of Sena’s work (1991, 1994), and the editor of five anthologies of his poetry and prose (1989, 1989, 1999, 2002, 2004). He edited an anthology of Fernando Pessoa’s poetry (1985), an anthology of critical writings by Charles Baudelaire (2006) and translated Le Spleen de Paris (2007) by the same author. He also translated an anthology of poems by E. E. Cummings (1991) and Harmonium by Wallace Stevens (2006). He has published several essays on modern and contemporary Portuguese and Brazilian literatures. His most recent book, Matéria Cúmplice, received the 2012 Jorge de Sena Award. His research interests include poetry, the Bildungsroman and modernisms.


Mario Perniola is full professor of Aesthetics and director of the research centre “Language and Thought” at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He is former director of the Department of Philosophy at the same University. He has been visiting professor at many universities and research centres in France, Denmark, Brazil, Japan, Canada, USA and Australia. He is author of several books translated into many languages. His most recently published books are Mukiteki na mono no sekkusu apīru (Tōkyō: Heibonsha, 2012), 20th Century Aesthetics: Towards A Theory of Feeling (London: Bloombury, 2013) and Vom katholischen Fühlen (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2013). The works translated into Portuguese are Do sentir (Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 1993); Enigmas. O momento egípcio na sociedade e na arte (Lisboa: Bertrand Editora, 1994); A estética do século XX (Lisboa: Editorial Estampa, 1998); O sex appeal do inorgânico (Coimbra: Ariadne Editora, 2003); Contra a comunicação (Lisboa: Teorema, 2005) and A arte e a sua sombra (Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim, 2006). He has directed the journals Agaragar (1971-3) Clinamen (1988-92) Estetica News (1988-95) and, since 2000, Ágalma. Journal of Cultural Studies and Aesthetics. Homepage:


Michele Cometa is full professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Culture, coordinator of the doctoral programme in European Cultural Studies and, since 2007, dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Palermo. He is former coordinator of the B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (1998-2001) and former head of the Department of Arts and Communication at the University of Palermo (2005-7). He studied German Literature and Philosophy at the Universities of Palermo and Cologne. He is author of several books on German and European culture, from the eighteenth to the twentieth-century. His most recently published books are: L’età di Goethe (2008 [2006]); with Alain Montandon: Vedere. Lo sguardo di E. T. A. Hoffmann (2009); L’età classico-romantica (2009); Studi culturali (2010); La scrittura delle immagini (2012) and Mistici senza Dio. Teoria letteraria ed esperienza religiosa nel Novecento (2012). He has edited works by J. J. Winckelmann, F. Schlegel, M. Mendelssohn, G. E. Lessing, J. W. Goethe, K. F. Schinkel, J. I. Hittorff, G. Lukács, O. Weininger, K. Kraus, E. Jünger. He recently co-edited Die Kunst, das Leben zu “bewirtschaften”. Bios zwischen Politik, Ökonomie und Ästhetik (2013). He translated P. Handke’s Das Spiel vom Fragen, J. W. Goethe’s, Urfaust, Z. Kolitz’s Yossl Rakover wendet sich an Gott, P. Turrini’s Josef und Maria. He is the main editor of the Italian website on Cultural Studies,

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Philip Auslander received his Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the Cornell University in 1983 and is full professor of Performance Studies in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance and courtroom procedures. He is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). In addition to his work on performance, Auslander contributes art criticism regularly to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. His primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to music, media, and technology.


Rui Catalão is a Portuguese performer and writer. Using autobiography, the recent history of his country and an anthropological insight as tools to create fiction, his work deals with memory, chance, fragility, transparency and the way the perception of a given body is affected through storytelling. In the last three years he has presented the solos Inside wordsAv. Dos Bons Amigos and Goya’s Manifesto. He has also directed Untitled, Still Life (with João Galante and Ana Borralho), Domados, ou não (with the students from the Balleteatro School of Oporto), and Melodrama for 2 actors & 1 ghost (with Cláudio da Silva and Sofia Dinger). In Romania, where he lived and worked during 2006-9, he staged the live-movie Atît de frageda and Follow that summer, and presented two series of improvised work: Acum totsi împreuna and Rui (Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti, 2008-9). He wrote the play Esther, adapted from the Old Testament and commissioned by Culturgest PANOS programme for youth theatre companies (2013). He is the editor and co-writer of the book Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Lisbon (to be published later this year). Screenwriter of the films To die like a man (dir. J. P. Rodrigues, 2009) and The golden helmet (dir. J. Cramez, 2007), he also made an appearance as an actor in The face you deserve (dir. Miguel Gomes, 2004). As a dramaturge (and sometimes performer) he has worked with the choreographers João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, João Galante-Ana Borralho (Portugal); Eduard Gabia, Mihaela Dancs, Manuel Pelmus, Madalina Dan (Romania), and Brynjar Bandlien (Norway). He has also worked as literary critic, writing occasionally for the Portuguese daily Público and the monthly magazine Nau XXI. His literary criticism and other texts are available on: