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Epistemologies of the South: Boaventura de Sousa Santos in Dialogue with ALICE

June 22 to 30, 2016, Curia


The Summer School will be held at the Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, located at the village of Curia, in the Centro Region of Portugal, about  2 hours from Lisbon, 1 hour from Porto, 45 minutes from Aveiro and 30 minutes from Coimbra.
The organising commmittee will assure the transport from Coimbra, where the Centre for Social Studies is located, to Curia. The meeting point will be at the Centre for Social Studies on June 22nd at 11.00 am.
To get to Coimbra, you can fly directly to Lisbon or Oporto through various Airlines. You can also travel by train if coming from Spain.

From Lisbon or Oporto you can reach Coimbra by car or by train.

A. For information on how to get there by car, follow the links:

  • From Lisbon - 202 km - Get directions here
  • From Porto - 125 km - Get directions here

B. You can travel comfortably by train, following these directions:

  • From the Lisbon Airport:

Go to the ESTAÇÃO DO ORIENTE to catch a train to Coimbra. To get there you can choose the following options:
a) Taxi -  Approximately 10€ for a 10 minute trip.

b) Metro - Catch the red line and get off at "Oriente" (third stop). The metro works between  6h30 and 1h00m  and trains run regularly  in 7 to 10 minute loops. The fare, one trip charged, is 1,90€. See the Lisbon metro diagram here.
At Oriente, catch a train to a Coimbra-B (the fastest one is the Alfa-Pendular, 1h35m, 22,80€; followed by the Intercidades, 2h00m, 19,20€).

See Comboios de Portugal - CP


  • From Oporto Airport:

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto, is 11 km away from the city, so getting a taxi from there to the railway station is quite expensive (20-25€, with 20 per cent surcharge in the evenings and weekends). The easiest and less costly way will be to take the Metro. The direction to it is signposted throughout the airport, so just follow the signs and take Line E (Purple) from the airport to the Campanhã railway station. Metro trains run about every 20 minutes from early morning until after midnight. That will take about 32 minutes and cost 2,20€ - a Z4 (zone four) ticket. See information on Oporto's metro here.
Catch a train to Coimbra-B. Three types of trains are available at the  Estação de Campanhã: the Alfa Pendular (fastest), the Intercidades and the regional trains. The Alfa trains take around an hour to get to Coimbra (16,70€). The Intercidades takes some more minutes to arrive (13,20€). 

See Comboios de Portugal - CP 



The Curia is located in the heart of Bairrada, a region known for fruity wines and gastronomy. In this area, you can visit some of the country's most famous cellars and taste their wines and sparkling wines. The region provides the combination of a peaceful and bucolic scenery and palaces in Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque style.

Parque Termal da Curia

The Curia Thermal Park, open all year, offers health treatments and a set of possibilities for those who wish to take advantage of the thermal waters in spa, anti-stress and weight loss programmes, or  for those simply  looking to relax. In the extent of the park, there are terraces, ponds, bridges, and, above all, a lot of  freshness and quiet atmosphere, ensuring visitors an encounter with nature.

Bairrada Wine Museum 

Open on September 27, 2003, the Bairrada Wine Museum includes, in addition to the permanent exhibition - Wine Route and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The collection on display mostly dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. The museum perfectly combines new technologies and the most modern audiovisual equipment, thus making this museum a cultural reference. Because of its unique features it is the host site of several cultural and artistic expressions.

Associação Rota da Bairrada

A public-private project, the Rota da Bairrada Association has 32 members, including the eight municipalities that make up the Bairrada territory; Anadia, Cantanhede, Oliveira do Bairro, Aveiro, Vagos, Aveiro, and Coimbra, institutions such as the Wine Museum, the Tourism center and Wine Commission, tourism officials; and Wine producers like Luis Pato, Campolargo cellar, Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede, Casa do Canto, Quinta do Ortigão, Quinta da Mata Fidalga, Aliança Vinhos de Portugal, Quinta de Baixo, Caves do Solar de São Domingos, Caves São João, Quinta do Encontro and Caves Primavera.

At Espaço Bairrada, the former railway station of the Curia, any visitor can have access to a personalized routing of visits to the region; cellars, wineries, gastronomy, nature and heritage, culture and participate in vinous and cultural activities. Regional products are also available for sale here.

Aliança Underground Museum

The Aliança Underground is an exhibition space located in the wine cellars of Alliance Wines of Portugal. Contemplating eight different collections, this museum depicts areas such as archeology, ethnography, mineralogy, paleontology, tiles, ceramics and tin craftmanship covering an impressive length of time with millions of years.

Turismo Centro de PortugalTurismo de Coimbra

The Centro region, with its diverse cultural and environmental landscapes, sandy beaches, enchanting mountains and rivers, medieval villages and a vibrant night life, offers a wide range of possibilities to those who visit.


The Summer School will be held at the  Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, located in the village of  Curia, Centro Region of Portugal, about 2 hours from Lisbon, 1 hour from Porto, and 45 minutes from Coimbra. The Hotel provides access to the Curia Thermal Resort, the Curia Golf Course, with spa, turkish sauna, heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, outdoor pool and gym.






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