Past Events: Organization


2014 | 2013 |2012|20112010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007



In 2014 POLICREDOS organized the following events:
- Series "Religião e..." at CES Coimbra.
Religião e... Política, with Alberta Giorgi (CES) and Jesús David Quintero Aleans (Estudante do Mestrado "Roads to Democracy"), 29 January 2014.Video
Religião e... Epistemologias do Sul, with Élida Lauris (CES) and Luciane Lucas dos Santos (CES), 27 February 2014. Video.
Religiões em espaços, culturas e comunidades urbanas, with Michele Grigolo (CES) and João Emanuel Diogo  (collaborator of POLICREDOS), 23 April 2014.
A religião, espaços e tempos: práticas linguísticas e identitárias em dois contextos migratórios eslavos - no Sul do Brasil e em Portugal, with Jakeline Semechechem (UEM/CAPES) and Olga Solovova (CES), 27 May 2014,.
- Series "Religião e...", at the University Fernando Pessoa (Porto).
Religião e Literatura. UFP rector, Prof. Doutor Salvato Trigo, 8 Janeiro 2014.
Religião, Psicologia e Bioética, with Prof. Doutor José Soares Martins and Prof. Doutora Susana Teixeira. Religião, Política e Guerra, with Prof. Doutora Cláudia Ramos e Prof. Doutor Francisco Queiroga. 13 May 2014.




In 2013 POLICREDOS organized the following events:
- The first seminar of the series "Religião e...": Religião e... Solidariedade em tempo de crise, with Manuel Carvalho da Silva (CES) and Pedro Hespanha (CES), CES Coimbra 2 December 2013. Video.  
- The third International Workshop of Feminist Teologies, CES Lisbon 15-16 November 2013. 
- The Seminar "Chico Mendes como vereador xapuriense (1977-1982) - 25 anos sobre a morte de Chico Mendes" with Matthias Grenzer (PUC), CES Coimbra 2 October 2013.
- Seminars - Religião e Espaço Público. (1) "Religião e Espaço Público: interfaces entre o religioso e o secular em diferentes contextos empíricos" with J. Flávio Ferreira (Doutorando no CES) and Rodrigo Leistner (Doutorando visitante no CES), CES Coimbra 28 June 2013 ; (2) "Do secularismo à regulação do religioso: questões de pesquisa" with Emerson Giumbelli (UFRGS), CES Coimbra 6 September 2013.
- Workshop "Um novo Papa, uma nova Igreja?" with Boaventura da Sousa Santos, Teresa Toldy, Anselmo Borges, and José Carlos Seabra Pereira, Biblioteca Joanina da Universidade de Coimbra, 21 May 2013.
- Round Table "Um novo Papa, uma nova Igreja?", with Alberto Brito, Fernando Ventura, Isabel Galriça Neto and Teresa Toldy, CES Lisbon, 26 March 2013.



In 2012 POLICREDOS organized a summer school in Lisbon: "Secularism, Gender and Democracy" - please, visit the Summer School website.
We also organized and co-organized a number of different scientific events, such as:

- The Conference "Political and Religious Challenges Facing European Muslims" with Tariq Ramadan. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 5 January 2012.
- The first International Workshop of Feminist Teologies "Quem me tocou?" - O corpo nas teologias feministas, CES Lisbon 16-17 November 2012.
- The Gender Workshop "Feministas e Religiões em Diálogo", CES Coimbra 13 December 2012.
- The international conference "Religião: Diálogo, Política, Preconceito", CES Coimbra 14-15 December 2012.
- Talk on liberation theology by Marinete Luzia, doctoral student at FLUC (January 16). More information on this event can be found here.



The main event is 2011 was undoubtedly the International Conference "Challenging Citizenship" - June 3-5, 2011.


But we also organized a number of different scientific events, such as the:


Tueday Seminar


January 18, 2011
Ruy Blanes (ICS, Lisboa): “Sobre a racionalidade do conhecimento religioso: exemplos do profetismo africano”
Comments: Maria Paula Meneses (CES)


February 8, 2011
Michele Grigolo (CES): “Políticas locais de direitos humanos: conceitos, instituições e resultados”
Comments: Silvia Rodríguez Maeso (CES)


March 22, 2011
Joaquim Carvalho, Universidade de Coimbra: “Religiões, Identidades e Cidadania”
Comments: Stefania Barca (CES)


April 12, 2011
Gérard Noiriel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales: “Imigração, memória colectiva e ‘identidade nacional’: O caso francês”
Comments: Elsa Lechner (CES)


May 17, 2011
Valerio Nitrato Izzo (CES): “A ideia de desacordo entre direito e política: para uma crítica da centralidade do consenso”
Comments: Mathias Thaler (CES)


June 21, 2011
Alia Al-Saji (McGill University, Montreal, Spain): “A phenomenology of cultural racism: Veils, bodies and the nature of culture”
Comments: Júlia Garraio (CES)


October 4, 2011
Daniel Weinstock  (University of Montreal, Canada): “The Paradox of Liberal Multiculturalism”

November 15, 2011
Montserrat Galcerán Huguet (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)




Cinema Cycle




October 4th to December 6th, 2010, 21.30, Cerca de Sao Bernardo Theatre



Cinema cycle organized by the Observatory for The Politics of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Southern Europe (POLICREDOS) of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, during which different perspectives on faith (or faiths) in its relationship with some unavoidable questions in the study of contemporary societies: power, sexuality, politics, cultural identities. Films will be commented by researchers from CES, followed by public debate.




October 4th, 2010: Almodóvar, Pedro. Bad Education (2004)
Commented by: Madalena Duarte


October 11th, 2010: Akin, Fatih. Head On (2004)
Commented by: Silvia R. Maeso


October 18, 22, 2010: Costa-Gavras. Amen (2002)
Commented by: Júlia Garraio


November 1, 2010: Mehta, Deepa. Water (2005)
Commented by: Teresa Toldy


November 8, 2010: Mullan, Peter. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Commented by: Adriana Bebiano


November 22, 2010: Pasolini, Pier Paolo. The Gospel According to Matthew (1964)
Comented by: José Manuel Pureza


November 29, 2010: Jones, Terry. Life of Brian (1979)
Commented by: Eduardo Basto


December 6, 2010: Lee, Spike. Malcolm X (1992)
Commented by: Marta Araùjo



Organized workshop:

Secularism: Theory and Practice in Dialogue

19 - 20 de November, 2010, CES - Coimbra


Secularism is clearly one of the constitutive pillars of Europe’s ideological self-image. The notion of secularism consequently serves a number of politically relevant purposes: it marks the point in European history when church and state became institutionally separated; it highlights the constant decline in individual beliefs that is supposedly a sign of successful modernization; and it describes the process of differentiation that allows for a multiplicity of social spheres with their local standards of legitimacy.

This is the standard narrative of secularism, well known from (some traditional schools within) the sociology of religion. The problem with this story is that, if we look at Europe more carefully and from the outside, it is incomplete at best and harmful at worst. The incompleteness of the standard narrative of secularism becomes evident once we take into account the real diversity of life worlds in European societies today. The past experience of colonialist projects and the present experience of immigration patterns shatter the basic assumption that individual beliefs are permanently in decline. Further, the more visible presence of Muslim immigrants in many European societies has led to revisions in the ideological self-image of Europe as secular.

This advanced training course shall offer an overview over these issues by bringing together various disciplines that have secularism as on object of research: theology, philosophy, anthropology and sociology. The advanced training course will be further supplemented by a roundtable discussion with Fernando Catroga (FLUC) around the topic of one of his latest books – secularism and the republic.



AbdoolKarim Vakil (Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies/ Department of History , King's College London )
Angelo Cardita (CES)
Clemens Zobel (CES)
João Cardoso Rosas (Minho University)
Mathias Thaler (CES)
Roberto Merrill (Minho University)
Silas Oliveira
Teresa Toldy (CES/ Fernando Pessoa University, Porto)

Coordinators: Mathias Thaler and Teresa Toldy



Round table:

Between God and Caesar
with Fernando Catroga, FLUC

November 19th, 2010, 19.00, Santa Clara-a-Velha Monastery, Coimbra


The round table with Professor Fernando Catroga (School of Humanities - UC) provided an opportunity to discuss the issues addressed by his book, in its second edition, called: Entre deuses e Césares: secularização, laicidade e religião civil: uma perspectiva histórica (in English, "Between God and Caesar. Secularism, Laity and Civil Religion; an historical perspective") This work is particularly relevant to the Portuguese cultural background due to the systematization of essential data to the discussion of secularization and the reference to the Portuguese reality. The intervention of Professor Fernando Catroga will be discussed by AbdoolKarim Vakil, Silas Oliveira and Teresa Toldy. Chair: Mathias Thaler.


Organized talks:


  • January 18, 2010:  Ronaldo Almeida (Unicamp): "Pluralismo religioso e espaço metropolitano"


  • January 19, 2010: Roberto Merrill (Universidade do Minho Portugal): "Paternalism and Illiberal Minorities"


  • February 9, 2010: Teun Van Dijk (Universidade Pompeu Fabra, Espanha): "Discourse and Racism"


  • March 10, 2010: Smadar Lavie: "Fluxes of Theory and Data in Translation: The English Gatekeepers of Israeli Cultural Knowledge"


  • March 30, 2010: Franz Martin Wimmer (University of Vienna): Cultural Centrisms and Tolerance in the Context of Intercultural Philosophy




  • January 20, 2009: Ramon Sarró (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon, Portugal): "The Kimbanguist Church: From anti-colonial movement to transnational evangelization: From anti-colonial movement to transnational evangelization"


  • February 17, 2009: João Cardoso Rosas (Universidade de Minho Portugal): "How are we to think about which rights should be human rights?"


  • March 29, 2009: Alfonso Pérez-Agote and José Santiago (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain): "Los límites de la secularización: hacia una versión analítica de la teoría"


  • April 22, 2009: Angel Rivero (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain): "De la obligación de obedecer a la tolerancia religiosa: Política y Religión en el Pensamiento Moderno"


  • September 22, 2009: Marta Araújo (CES): "Desafiando Narrativas Dominantes sobre a Diversidade em Portugal"




  • October 21, 2008: Mihaela Mihai (University of Toronto, Canada): "Transitional Justice and the Quest for a Democratic Emotional Culture"




  • May 31, 2007: Conference organized at FEUC, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Maria Paula Meneses, Margarida Calafate Ribeiro and António Sousa Ribeiro "Islão e Cristianismo em Diálogo: uma abordagem política"




  • June 19, 2006: international conference organized at CES, by Maria Paula Meneses and Margarida Calafate Ribeiro: "Islamismo, muçulmanos, globalização"



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