new directions and challenges in text and image studies

The City of Porto will host the Sociedad Española de Emblemática XIII International Conference, inspired by Seneca’s maxim: IGNORANTI QUEM PORTUM PETAT, NULLUS SUUS VENTUS EST [‘If one does not know to what port they are steering, no wind is favourable’] (Seneca, Letters, 71, 3), ’emblematic combined’ with the female personification of Air, represented in the central azulejo [tiles] panel in the cloister of Porto Cathedral (attributed to António Vital Rifarto).
Under the auspices of ‘good winds’ conducting to this safe port, the SEE invites the scientific community to submit innovative contributions to the field of text and image culture, in general, and emblem studies, in particular—from a wide and interdisciplinary perspective. Departing from this holistic vision, the conference aims at stimulating new perspectives towards the study of images and emblematic literature, that can be extended to the Portuguese reality. We therefore call for a wide range of thematic contributions.

About the event

The Sociedad Española de Emblemática’s main activity lies in its biennial conferences which, since the I Simposio Internacional de Emblemática (Teruel, 1991), took place in cities that are closely connected with academic studies on Spanish Emblematics: La Coruña, Cáceres, Castellón, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela or Vitoria. The main objective of these events is to divulge, from a wide range of research lines, projects and initiatives, both individual and collective that have been under development during these last decades, within the vast and complex multidisciplinary scope of the relation between text and image. At the same time, they allow for the reunion as well as the personal and academic interrelationship of associates. The Proceedings of these meetings have brought a solid contribute for these studies within the international scientific context. Although interventions pertaining to Portuguese symbolic culture and emblematics have always been present at the Sociedad’s scientific events – several Spanish-Portuguese seminars on symbolic culture have taken place in both countries – it is with the XIII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Emblemática that the official meeting of the SEE happens for the first time in Portugal, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. It presents itself as an exceptional opportunity so strengthen bonds between specialists from both Portugal and Spain, and at the same time to consolidate future common lines of work and research around Emblematics and its related fields of research.

Organization Conference

Scientific Committee

Alejandro Martínez Sobrino (Universidad del País Vasco)

Antonio Bernat Vistarini (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

César Chaparro Gómez (Universidad de Extremadura)

Fátima Díez Platas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Filipa Medeiros (Universidade de Coimbra, Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos)

Hugo Barreira (Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Letras /CITCEM)

José Augusto de Sotto Mayor Pizarro (Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Letras)

José Javier Azanza López (Universidad de Navarra)

José Manuel López Vázquez (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Juan Manuel Monterroso Montero (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Luis Robledo Estaire (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid)

Pedro Germano Leal (John Carter Brown Library)

Rafael García Mahíques (Universitat de València)

Rafael Zafra Molina (Universidad de Navarra)

Reyes Escalera Pérez (Universidad de Málaga)

Sagrario López Poza (Universidad de A Coruña)

Sergi Doménech Garcia (Universidad de Valencia)

Teresa Zapata Fernández de la Hoz (Centro de Estudios y Tasaciones de Arte-CETARTE, Madrid)

Vicent F. Zuriaga Senent (Universidad Católica de Valencia)

Zulmira C. Santos (Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Letras /CITCEM)

Organizing Committee

Ana Cristina Sousa (Faculdade de Letras do Porto /CITCEM)

Carme Lopez Calderón (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela / IACOBUS)

José Julio García Arranz (Universidade da Extremadura / Patrimonio&ARTE)


Marisa Santos (FLUP /CITCEM)

Collaborating Institutions

IACOBUS – Grupo de Investigação, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Patrimonio&ARTE – Grupo de Investigação, Universidade da Extremadura


The Transdisciplinary Research Centre “Culture, Space and Memory” is an I&D unit recognized and funded by FCT, specialized in research within the scientific domains of Humanities, specially in the fields of History, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural and Literary Studies, Museology, Historical Demography, Sociabilities, but also including other fields within Social Sciences. Created in 2007 as a result of the fusion between previous research units, CITCEM has taken the challenge of structure itself as a transdisciplinary research platform, with the ability to promote the articulation with advanced training, research internationalization and knowledge spreading within its thematic fields.

About The Sociedad Española de Emblemática

The Sociedad Española de Emblemática (SEE) was founded in 1995 and aims, in accordance with its Statutes, to foster the study of Emblematics and other related fields, their origins and influence on other cultural forms, in all periods, countries and languages, although paying special attention to the Ibero-American reality (Spain, Portugal and Latin America).
In order to contribute to developing such studies, as well as providing and disseminating the scientific information of interest among its members, the SEE organises a biannual conference and publishes both a scientific journal (Imago. Revista de Emblemática y Cultura Visual) and a newsletter.