International conference to honour Boaventura de Sousa Santos upon the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Social Studies

Imagining the future. Knowledges, experiences, alternatives

November 7 to 10, 2018

FEUC & UC Rectory Auditorium


To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Centre for Social Studies is organizing an international conference at the University of Coimbra, which is also intended as a tribute to  Boaventura de Sousa Santos, the founder, scientific director and spiritus rector of the Centre.

The conference will have the duration of three and a half days. For the first day, a call for papers, directed primarily at young researchers, is being issued. In the following days, the conference will assemble four round tables featuring researchers and intellectuals who have been invited to reflect on several transversal topics of high relevance for the present and future of research in the social sciences and the humanities in a globalized world.

In the spirit of the activity of the Centre during the last 40 years, the congress aims at opening a wide space for debate on some crucial topics of contemporary reflection that may help equate possible dimensions of a concretely imagined future.

Keynote speakers: Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Françoise Vergès, Isabelle Stengers, Shiv Visvanathan, Hugh Lacey, Mogobe Ramose, Nilma Gomes, Rajeev Bhargava, Susan George, Gustavo Esteva, Elisabeth Mpofu, Ramón Grosfoguel, João Cezar Castro Rocha, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Nilma de Sousa, Peter deSouza.

Simultaneous translation is available.

Organizing committee
António Sousa Ribeiro (chair)
Ana Cordeiro Santos
Bruno Sena Martins
Carlos Fortuna
Cláudia Pato de Carvalho
Fernando Fontes
Luca Verzelloni
Miguel Cardina
Sílvia Roque