International Conference

International Conference
15 a 17 de Outubro de 2020 | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal



Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri: Art & Culture International Conference


Deadline: May 10th  

Due to the efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequent instability, the call for papers' deadline was extended until 10 May 2020. So far, the conference will maintain its date:  15-17 October 2020

Theme: Oratorian art (architecture, painting, sculpture, music, etc.) through all periods and geographical areas

Paper proposals: 300 words + a brief biographical sketch of 100 words

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After some years living in a religious congregation and carrying out pious works in Rome, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), usually identified as the Third Apostle of Rome, saw the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri formally recognised by a papal bull in 1575. The members of the congregation - known as Oratorians - were secular priests living together under a Rule without having taken religious vows. From early on, the Oratorians were in close connection with parishes, serving as clergy and getting involved in apostolate, assistance and education, as well as in the production of art. Later on, numerous Oratorian congregations were established across Europe, as well as in America and Asia. These congregations functioned autonomously, but maintained direct connections between them, forming a kind of confederation; unlike other religious orders, they were not subordinated to a central authority.
The Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (Rome) was granted as the headquarters of the first Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri; it was completely renovated soon after, and consecrated in 1577. This church is an artistic masterpiece, having received contributions from some of the most renowned artists and architects from the 16th century onwards. Whilst the Oratorians apparently never developed their own brand of "artistic style" - as occurred with other religious institutions -, the fact remains that they sponsored a vast number of works of art, often of considerable significance, forming a corpus that is yet to be studied in due depth.

We are thus encouraging academic researchers and independent scholars to present their paper proposals (300 words + a brief biographical sketch of 100 words) for the international conference Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri: Art & Culture, to debate on Oratorian art (architecture, painting, sculpture, music, etc.) through all periods and geographical areas.

The conference will take place in Lisbon, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, between 15 and 17 October 2020, organised by ARTIS - Institute of Art History, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon.


ARTIS - Institute of Art History, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos  (chaiman  -  University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Sagara Jayasinghe  (University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
Lúcia Marinho  (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Vítor Serrão  (chairman  -  University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Alessandro Zuccari  (University of Rome - Sapienza, Italy)
Audrey Adamczak  (University of Paris IV - Sorbonne, France)
Fernando Marías  (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain)
François-Xavier Carlotti  (University Jean-Moulin Lyon 3, France)
Hélder Carita  (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Helen Hills  (University of York, United Kingdom)
José Manuel Fernandes  (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Manuel Joaquim Moreira da Rocha  (University of Oporto, Portugal)
Michael Lang  (University of London, United Kingdom)
Michele Nicolis  (Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Italy)
Myriam Ribeiro de Oliveira  (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Olga Melasecchi  (Jewish Museum of Rome, Italy)
Paul Wodrazka  (Apostolic Nunciature in Vienna, Austria)
Pedro Guedes  (University of Queensland, Australia)
Rafael Castañeda García  (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)
Stefano Zen  (Pegaso Telematic University of Naples, Italy)
Zoltán Biederman  (University College of London, United Kingdom)
(to be announced soon)
15 January - 10 May 2020 - Call for papers
15 May 2020 - Papers and posters acceptance notification
31 August 2020 - Full paper submission deadline
20 May - 30 June 2020 - Early registration for speakers and participants
01 July - 30 September 2020 - Regular registration for speakers and participants
15 - 16 October 2020 - International conference in Lisbon
17 October 2020 - Conference tour
(to be announced soon)
(to be announced soon) 



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