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12th International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies 


Taking as motto “Muta poesis, pictura loquens” (Mute poetry, speaking picture), the Latin version of “Muda Poesia[1], Pintura que fala”[2], the 12th International Conference of the Society for emblem Studies should take place in Coimbra (Portugal), from 28 June to 3 July 2021.

However, the pandemic has particularly impacted Portugal in the last weeks and the uncertainty about making travel arrangements will probably continue for several months in many parts of the world. At this point, in order to ensure that all the participants feel comfortable to attend, and with the approval of the SES Executive Committee, the Organizing Committee has reluctantly decided to postpone the meeting in Coimbra until 2022. 

We deeply regret any inconvenience this change will cause. If you have already registered for the Congress, your registration will be automatically transferred to the new dates: 25-30 July 2022. If you are unable or unwilling to attend at that time, please let us know as soon as possible. 

The conference will cover the entire universe of emblem studies and papers on every aspect of emblematics are welcome. Following on from the traditional thematic lines pursued at previous conferences, this meeting intends to stimulate new research approaches. Additionally, it aims to foster emblem studies and related issues in Portugal.

For those speakers who have already submitted an approved proposal and who did not want to wait such a long time before the meeting, we provided an opportunity to present the communication online. Some sessions are being organized via Zoom, from April 2021 to February 2022. People will be free to attend these "Road to SES Coimbra" sessions, although only approved speakers will have access to deliver a paper in English (20 min. max.). The number of participants will be restricted. The schedule of talks was drawn up by the Organizing Committee.  Sessions will be recorded and put on public display (unless the speakers withhold permission).  

Further information about these online sessions here

Please mind that the final text for the conference proceedings must be submitted by the 1st of September 2022. 


Call for Papers - OPEN

Papers and entire panels on every aspect of your research into emblematics, in addition to these topics, are welcome. Papers can be given in Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Please let us know if you would like to suggest a panel or moderate a section. A brief curriculum (max. 100 words), titles and abstracts (max. 250 words) for a twenty-minute presentation should be sent to by 31st December 2021.

More info



CIEC – Interuniversitary Research Centre for Camonian Studies 

SES - Society for Emblem Studies


Faculty of Arts and Humanities (University of Coimbra)


Ingrid Hoepel (SES)

José Julio Garcia Arranz (University of Extremadura)

José Carlos Seabra Pereira (University of Coimbra / CIEC)

Manuel Ferro (University of Coimbra / CIEC)

Filipa Araújo (CIEC)



Registration will be open in 2022.


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[1] Luís de Camões, Os Lusíadas, Lisboa, 1572, VII. 76, v. 8: “retrato breve/ a muda poesia ali descreve” (the brief portrait / The mute poetry there describes).

[2] Idem, VIII. 41, v. 8. “E, como a seu contrairo natural,/ À pintura que fala querem mal” (And, as to his natural counterpart, / The painting that speaks they loathe).