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12th International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies 

SES Conference Coimbra 2021

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 will take place in Coimbra (Portugal), from Monday 28 June to Saturday 3 July, 2021.

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.


Call for Papers deadline: 31 October 2020

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 31 October 2020.

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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 Cáceres)

José Carlos Seabra Pereira (University of Coimbra / CIEC)

Manuel Ferro (University of Coimbra / CIEC)

Filipa Araújo (CIEC)



Registration will be open from December 2020 to April 2021. For those speakers who have already registered, it will not be necessary to do it again. For those who didn’t, the new deadline for reduced fees will be between December 2 and January 31, 2021. Regular registration will be open until April 30, 2021.


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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).