16 AND 17, 2016

14 AND 15, 2016

16, 17 AND 18, 2016




The hope in the possibility of building a fairer and more fraternal future in order to achieve a better world is present in all human cultures since ancient times. It is an aspiration that has laid the foundations of the most humanizing characteristic of culture and is the motive for the creation of utopias, which had a special impact in the previous millennium and influenced universal thought, especially since the dawn of Modernity.

2016 deserves to be highlighted as a particularly important year to revisit the history of the Portuguese and international utopian thought, since it marks the centenary of some very relevant dates for the hope of a rebirth for humanity.

One of the most fruitful and inspiring utopian constructions that served as basis for a new hope of creating universal fraternity is the so-called Joachimitism, for its announcement of the Third Age of History. Joachimitism is based on the theology of History of the Calabrian monk Joachim of Flora. The cornerstone of his theological reflections is a biblical exegesis that seeks a link between the Old and the New Testament, based on a particular interpretation of the trinity theology in its unique modelling relationship of human history. In this light, the salvific path of humanity is understood in an ascending evolutionary line, aiming for a greater perfection, and this would occur in a final phase of earthly time thanks to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity – the Holy Spirit. The utopia of the Third Age, which would serve the evangelical ideal of peace, justice, fraternity, sanctity, a closer relationship with God, parity, equality of races, nations and social conditions, formed the basis of the creation of the confraternities and the Festivities of the Holy Spirit, which had their origins in the late Middle Ages in Portugal. These festive celebrations, which gained further projection with the Portuguese expansion, especially persisting in the global routes of the immigrant Azorian and Madeiran diasporas, has their origins in the village of Alenquer and in the actions of the Queen Isabel of Aragon, wife of King Dinis.

In order to gather, to gain a better knowledge, and to celebrate together with those who are interested in the “traditions of the Holy Spirit”, international congresses dedicated to this field have been taking place regularly for some years now, previously in the Azores, in Brazil, in the United States and in Canada.

The City Council of Alenquer saw fit to promote for the first time in mainland Portugal, in partnership with the Confraternity of Saint Isabel of Coimbra and in cooperation with CLEPUL of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for Classical and Humanistic Studies of the University of Coimbra, the Centre for the History of Society and Culture, as well as other national and international institutions, a great international congress about the Holy Spirit. This scientific event, under the broad scope of the Holy Spirit and its utopias of fraternity, harmony, peace and justice on Earth, intends to also celebrate five important centenaries, which are interconnected in the active hope of creating a better and more united world:

The 800th anniversary of the arrival of the Franciscan Order to Portugal and the relevance of the Friars of Saint Francis of Assisi in the promotion of the festivities of the Holy Spirit and the expected arrival of an age of universal peace and fraternity among men and women worldwide.
The 500th anniversary of the Beatification of the Holy Queen Isabel, with the example of her life and her Christian charity, as a model for the promotion of the climate of peace, harmony, conciliation and fraternity, in the wake of Franciscan spirituality, as well as her pioneering role as patron of the celebratory traditions and the confraternities of the Holy Spirit, that had their origins in the village of Alenquer.
The 500th anniversary of the First Printed Commitment of the Mercies, institutions representing in Portugal a modern and original practical initiative of institutionalization of an utopia of solidarity and fraternity, heir to the experiences of medieval confraternity such as the confraternities of the Holy Spirit, but displaying an universalist character, representing and announcing the advent of more equitable, supportive societies, defending their weaker and unprotected elements.
The 500th anniversary of the publication of Utopia by St. Thomas More, which coined the term henceforth used to name projects for a well-organized and harmonious society, still unrealized, but recognized as possible.
The 300th anniversary of the creation of the Patriarchate of Lisbon, which in some way meant the recognition of the central role of Lisbon in the modern process of globalization of Christianity and as the place of leadership, as considered by the Portuguese utopian thought and others, for the creation of a new world order in the name of fraternity and harmony among mankind.

This congress will take place in three instances: at the University of Coimbra, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and at the City Council of Alenquer. The event is open both to the participation of scholars who have or wish to develop research and to present innovative critical knowledge in the context of thematic panels planned in the congress program, as well as to groups and individuals who want to present performances or share experiences about the traditions of the Holy Spirit scheduled for the two last days of the congress.

Therefore, this international conference intends to be a space for fraternal meeting and sharing, for the promotion of in-depth research about the celebrated events, and to simultaneously make known, from a popular culture standpoint, the traditions of the Holy Spirit in the international communities of the Portuguese diaspora.

In our current world, marked by a deep sense of crisis and uncertainty about the future of peace in the world and ecological balance, to revisit the origins and the evolution of utopia of universal fraternity, its traditions and attempts to accomplish it, can help us rethink its present condition and inspire us to plan possible futures, based on an active hope for a fairer and more harmonious world.

This is the great purpose of utopia, to perform the regeneration: raise hope and tackle the crisis, the feeling of depression and of moral and ethical ruin of the present, to find new ways to overcome it towards the improvement of human life, in harmony and happiness in our common home that we call planet Earth; to constantly update and recreate the utopia inspired in the humanizing and fulfilling values of the Paraclete Spirit, thus contributing to a reflection on the citizenship of the future.


Pneumatology and Theologies of History
Joachim of Flora, the Doctrine of the Three Ages and Joachimitism
Metamorphoses of the utopia of the Third Age of History
Spiritual and philosophical posterity of Joachim of Flora
Theology of the Spirit in the Protestant Reformation and in the Catholic Counter-Reformation
The Holy Queen Isabel - Saints as the mirrors of God’s Love
The Holy Queen Isabel - Holiness and Christianity
Devotions of the Holy Queen Isabel: the traditions and institutions of the Holy Spirit
Devotions of the Holy Queen Isabel: devotion to the Immaculate Conception of Mary
The Holy Queen as a cultural agent
The Holy Queen in Art
The Holy Queen in Literature
The Holy Queen Isabel: Worship and memory of the saints
The Holy Queen Isabel: Christianity and social intervention
The Holy Queen Isabel: Religion and politics
The Holy Queen Isabel and the Franciscan tradition
Culture and Humanism in the XVI century
Christianity and Culture in the XVI century
The proliferation of confraternities of the Holy Spirit and their meaning
The origins of medieval confraternities and the Festivities of the Holy Spirit
Establishment and actions of the Franciscans in promoting Joachimitism
Franciscans in the creation of Paracletian institutions and traditions
Evolution and modern expressions of Paracletian Festivities
Portuguese diaspora and the Festivities of the Holy Spirit
Portuguese Philosophy, Joachimitism tradition and the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit and the utopia of the Fifth Empire
Portuguese expansion and the globalization of the Paraclete Spirit traditions and devotion to the Holy Queen
The creation of the Mercies and the confraternal experiences dedicated to the Holy Spirit
Mercies and the institutionalization of the Universal Fraternity utopia
Awareness of crisis and the modern statement of utopian thought
The relevance of the idea and concept of utopia in the Modern Period
Utopia by St. Thomas More and its recreation
Utopian thought in Portugal: influences and singularities
The establishment of the Patriarchate of Lisbon and the importance of the Portuguese capital for utopian thought
The Holy Spirit, the utopia of Universal Fraternity and the History of Ideas of Portugal
The current state of utopian thought and contemporary translations of the utopia of Universal Fraternity
Holy Spirit: Art and Utopia




    Rectory of the University of Coimbra
    Rectory of the Aberta University
    Rectory of ISCTE - IUL


    CIDH – Aberta University / CLEPUL of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon/APCA/IAC
    Centre for Classical and Humanistic Studies of the University of Coimbra
    Centre for the History of Society and Culture of the University of Coimbra
    European Institute of Cultural Sciences Padre Manuel Antunes


    Academia Portuguesa da História
    ALENCULTA, Associação Cultural do Concelho de Alenquer
    Alto Comissariado para as Migrações
    Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Neolatinos
    Centro Académico de Democracia Cristã (C.A.D.C)
    Centro de Estudos de Filosofia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa
    Centro de Estudos de História do Altântico (CEHA)
    Centro de História de Aquém e de Além-Mar (UNL/UAç)
    Centro de Teoria e História do Direito da University of Lisboa
    Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos
    Centro Nacional de Cultura
    Ciências das Religiões University Lusófona
    CIRP - Conferência dos Institutos Religiosos de Portugal
    Comissão das Festas do Império do Divino Espírito Santo de Alenquer
    Grupo de História da Filosofia do Centro de Filosofia (FLUL)
    Instituto de História e Arte Cristã (Arquidiocese de Braga)
    Instituto Português de Santo António
    Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Aldeia Galega da Merceana
    Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Coimbra
    Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Viseu
    Secretaria Regional da Educação e Cultura da RAA
    Secretariado Nacional da Pastoral da Cultura
    Sociedade Brasileira de Retórica
    Sociedade Portuguesa de Estudos Medievais
    Sociedade Portuguesa de Retórica
    União das Misericórdias Portuguesas
    University of Azores


    Associação Mutualista Montepio
    Caixa de Crédito Agrícola
    Casa Santos Lima
    CLEPUL - Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
    Confraria do Café
    Direção Regional das Comunidades da RAA
    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
    Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
    Fundação Millennium BCP
    Luis Simões
    Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
    Quinta das Lágrimas
    Turismo do Centro


    Presidente da República
    Presidente da Assembleia da República
    Cardeal Patriarca de Lisboa
    Presidente do Governo Regional dos Açores
    Secretário Regional da Educação e Cultura da Região Autónoma dos Açores
    Núncio Apostólico
    Presidente da Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa
    Bispo da Diocese de Angra do Heroísmo
    Bispo da Diocese de Coimbra
    Bispo da Diocese do Funchal
    Reitor da Universidade Aberta
    Reitor da Universidade da Madeira
    Reitor da Universidade de Coimbra
    Reitor da Universidade dos Açores
    Reitor do ISCTE
    Reitora da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
    Presidente da Academia Portuguesa da História
    Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Alenquer
    Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
    Prefeito do Conselho Pontifício da Cultura
    Directora da Biblioteca Nacional
    Director da Torre do Tombo
    Presidente da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
    Presidente da Conferência dos Institutos Religiosos de Portugal
    Superior Provincial da Ordem dos Frades Menores
    Presidente do Instituto Açoriano de Cultura
    Presidente da Agência para a Promoção da Cultura Atlântica
    Presidente da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
    Reitor do Instituto Português de Santo António
    Presidente da União das Misericórdias
    Provedor da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Alenquer
    Provedor da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Castelo Branco
    Provedor da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Castelo de Vide
    Provedor da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Coimbra
    Provedor da Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto
    Provedor da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Lisboa
    Provedora da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Aldeia Galega da Merceana


    President: António Manuel Ribeiro Rebelo (University of Coimbra)
    Adelino Cardoso (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
    Albano Figueiredo (University of Coimbra)
    Alberto Vieira (CEHA - Centro de Estudos de História do Altântico)
    Ana Maria Rodrigues (University of Lisboa)
    Ana Paula Avelar (Universidade Aberta)
    Anderson Vargas (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
    André Vauchez (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres)
    Annabela Rita (University of Lisboa)
    António Filipe Pimentel (University of Coimbra)
    António Moniz (University Nova de Lisboa)
    António Pedro Sangreman Proença Marcelino Mesquita (University of Lisboa)
    Armando Martins (University of Lisboa)
    Arménia Maria de Souza (University Federal de Goiás)
    Avelino de Freitas Meneses (Universidade dos Açores)
    Belmiro Fernandes Pereira (University do Porto)
    Bernardo Vasconcelos e Sousa (University Nova de Lisboa)
    Carlos Aurélio Ventura Morujão (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Carlos Fiolhais (University of Coimbra)
    Carlos Moreira Azevedo (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Carlota Maria Lopes de Miranda Urbano (University of Coimbra)
    Cécile Vincent-Cassy (University of Paris XIII)
    Celso Carminati (University do Estado de Santa Catarina)
    Daniela Marcheschi (University Florença)
    Delfim Leão (University of Coimbra)
    Edgard Leite Ferreira Neto (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
    Ernesto Rodrigues (University of Lisboa)
    Fátima Reis (University of Lisboa)
    Fátima Sá (ISCTE-IUL)
    Fernanda Enes (University Nova de Lisboa)
    Francisco Senra Coelho (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Giulia Rossi Vairo (University Nova de Lisboa)
    Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins (Centro Nacional de Cultura)
    Hélder Fonseca Mendes (Diocese de Angra do Heroísmo)
    Henrique Manuel Pereira (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Irene Maria Vaquinhas (University of Coimbra)
    Isabel dos Guimarães Sá (University do Minho)
    Jacinto Farias (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    João David Pinto-Correia (University of Lisboa)
    João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (University Nova de Lisboa)
    Jorge Bastos da Silva (Universidade do Porto)
    José António de Camargo Rodrigues de Souza (University Federal de Goiás)
    José Carlos Lopes de Miranda (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    José Carlos Seabra Pereira (University of Coimbra)
    José Facinto Farias (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    José Ignacio Ruiz Rodrigues (University of Alcalá de Henares)
    José Marques (University do Porto)
    José Mattoso (University Nova de Lisboa)
    José Paulo Leite de Abreu (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    José Pedro Paiva (University of Coimbra)
    Juan Ignacio Pulido Serrano (Universidade de Alcalá)
    Lourdes Cidraes (University of Lisboa)
    Luis Eduardo Oliveira (Universidade Federal de Sergipe)
    Luís Machado de Abreu (University of Aveiro)
    Manuel Augusto Rodrigues (University of Coimbra)
    Manuel Clemente (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Manuel Gomes Barbosa (CIRP)
    Maria de Fátia Reis (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho (University of Coimbra)
    Maria José Azevedo Santos (University of Coimbra)
    Maria Margarida Lopes de Miranda (University of Coimbra)
    Mário Avelar (Universidade Aberta)
    Miguel Real (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Nair de Nazaré Castro Soares (University of Coimbra)
    Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida (University of Brown)
    Paulo de Assunção (University Estadual do Maringá)
    Paulo Mendes Pinto (University Lusófona)
    Pedro Caridade Freitas (University of Lisboa)
    Pedro Flor (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
    Pierre-Antoine Fabre (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris)
    Rogério Luiz de Souza (University Federal de Santa Catarina)
    Sandra Saldanha (Secretariado Nacional dos Bens Culturais da Igreja)
    Saul António Gomes (University of Coimbra)
    Sebastião Tavares de Pinho (University of Coimbra)
    Tony Neves (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)


    Presidente: José Eduardo Franco (Universidade Aberta/CLEPUL)
    Aida Lemos (Universidade Aberta)
    Anamarija Marinovic (Universidade de Lisboa)
    António Manuel Ribeiro Rebelo (Universidade de Coimbra)
    Arijana Medvedec (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Artur Manso (Universidade do Minho)
    Beata Cieszynska (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Carlos Fonseca Clamote Carreto (Universidade Aberta)
    Carlota Maria Lopes de Miranda Urbano (Universidade de Coimbra)
    Filipe Rogeiro (Câmara Municipal de Alenquer)
    Florentino B. Franco (Instituto Europeu de Ciências da Cultura PMA)
    João Relvão Caetano (Universidade Aberta)
    José Bernardino (Universidade de Lisboa)
    José Carlos Lopes de Miranda (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
    Luís Pinheiro (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Luísa Paolinelli (Universidade da Madeira)
    Maria José Azevedo Santos (Universidade de Coimbra)
    Maria José Figueiredo (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Maria Margarida Lopes de Miranda (Universidade de Coimbra)
    Milton Dias Pacheco (Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos / Confraria da Rainha Santa Isabel)
    Nuno Santos Alexandre (Comissão das Festas do Império do Divino Espírito Santo de Alenquer)
    Patrícia Monteiro (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Paulo Rocha (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Paula Carreira (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Ricardo Ventura (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Rita Balsa Pinho (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Rui Costa (Câmara Municipal de Alenquer)
    Rui Rego (Universidade de Lisboa)
    Susana Alves-Jesus (Universidade de Lisboa)


    Joana Balsa de Pinho (CLEPUL-Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa)
    Carlos Granadas (Câmara Municipal de Alenquer)
    Filipa Marisa Gonçalves Medeiros Araújo (Confraria da Rainha Santa Isabel)


    Cristiana Lucas da Silva (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Carla Pires (Câmara Municipal de Alenquer)
    Bruno Alexandre Sampaio Lobo (Confraria da Rainha Santa Isabel)
    Catarina Pereira (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    José Bernardino (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Lina Oliveira (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Madalena Costa Lima (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Renato Pistola (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Ricardo Pessa de Oliveira (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Sara Abreu (Universidade Aberta-CIDH/CLEPUL)
    Vanda Figueiredo (Universidade do Minho/Universidade Aberta-CIDH)


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