DATES: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 November

PLACES: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Assembly of the Republic, Cultural Centre Sertã

Father Manuel Antunes, sj (1918-1985), is considered one of the most remarkable thinkers and pedagogues of the Portuguese twentieth century. He taught several generations of students, about 15.000, who attended the courses he taught at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon from 1957 until his death in 1985. As the current testimonies confirm, Manuel Antunes is a reference as a pedagogue and as a shrewd and prospective hermeneut of classical and contemporary culture and societies. Even today, he is remembered with longing and as a model of thought and wisdom by those who were his students and by those who had the privilege of meeting him.

He also distinguished himself as director of the journal Brotéria, a publication of the Society of Jesus, where he published hundreds of articles, using 126 pseudonyms, on the most diverse topics of historical, religious and philosophical culture, as well as current political, social and literary issues. His texts, still widely read and quoted, have been collected in several books, which have become a kind of key to reading relevant aspects of the contemporary world, such as Indicators of Civilization and Rethinking Portugal.

Father Manuel Antunes left us a very wise and advanced body of thought about Portugal and Europe, in relation to the world in a process of globalization. His reflections can be read in a significant number of texts, some of them prospective, and still today they can be read to our great advantage, since they are significantly up to date. In fact, Manuel Antunes was able to anticipate, in the 1960s and 1970s, with extraordinary clarity and prescience, the drifts, problems and outcomes of Portuguese and international life. Today, we are surprised by questions, reflections and proposals that may well help us in the urgency to rethink Portugal, Europe and our present world, marked by tremendous uncertainty.

After a first Congress in 2005 on the life and work of Father Manuel Antunes, in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and in the Sertã Cultural Centre, and the preparation of his Complete Works published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2012, it is indeed pertinent to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this major figure of advanced thought in Portugal with an international scientific event, in order to think about the great themes and problems of our country, in articulation with the great issues marking Europe and the globalized world in which we live.



  • To deepen the knowledge of the life of Father Manuel Antunes and his pedagogical, intellectual and spiritual legacy;
  • To revisit, to know and to understand the great themes and problems of the work of Father Manuel Antunes;
  • To place the work and thinking of Manuel Antunes in the Society of Jesus and within the framework of his spiritual, cultural and scientific heritage, in which the journal Brotéria became a reference in Portugal;
  • Analyse the discourses around the Portuguese identity, having as reference the texts Father Manuel Antunes wrote about Portugal, its history, current drifts and future challenges;
  • Analyse political culture issues and problems in Portugal in the perspective of the diagnoses and paths pointed out by Father Manuel Antunes;
  • To think about education in Portugal and the challenges posed by European integration and globalization, within the framework of the effort to adapt contents and methods to the challenges of mentality and modern technological society;
  • Reflect on the great themes and problems posed by the 21st century in Portugal and Europe, in the context of an accelerated globalization;
  • Contribute towards thinking about the world, life and the psychological, mental and spiritual longings of today’s humanity, challenged by the preservation of nature, the need to deal with the techno-scientific progress and the emergence of digital societies, in which hyperinformation has become a decisive capital;
  • To think about the process of robotization of the world and the emergence of the post-human era.
  • Adelino Cardoso (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Adérito Fernandes Marcos (Universidade Aberta)
  • Adriana Veríssimo Serrão (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Aires Augusto do Nascimento (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Alejandra Vitale (Universidade de Buenos Aires)
  • Ana Lúcia Curado (Universidade do Minho)
  • Annabela Rita (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • António Araújo (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • António Trigueiros (Revista Brotéria)
  • António Vaz Pinto (Revista Brotéria)
  • António Ventura (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Arlindo Oliveira (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Bruno Cardoso Reis (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)
  • Carlos Cabecinhas (Santuário de Fátima)
  • Carlos Fiolhais (Universidade de Coimbra)
  • Celso Carminati (Universidade do Estado de São Paulo)
  • Christine Vogel (Universidade de Vechta)
  • Darlinda Moreira (Universidade Aberta)
  • David Pinto Correia (Universidade Aberta)
  • Domingos José Alves Caeiro (Universidade Aberta)
  • Eugénia Magalhães (Universidade Aberta)
  • Fabrice D’Almeida (Universidade de Paris II)
  • Francisco Pinto Balsemão (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Frédéric Gugelot (Universidade de Reims)
  • Henrique Leitão (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Henrique Manuel Pereira (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • Ilda Mendes (Universidade de Paris)
  • Isabel Baltazar (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Jacinto Jardim (Universidade Aberta)
  • Januário da Costa Gomes (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (CNRS –Paris)
  • João Duque (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • João Marques Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • João Relvão Caetano (Universidade Aberta)
  • Joaquim Cerqueira Gonçalves (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • José Bidarra (Universidade Aberta)
  • José Carlos Lopes de Miranda (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • José Eduardo Franco (Universidade Aberta)
  • José Luís Carneiro (ICS – Universidade de Lisboa)
  • José Pacheco Pereira (Ensaísta)
  • José Paulo Leite Abreu (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • José Pedro Serra (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • José Rosa (Universidade da Beira Interior)
  • Josiah Blackmore (Universidade de Harvard)
  • Júlio Martín (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Leonel Ribeiro dos Santos (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Leonor Xavier (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Luís Filipe Barreto (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Luís Salgado de Matos (ICS – Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Luísa Antunes Paolinelli (Universidade da Madeira)
  • Manuel Ferreira Patrício (Universidade de Évora)
  • Manuel José do Carmo Ferreira (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Manuel Carmelo Rosa (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian)
  • Manuel Curado (Universidade do Minho)
  • Manuel Sérgio (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Marco Daniel Duarte (Santuário de Fátima)
  • Maria Alzira Seixo (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Maria Beatriz Rocha-Trindade (Universidade Aberta)
  • Maria Luísa Ribeiro Ferreira (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Marília Pulquério Futre Pinheiro (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Mendo Castro Henriques (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • Micaela Ramon (Universidade do Minho)
  • Michel Chandeigne (Escritor e Editor)
  • Miguel Sousa Tavares (Escritor)
  • Natália Ramos (Universidade Aberta)
  • Norberto Dallabrida (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina)
  • Paulo Ferreira da Cunha (Universidade do Porto)
  • Paulo Mendes Pinto (Universidade Lusófona)
  • Pedro Barbas Homem (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Pedro Calafate (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Pierre Antoine Fabre (EHESS-Paris)
  • Renato Epifânio (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Sérgio Guimarães de Sousa (Universidade do Minho)
  • Teresa Cardoso (Universidade Aberta)
  • Teresa Pinheiro (Universidade de Chemnitz)
  • Valerie Devillard (Universidade de Paris II)
  • Vasco Pinto Magalhães (Revista Brotéria)
  • Vitalina Leal de Matos (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Vítor Serrão (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Vítor Silva (Instituto de Engenharia de Lisboa)
  • Viriato Soromenho-Marques (Universidade de Lisboa)


[1] Alguns nomes ainda estão sujeitos a confirmação.