The history of assistance, in general, and hospitals, in particular, is a multidisciplinary research topic that has gathered together different researchers addressing issues of social, religious, and scientific history. The history of architecture also has in these themes an important field of study that has been consolidated in recent years.

Due to the social role they have played throughout history, hospitals and other healthcare institutions are important research objects regarding their artistic, architectural and heritage relevance. In this context, the second edition of the International Colloquium dedicated to Assistance Architecture will be promoted within the framework of the project “Hospitalis – Hospital Architecture in Portugal at the dawn of Modernity: identification, characterization and contextualization” (PTDC/ART-HIS/30808/2017). All researchers who have carried out or are developing unpublished papers, projects, synthesis or case studies related to this subject are invited to submit proposals for communications.

The first edition of this event, held in 2015, was dedicated to the theme of assistance architecture in the context of the Luso-Brazilian space, providing a global and multidisciplinary approach, with the characterization of the various associated architectural typologies. The scope of this Second Colloquium includes the expansion of the network composed of European and South American researchers dedicated to the study of healthcare buildings and aims at characterizing and understanding case studies of the early Modernity (15th century) up to what was commonly identified as Modern architecture (20th century), in order to allow the understanding of the spaces of treatment and cure in the long duration.

The organization of this scientific event is the responsibility of the Research Office Misericórdias and Similar Institutions: Assistance, Heritage and Culture, from CLEPUL – Centre for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures of the University of Lisbon, along with the Research Group Architecture, Memory and Ethnography of the Federal University of Pará, certified by CNPq.

Thematic panels to be considered, although not exclusively, are as follows:

  • historical background
  • typologies of healthcare architecture
  • aesthetics versus functionality in architecture
  • patrons and sponsors
  • circulation and appropriation of architectural models
  • science and healthcare
  • artistic geographies
  • plastic arts and architecture

Organizing institutions

  • ARTIS - Institute of Art History, FLUL
  • CLEPUL - Centre for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures, FLUL
  • European Institute of Cultural Sciences Padre Manuel Antunes
  • Laboratory of Memory and Cultural Heritage, UFPA
  • Postgraduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism, UFPA

Associated institutions

  • CIDH - Chair Infante Dom Henrique for Atlantic Island Studies and Globalization

Submission of communication proposal
Send an abstract of 500 words maximum and a curricular note of 200 words maximum to: [email protected]
Deadline: July 30