International Conference “From sacred city to secular town: urban dynamics and new memories”

Lisbon, Portugal – 4 – 6 de November 2015
Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo Auditorium

The International Conference “From sacred city to secular town: urban dynamics and new memories” is an initiative of the research project “From sacred city to secular town: the extinction of religious orders and the dynamics of urban transformation in the 19th century Lisbon”. This project has started on May 2013 and will finish on November 2015.

The extinction and secularization of religious houses resulting from the liberal revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe and Latin America caused deep changes in the use of monastic buildings and in the surrounding urban landscape. The impact of the secularization of the religious houses on the urban development of the liberal Lisbon has been studied in the research project LxConventos.

Coinciding with the end of the project, an international conference will be held in Lisbon with the aim giving the topic a broad international perspective. How did former convents contribute to the transformation processes of the territory, the landscape and the nascence of the modern city? The conference not only intends to compare the diversity of scenarios of urban metamorphosis and adaptive use of former religious houses, but proposes a platform for sharing information and methodological issues in a multidisciplinary perspective (architectural history, urban history, archaeology, heritage conservation, urban planning).

The presentations fit in one of the following themes:

  • Relationships between the urbanization of the monastic proprieties and urban planning processes;
  • Functional reconversion of convent buildings after their secularization;
  • Memories, traces and heritagization of secularized religious houses;
  • Monastic heritage in the contemporary city. Present and future.

This project is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (PTDC/CPC-HAT/4703/2012), and has the partnership of Instituto de História de Arte da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Departamento de Património Cultural da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo da Direção-Geral do Livro, Arquivos e Bibliotecas, and NOVALINCS – Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics / Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia / Universidade Nova de Lisboa.