Due, in part, to the growing interest in projects involving the relationships between Life Sciences and Social Sciences, the activities of this strand address and foster the examination of the multiple links between Science and the Humanities from an intercultural perspective. On the one hand, the scientific method (empirical) has frequently been employed in humanistic studies, whilst scientific themes have always inspired poets, novelists, artists and film directors. On the other, scientists often make use of narrative discourse or visual techniques to disseminate their new discoveries. Thus the research members confront and compare scientific and humanistic discourses also studying the different strategies employed in the representation, dissemination and popularisation of science, particularly in fictional narratives as well as in the Arts, attempting, in this way, to establish how far the comparison of different forms of discursivity can contribute towards the study of the history of science, visual culture and literature, in nineteenth, twentieth and twentieth-first-century Anglophone countries. The members of the Project group have therefore raised certain issues for discussion: will the future of the Humanities depend inevitably upon an approximation to Life Sciences? What will be the role of specialists in Social and Human Sciences in the interpretation, understanding and dissemination of scientific discoveries? What are the advantages of the inclusion of the Humanities in scientific debates and of the inclusion of Science in debates on Literature and Visual Culture? At the same time the research strand studies the relationship between literature and different forms of contemporary media, namely television, cinema and new media. This implies the development of other fields of research, such as the role played by a set of television series produced by the BBC as strong canonical propagators of Anglophone culture; the importance of television, in general, as propagator of Anglophone literature and culture; the implications of the dynamic relationship between Anglophone literature and cinema; and the role of transmedia storytelling as representation of various storyworlds through multiple media and to diverse audiences within Anglophone cultures. Researchers will approach selected texts, from traditional literature to contemporary media, including novels, short stories, plays, films, television productions, graphic novels and digital literature as interconnected arenas of human experience and culture.

Forthcoming Activities (2024-2029)

A) Organisation of Conferences, Colloquia and Courses:

  1. International Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World VII: Culture, Arts and Literature – Religious Perspectives (in collaboration with the Catholic University of Portugal) (July 2024)
  2. Winter Doctoral Symposium: Literatures and Cultures in English (November 2024)
  3. Internacional Conference (Strands A and B): Victorian and American Myths in Videogames (April 2025)
  4. Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World VIII: “To see the world in a grain of sand – Science and Poetry (2025).
  5. Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World IX (2026).
  6. Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World X (2027)
  7. Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World XI (2028)
  8. Colloquium: Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World XII (2029)
  9. Permanent Seminar (Strands A and B): Victorian and American Myths in Video Games (2024-2029).


B) Research

  1. Project Bridges between Fiction and Science (21st Century) (BFS21) (2024-2029)


C) Publications

  1. Over the Moon: Representations of the Moon in Literature, Science and the Arts (Palgrave, 2024).
  2. Ciência, Cultura Religiosa, Media e Literatura de Expressão Portuguesa e Inglesa (2026)
  3. Literature and Science (21st Century): An Anthology (2028).


Past Activities (2018-2024)

Imagining Extinction in Video Games
International Symposium

Queen Elizabeth II: Life, Times, Legacies
International Conference


Serões de Literatura e Medicina
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Na Evocação do Centenário da BBC
On BBC’s 100th Anniversary

Serões de Literatura e Medicina
Fiódor Dostoiévski

2021 OVER THE MOON – Representations of the Moon in Literature Science and in the Arts
Representações da Lua na Literatura Ciência e Arte

Ficcionalizações da Ciência no Mundo Anglófono V

À conversa com… no Museu da Farmácia
Texto de apresentação

Serões de Literatura e Medicina
Júlio Dinis

“Deus quer, o Homem Sonha, a Obra Nasce”?: Ciência, Visão e Mistério
Ppt da palestra do Professor Miguel Alarcão

Seminário Digital

Literatura e Ciência VI

Literatura e Ciência – Ciclo de Conferências



Other Activities

Diálogos Multidisciplinares II

Fev. 2018 – Mar. 2019 Literature, Transmedialty and Power

Ficcionalizações da Ciência na Grã-Bretanha IV

Literatura e Ciência IV

Literatura e Ciência III

Colóquio “Uma Guerra que não foi das Estrelas”

Literatura e Ciência II

Ficcionalizações da Ciência na Grã-Bretanha III (século XIX e XX) – Colóquio

Ciência e Cultura na Grã-Bretanha


Pensamento Político Britânico

Literatura e Ciência
Diálogos Multidisciplinares II


Filipe Furtado, O Fantástico: Procedimentos de Construção Narrativa em H.P. Lovecraft, Dialogarts Publicações, Rio de Janeiro, 2017. ISBN 978-85-8199-065-1.

Filipe Furtado, Demônios íntimos: a narrativa fantástica vitoriana (origens, temas, ideias), Rio de Janeiro: Dialogarts, 2018

Flipe Furtado e Gabriela Gândara Terenas, Ciência e Cultura: Ficcionalizações da Ciência na Grã-Bretanha (Séculos XIX e XX), Lisboa, Caleidoscópio, 2012. ISBN 978-989-658-179-4

Culture, Science and the Media

Gabriela Gândara Terenas (NOVA FCSH):


Aline Ferreira (Universidade de Aveiro)
Ana Rita Brettes (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
Ana Rita Padeira (Universidade Aberta)
Cátia Ferreira (Universidade Católica)
Cidalia Barbosa (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
David Glyn Evans
Fernando Clara (NOVA FCSH)
Filipe Furtado (NOVA FCSH)
Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool)
Inês Vaz (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
Iolanda Ramos (NOVA FCSH)
Isabel Capeloa Gil (Universidade Católica)
Jéssica Bispo (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
João Paulo Ascenso Pereira da Silva (NOVA FCSH)
Kathleen Calado (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
Larysa Shotropa (ILNOVA)
Maria da Conceição Castel-Branco (NOVA FCSH)
Maria de Jesus Crespo Relvas (Universidade Aberta)
Maria João Brito (PhD Student)
Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello (Universidade Aberta)
Miguel Alarcão (NOVA FCSH)
Nuno Miguel Santana Oliveira e Silva (PhD Student NOVA FCSH)
Ricardo Marques
Rui Mateus (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH)
Sara Graça da Silva (NOVA FCSH)
Teresa Pereira (NOVA FCSH)