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Coordination: Lourdes Câncio Martins 

 A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at.
Oscar Wilde


This project examines the topic of utopia in contemporary literature in which travel writing is involved. The project considers and discusses the state-of-the-art problems in utopian studies and develops new lines of research on contemporary utopias. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the aesthetic, cultural, social and ideological questions raised by recent utopian discourses and develops critical understandings of travel that engage with concepts such as encounter, confrontation, culture and literature itself. 

Research Team:


Participation in national and international conferences on the Project topics.



  • Novas Utopias, Lisbon, Edições Cosmos.
  • Questions of Utopia – an Annotated Critical Bibliography (2000-2015). Lisbon: Edições Cosmos. (under preparation).
  • Collaboration in the volume on Teoria da Viagem, to be published by Gonçalo Vilas-Boas (Org.). Center of Studies Margarida Losa, University of Porto.
  • Three volumes under the general title Contos Seleccionados (nº 4, 5 and 6), all of them dedicated to French writers (Mérimée, Aubervilliers, G. Sand and Balzac) and based on the translation of their works by the researchers of the project.

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