Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Luísa Leal de Faria (The Catholic University of Portugal)
Luisa Leal de Faria Geraldes Barba is Professor of English, in the field of Culture Studies, at the Faculty of Human Sciences of The Catholic University of Portugal. She was, from 2004 to 2012, Vice-Rector of the same University.
Most of her academic career was developed at the University of Lisbon – Faculty of Letters, where she taught in the Department of English. She was vice-president of the scientific board and head of the Department of English, among other functions. She is currently in charge of a research unit at the “ University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies”.
She graduated in Germanic Philology with a dissertation on the Industrial Novels, moving from there to a doctoral thesis on Thomas Carlyle. She also obtained the title of “agregado” at the University of Lisbon in 2004. Her interests have been mainly concerned with Victorian Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies.
In 1988-9 she was Deputy General Director for Higher Education, and advisor to the Secretary-General of UNESCO. From 1989 to 1995 she was the National Coordinator for the Lingua Program, and in 1995-6 she was the National Coordinator of the Socrates Program.
Her academic activities at the University of Lisbon, at the Catholic University and as a consultant for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from 1995 to 2005 provided a favorable environment for a refocusing of her research interests into the study of European and American Universities in the 19 th and 20 th centuries, and the shifting role of disciplines in the field of the “Humanities” in the early 21 st century.
She currently teaches at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal, where she is involved in the activities of “The Lisbon Consortium” and the “PhDnet”.
Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)
Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, and is a cultural and literary historian focusing on the long eighteenth century, but with a strong profile internationally as a contemporary commentator and adviser on Scottish matters. In 2011-13, he convened the national champions’ group in support of the development of the study of Scotland in the school curriculum, and continues to work closely with government and its agencies in Scotland and elsewhere. He has made over 500 media appearances in Europe, Asia and North America, including his The Roots of Scottish Nationalism, broadcast on Radio 4 over a week in 2013 to a daily audience of 1.25 million, with an 83% UK wide approval rating. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy, and a prizewinner of that society and of the British Academy, he is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the English Association and a number of other bodies, and past president of a number of learned societies. He has held visiting appointments in the US, Ireland and the Czech Republic. His recent work includes Material Culture and Sedition (2013), currently nominated for three prizes in the UK and US, and The Road to Independence? Scotland in the Balance (2014) with a foreword by the First Minister of Scotland. His widely cited 1990s titles, The Invention of Scotland and Spectrum of Decadence, are due to be republished in 2014-15.