Web of

A look into the Past, embracing the Future

17-19 May 2018

Cabeça de HERCULES

The International Multidisciplinary Congress - Web of Knowledge: A look into the Past, embracing the Future will be held by IHC-CEHFCi, HERCULES and CIDEHUS, Universidade de Évora, the special stakeholder, between 17-19 May 2018 in Évora, Portugal. The Congress will also have the scientific support of CESEM, CHAIA, ICAAM, and ICT.

The Congress aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different backgrounds intersecting with the Social Sciences revealing the visible and invisible networks. By fostering the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the study of the past, the Congress expects to lay the framework for the present day science on which to map the future Web of Knowledge.

This Congress intends to meditate on Science, and to understand how it is being constructed nowadays. Our focus is to approach questions such as: How do we do/ communicate Science, immediate Science, Open Access, Intellectual Property, Bioethics, Cultural Heritage, among others.

The Organizing Committee is preparing a stimulating programme which will bring experts from different fields covering a wide range of topics from Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities to Science, Technology and Medicine and which will offer a variety of social activities.

The Congress is also open to groups or individuals you want to organize thematic symposia under the objectives of the International Multidisciplinary Congress - Web of Knowledge.


- Building knowledge: Roles of individuals and networks


From the construction and dissemination of knowledge to the scientific and technological practices contribute an important group of actors, both private and institutional, who integrate formal and informal networks. These actors are deeply internationalized and contribute to the consolidation of international knowledge and the interconnection between science and society. Papers that discuss the construction and dissemination of scientific networks, the international cultural exchange or the programs/organizations of coordination of science are welcome.

- Science, Technology & Society


How is science communicated, taught and administered? How does science and technology affect education, communication, and politic management? How is the world using science and technology? In what way advances in science and technology influence society? How does the society influence science and technology? This panel welcomes contributions from all disciplines dedicated to the study of science and technology in social context. We seek analyses whose approaches are drawn from a variety of disciplines such as science policy, political science and international relations, technology management, energy studies, economics environmental studies, history, philosophy, sociology or gender studies.

- The Art of Networking: Music & Culture


The construction of knowledge is debated within and across disciplines. However, Music and Culture, although always present in this construction process, remain frequently forgotten. Papers that present case studies crossing disciplines such as Music and Mathematics, Architecture or Technology for instance, formulate conceptual ideas for future projects, or discuss possible theoretical frameworks and others are welcome.

- Scientific systems: funding and freedom


Facing the challenges of a world in permanent and continuous change, Science itself changes the world and the world keeps changing Science. If Science depends on funding, is there a true research freedom? Papers that discuss research freedom, science funding, beyond funding, immediate Science, Open Access, Intellectual Property, politics in science and others are welcome.

- The Invisibles and Invisibilities in Science


Thinking about scientific invisibilities suggests considering actors but also objects, institutions or events involved in the process of knowledge production. This panel proposes a reflection on the various types of invisibilities and their contexts. Attending to these invisibilites evidences the dynamism and the scientific complexities that influenced our contemporaneity.

- Cultural Heritage: Past, Present and Future


The papers of this panel should reflect the importance of cultural heritage and its vulnerability to different factors. The investigation on tangible and intangible cultural heritage can actively contribute to the knowledge and valorization of a community. Besides, the study of cultural assets and their conservation recurring to different methodologies and techniques promotes a better understanding of the past. We also intend to discuss how cultural heritage can be defined, molded and recognized by local communities, researchers and policy-makers, as well as the effects of tourism and its impacts.

- Paradigms of Science and Medicine


We are at the starting point of an exponential technological change and it is unanimous that the current revolution is the largest and fastest of all. We are already witnessing the dematerialization of technology at many levels, in which, genetics, nanotechnology, artificial and augmented intelligence play an important role. The consequences are numerous and transversal, with great impact on health. Which impacts will these paradigms bring? How society reacts to such a fast change? Papers that discuss the impact of genetics, nanotechnology, and artificial and augmented intelligence in the society, formulate conceptual ideas for future projects, or discuss possible theoretical frameworks and others are welcome.

- Digital Humanities, Virtual Museums and Collections


The construction and preservation of historical culture and social memory has been presented as an international strategic goal to cross the global, the national, the regional and the local, as well as to promote the public and the private self-commitment. Digital Humanities, Virtual Museums and Collections are key instruments in the promotion of a sense of community and in the construction of a common memory. Papers that discuss the Digital Humanities and historical research, the archives, libraries and museums databases, the Big Data and the scientific and cultural collections are welcome.

Submitted and approved panels

Architecture communication: learning from/with historic magazines
(Organized by Sofia Aleixo)

Show me how it was: Dance practices and memory. The digital collection of school objects from the Lisbon School of Dance/Escola Superior de Dança
(Organized by Vanda Nascimento)

Knowledge production in Africa – beyond diagnoses
(Organized by Williams Nwagwu)

Dialogues between History, Science & Diplomacy
(Organized by Sara Albuquerque and Angela Salgueiro)

Railway heritage: past, present and future
(Organized by Ana Fontes, Maria José Teixeira, Hugo Silveira Pereira and Ana Cardoso de Matos)

Engineers and networks of technical knowledge transfer
(Organized by Magda Avelar Pinheiro, Ana Cardoso de Matos and Hugo Silveira Pereira)

Call for Panels

Web of Knowledge invites Panel proposals under the objectives of the Congress.

Each proposal should include the title of the panel, the names, affiliations, and brief biographies of the moderator and the panellists (no more than 200 words each), and a brief description of the content and format of the discussion (500 words).

Panel proposals should be submitted in English by email to: wokcongress2018@gmail.com

Call for Papers

A 500 words abstract (indicating the chosen theme) and a brief CV (no more than 200 words) should be submitted through the link. Paper proposals should be submitted in English.

Call for Posters

Presenting a poster is a great opportunity, especially for students, to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on ongoing research from a knowledgeable crowd at the congress.

A poster is usually A1 or A0 paper size in portrait mode, to which you can affix visually appealing material that describes your research. You should prepare the best material (visually appealing and succinct) that effectively communicates your research problem, techniques, results, and what is important about the work. You do not submit such a large-format image; only an abstract describing in text what the poster would present (250 words). Poster proposals should be submitted in English through the link.

Presenters will be required to bring a printed version of their poster to display at the congress.

Important Dates

Panel Submission: Deadline extended until December 3, 2017

Paper/Poster Submission: Deadline extended until Midnight GMT, February 5, 2018

Selection of Panel Proposals: January 8, 2018

Selection of Paper/Poster Proposals: February 28, 2018

Registration: until April 30, 2018

To register for the Congress please follow the instructions
Online Registration


Registration Deadline Price
General Registration
(early registration)
2018-03-31 75€
(early registration)
2018-03-31 25€
General Registration 2018-04-30 100€
2018-04-30 30€

Organizing Committee

Ana Cardoso de Matos - University of Evora, CIDEHUS

António Candeias - University of Evora, HERCULES Laboratory

Maria de Fátima Nunes - University of Evora, IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Sara Albuquerque - FCT Post-Doc Researcher, IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Teresa Ferreira - University of Evora, HERCULES Laboratory

Scientific Committee

Ana Cardoso de Matos - University of Evora, CIDEHUS

António Candeias - University of Evora, HERCULES Laboratory

António Heitor Reis - University of Evora, ICT

Fernanda Olival - University of Evora, CIDEHUS

Maria de Fátima Nunes - University of Evora, IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Paulo Rodrigues - University of Evora, CHAIA

Teresa Pinto Correia - University of Evora, ICAAM

Vanda de Sá - University of Evora, CESEM

Executive Committee

Ângela Pacheco - Administrative Assistant, IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Ângela Salgueiro IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ-NOVA FCSH

Elisabete Pereira IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Quintino Lopes IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

Nuno Carriço HERCULES Laboratory

Sara Albuquerque IHC-CEHFCi-UÉ

University of Évora HERCULES Lab Instituto de História Contemporânea
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