Two scientific events related to Religious Architecture are organized in Portugal in 2018: the International Conference and Summer School Digital Survey in Religious Architecture, which is taking place in the cities of Lisbon and Évora from 23-29 July and the 2nd International Seminar Architectures of the Soul, scheduled at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon on the 8th and 9th November.
The International Conference and Summer School Digital Survey in Religious Architecture aims at providing participants with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct digital surveys in religious heritage sites through theoretical classes and practical activities. The real case studies are 2 monasteries located in Alentejo region: Santa Margarida do Aivado and Santa Catarina de Montemuro, which were part of the Eremitic Congregation of Saint Paul of Serra de Ossa (Ossa Mountain).
The 2nd International Seminar Architectures of the Soul (Arquitecturas da Alma) envisages the promotion of the scientific study and discussion around the architecture and landscape associated with religious and spiritual practices grounded in the experience of seclusion and solitude. Building up on similar studies conducted across the Mediterranean, the conference will establish the platform for a multidisciplinary approach of the subject: history, architecture, landscape architecture, cultural heritage, art history, among others, including a strong emphasis in digital surveys methods and technology applied to religious architecture.
Both events are organized within Rolando Volzone’s PhD research “Architectures of the soul. Proposal for the valorization of the heremitical architecture and landscape in Alentejo of XII-XVI centuries”, financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The research intends to deepen the study of the materiality of the ancient Portuguese Heremitical Congregation of Saint Paul of Serra de Ossa (Ossa Mountain).