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Maria do Rosário Monteiro

CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Universidade dos Açores

Teaches Comparative Literature at the FCSH/UNL (New University of Lisbon). Graduated in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Lisbon (1983), Master in Comparative Literary Studies (1987) and Ph.D. in Literary Sciences, Comparative Literature, by Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1997). Senior Researcher at CHAM – Centre for Humanities Main research fields: Narratology, Utopian fiction, fantasy literature.


Living in Lisbon, Portugal, married, two sons.
She is a professor of Comparative Literature at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Head of Research Group Culture and Literature at the Research Centre CHAM – Centre for Humanities.
She reads, enjoy and teaches Utopian literature, science fiction and fantasy always connecting literature to its cultural context.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Her areas of research are narratology in its interdisciplinary connections: cognition, culture and literature. The main focus are Utopian, science fiction and fantasy narratives.

Personal Interests

    Her personal interests are reading, classic and pop music and films



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Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions

Modernity, revolutions and frontiers in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials or a contribution to the fourth culture

Published: Oct 03, 2018 by Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions
Authors: Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Mário S. Ming Kong, Maria João Pereira Neto

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is a series of fantasy narratives for (young) adults. Its complexity and structure place the novels directly within the theme of this publication: Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions. The three segments of the title are all intimately connected throughout the texts—are their core. Regarding modernity, it is present in the ethical perspective, the scientific references and the series structure.

Progress(es) – Theories and Practices

Humanism and Technology

Published: Oct 26, 2017 by Progress(es) – Theories and Practices
Authors: Maria do Rosário Monteiro

Utopia will always be transitory, as life itself.

Progress(es) – Theories and Practices

Two dystopic visions on the relationship of humans and progress

Published: Oct 26, 2017 by Progress(es) – Theories and Practices
Authors: Maria do Rosário Monteiro

Culturally, in a consistent way at least from the beginning of modernity, Western civilisation has regarded progress as a natural unstoppable endeavour. Sometimes even as a duty of every rational educated person – to pass (or trespass) the frontier of the known, to act, to evolve, to transform, to change, and to discover the “God given world”.

Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary


Published: Sep 01, 2016 by Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary
Authors: Monteiro, Maria do Rosário, Kong, Mário S. Ming, Neto, Maria João Pereira
Subjects: Architecture

Introduction to the book

Proportion, (dis)Harmonies, Identities

Utopia III or an Ambiguous Humanist Utopia for the Second Millennium

Published: Mar 19, 2015 by Proportion, (dis)Harmonies, Identities
Authors: Monteiro, Maria do Rosário

in the last quarter of the twentieth century, almost at the eve of the second millennium, an important Portuguese utopia was published: Utopia III, written by Pina Martins (1998). This long novel is structured as being the sequel of More’s Utopia, presenting the history and actual status of the mother of all literary utopias. The question at the basis of the whole novel is, “What would More’s Utopia be like today?”

Spaces of Utopia: An Electronic Journal 3: 27-40. ISSN: 1646-4729

From More’s natural Utopia to Cordwainer Smith’s artificial pseudo-utopia

Published: Dec 01, 2014 by Spaces of Utopia: An Electronic Journal 3: 27-40. ISSN: 1646-4729
Authors: Monteiro, Maria do Rosário

Two of the recurring debates surrounding utopia and its twin counterpart, dystopia, have been, in western culture, the difficulty of finding a balance between collective and individual domains, and the question of how to prescribe an evolutionary system of government for communities that, naturally, are based on evolution.

History of European Ideas. (History of European Ideas, January 1993, 16 (4-6):633-638)

Númenor: Tolkien's literary Utopia

Published: Jan 03, 2012 by History of European Ideas. (History of European Ideas, January 1993, 16 (4-6):633-638)
Authors: Monteiro, Maria do Rosário

Among the myths one can find in The Silmarillion there is the myth of Atlantis recreated in the episode of the 'Downfall of Númenor' (Akallabêth) The result of Tolkien's re-creation', though only some 30 pages long, is quite impressive. In other words in this episode we find a unique compromise between Antiquity and Modernity.


PHI 2019 Keynotes Confirmed

By: Maria do Rosário Monteiro


Professor Dimitra Fimi

University of Glasgow

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Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is the author of six books including his most recent books The Creativity Code (Fourth Estate 2019). He has presented numerous radio and TV series including a four-part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public from The Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival. His play I is a Strange Loop (in which he is both actor and author) is part of the Barbican’s Life Rewired season. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. (



Professor Rui Zink

Professor of Creative Writing and writer with books translated into several languages, FCSH, Uni. NOVA de Lisboa




Professor Francoise Lavocat

Professor of Comparative Literature Paris 3, Présidente de la Société française de littérature générale et comparée (SFLGC)




Professor Armen Shatvoryan

Associate Professor at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction (Arménia), Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Architecture.



PHI 2019 Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy

By: Maria do Rosário Monteiro

Announcing this week the Call for full papers for PHI 2019 book in PHI series (

Title: Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy


“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change!” Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

 “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”   Albert Einstein (1879- 1955)

 “Everybody must have a fantasy.” Andy Warhol (1928- 1987)


The organizers of PHI 2019 launch a challenge to the scientific community, from all fields of research, to engage actively in a multidisciplinary discussion with the concepts of INTELLIGENCE, CREATIVITY AND FANTASY as core points.

Only full original articles written in English (British Standard) will be accepted. All submitted articles MUST contain a reflection on one or more of the concepts listed above. Articles cannot have been submitted at similar conferences. Reproductions of previously published texts will be rejected.

All articles will be subjected to double-blind peer review, plus an assessment of linguistic adequacy, performed by language specialists, also in a "blind" system. Articles accepted after the triple evaluation will be included in a book, offered to participants on the first day of the Congress. The publication will be part of PHI Series ( with an e-book version and available in a prestigious database.

Authors with approved articles will have to sign an authorization for publication in book and online, waiving the copyright, but maintaining the authorization to make available the AM version (Accepted Manuscript) in open repositories.


By: Maria do Rosário Monteiro


“If you keep doing only the things you can handle, you will not be able to push the borders of impossibilities! Try to do the things which are beyond your powers; change your frontiers, create new ones! And then attack the new frontiers!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

 “Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 The research units CIAUD (FA - UL) and CHAM (FCSH-UNL-UAç) invite researchers from different scientific areas and cultures to gather in Ponta Delgada, Azores, October 3rd to 6th 2018, for the International and Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2018 – “Modernity; Frontiers and Revolutions”.

The aim of the Congress is to bring together researchers from all fields, to explore and discuss two ambivalent concepts. The first motto is the Frontiers, considered both as limits and challenges. The second motto is the Revolutions, the changing of paradigms through the creation of new ones that, inevitably, incorporate part of the old status quo.

These two concepts are at the foundations of some of the fundamental changes one can observe in Modernity, from the 16th to the 20th century. They express the contradiction and complementariness of world’s evolution and human societies in the last centuries in all areas: science, the arts, humanities, politics, society and culture.

Therefore, the organizers challenge the scientific community, from all fields of expertise, to engage in a multidisciplinary discussion having both mottos in consideration. Papers should take into account how the concepts of Frontier and/or Revolution affected human evolution, societies and cultures in accordance with the principles afore-mentioned.

Only original research will be accepted. Papers must not be submitted to similar conferences neither may they be a reprint of previously presented texts.


Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions

Published: Oct 03, 2018

Short film on PHI 2018 - Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions

On Thomas More's Utopia

Published: Oct 26, 2017

A 15 minutes talk (in Portuguese) about Thomas More's Utopia.

Presentation of the book The Symbolism of space in the Lord of the Rings

Published: Nov 29, 2016

Public presentation of the Portuguese edition of her book on The Lord of the Rings film 1 of 4

Presentation of the book The Symbolism of space in the Lord of the Rings

Published: Nov 29, 2016

Presentation of the book The Symbolism of space in the Lord of the Rings

Published: Nov 29, 2016

Presentation of the book The Symbolism of space in the Lord of the Rings

Published: Nov 29, 2016