Workshop Program

The Carnival and feasts in general have a very solid material basis: objects, clothes, drinks, food…all these are brought together as a mixture characterized by excess, reenacting the traditional societies’ gatherings of scattered groups, and offering individuals a moment of liberation, of “alternative life”, that balances in fact everyday life, thus consolidating its values, regulations and hierarchies. This seminar aims to bring together thoughts, perspectives and proposals related to various carnival and similar festivities, looking in particular to their social intangible impact as a converging trigger for other, often more visible but less resilient, outcomes (such as tourism or social criticism).


The workshop will take place in the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, room B121. Posters session and coffee breaks will that place in the Prof. Doutor Bayolo Pacheco de Amorim Atrium.

Lunch is not included. We advise the participants to lunch in the Polytechnic’s cantine, the average price of a meal is €5,30.


9.00- Registration

9.30 – Opening Session

  • 10.10-11.30- Pannel 1 – Carnival: from tradition, through feast, into knowledge. Materialities and  identity: great Carnival traditions

11.30 – Coffee break (Prof. Doutor Pacheco de Amorim Auditorium Atrium)

11.50-12.30 – Pannel 2 – Subtle feasts: disruption within the norms (to be continued)

12.30-14.00 – Lunch

14.14 –Theater Performance: “Templars Treasure” – Fatias de Cá, directed by Carlos Carvalheiro.

15.00-15.40 – Pannel 2 – Subtle feasts: disruption within the norms (cont.)

15.40  – Coffee break and Poster Session

16.10-17.30 Pannel 3 – Creating a museum about carnival rituals

17.30 Final Debate

18.00 –  Closure

You can see the detailed program here.