Interdisciplinary Workshop

It will take place, on September 28 at the University of Évora, the Interdisciplinary Workshop "DRAWING HERITAGE(S)". 


“Does the word landscape describe the mutual embeddedness and interconnectivity of self, body, knowledge and land; is it the world we are living in, or a scene we are looking at, from afar?”[1]

​The question of John Wylie embodies the dilemma that's been perpetually pervading relationship between the artistic practice and landscape. In a realm of phenomenology, this is innately bounded to environmental perception and immersive, “lived” experience. With the drawing as an experience in itself taking place at the moment of immediate immersion in the landscape, with body, emotions and all the senses, this is an artists’ endeavour to tell their special way of “being-in-the world”[2], and at the same time, to ‘’make visible how the world touches us”[3].

- If the experience of landscape exceeds the mere gazing to envelope all senses to the point where the boundaries of the inside and the outside blur, what are the implications of this when applied to drawing heritage elements of the landscape?   

- How do we get to know one landscape by drawing that landscape?

- How can we use that experience to better understand and articulate its heritage values, especially intangible?

Reflecting from the perspective of humans’ ambiguous bond to heritage and environment, the workshop aims to bring together scholars and artists to ponder critically on the possibilities of drawing as a form of visual inquiry in researching landscape and heritage. With a goal to deepen the interdisciplinary debate, it joins the theoretical and methodological approaches from several fields of study.



University of Évora, Colégio do Espírito Santo, Amphitheater 131

09h00:  Registration

09h30:  Opening


Moderator: Eduardo Manuel Alves Duarte (Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon)

09h35:  Drawing Proximity: Dwelling and Being Present (keynote lecture) | DUNCAN BULLEN - University of Brighton       

10h00:  The inner mountain | MÁRIO LINHARES – Urban Sketchers I Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon

10h15:  Handsketching in architecture | PEDRO ALVES and PEDRO LOUREIRO – Urban Sketchers Portugal I Broadway Malyan - Lisbon

10h30:  A Landscape in my mind - Sketching as embodied reinforcer of mental imagery | MANUEL JOÃO RAMOS - ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon

10h45:  Debate/Questions

10h55 - 11h10:  Coffee Break


Moderator: Rute Sousa Matos (CHAIA - University of Évora)

11h10: What landscape is protected, by who and for who? The Ethiopian case (1963-2019) (keynote lecture) | GUILLAUME BLANC - Université Rennes 2 (web conference)

11h35: Landscape - the shape of the land: observation and representation of archaeological sites with analog and digital media | GUIDA CASELLA - Uniarq – University of Lisbon

11h50: The somatic urban landscape and its intangible heritage. A community-based approach to landscape representation | ANA MARÍA MOYA PELLITERO - CHAIA, University of Évora

12h05: The Experience of the Place. Transcending vision | FILIPA PONTES - Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon

12h20: Debate/Questions

12h30 - 14h30: lunch break

14h30: Field work at Almendres Cromlech

18h00: Coffee Break

18h15: Closing Session (amphitheater 131)


The workshop welcomes students, as well as artists, researchers and professionals from the related fields.

For more details, please visit the web page of the event


Orgainizing Committee: Nevena Tatovic, Shajjad Hossain, Monalisa Maharjan.

The event is organised in the methodological framework of Nevena Tatovic's PhD project "Hearing Holy Landscapes: Heritage of Silence – Intangibility between Nature and Culture" (FCT - HERITAS PD/BI/142867/2018).


With a support of:

UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know – How: Linking Heritage,

CIDEHUS - Interdisciplinary Centre for History, Cultures and Societies and

CHAIA - Centre for Art History and Art Research of the University of Évora.


[1] Wylie, J. (2007). Landscape. London: Routledge, p. 1.

[2] Merleau-Ponty, M. (2012). Phenomenology of perception (DA Landes, Trans.). Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

[3] Merleau-Ponty, M. (1969). Cezanne’s Doubt. In The Essential Writings of Merleau-Ponty, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 9–25. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, p. 19.

Organization: CIDEHUS - UÉvora | Cátedra UNESCO em Património Imaterial da UÉvora |
At 28.09.2019
09:00 | Colégio do Espírito Santo da Universidade | Anfiteatro 131