PAPER TRAILS: Post-industrial histories, technical memories and art practices in Tomar.



Deindustrialization is a reality and the question of what to do with the many obsolete industrial compounds is an ever-present one. Tomar is no exception, chiefly as far as its paper factories are concerned. With this in mind, this symposium is an amalgamation of academic as well as artistic perceptions regarding the fate of examples of industrial heritage such as these while also considering the relevance of paper nowadays. Thus, we welcome scientists, scholars, students, artists, entrepreneurs, architects, industrialists to attend, explore and share their knowledge in the fields of industrial memory, industrial heritage, and of the many paper purposes.

Due to COVID-19 sanitary requirements seating is limited, thus registration is compulsory, and the deadline is on the 20th of May for logistical reasons.

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Students (BA, MA, PhD)






IBAN: PT50078101120112001365903

The registration will only be complete after sending proof of payment and student/researcher status to until the 20th of May.












25 to 27 May 2022 in Tomar


Wednesday May 25th

Venue:  Auditorium Doutor José Bayolo Pacheco do Amorim at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar


8:30 - Registration

9:00 – Welcome Address

João Coroado - President of IPT

Anabela Freitas - Mayor of Tomar

Célio Marques - Director of TECHN&ART

Federica Martini (EDHEA) and Hermínia Sol (TECHN&ART) – Symposium organizing committee representatives

9:25 - Chair: Luiz Oosterbeek (UNESCO Chairholder in Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape Management / UNESCO Secretary-General of the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences – CIPSH/ CGEO/ IPT)

9:30 – KEYNOTE: The Faro Convention – Which future?

Guilherme d´Oliveira Martins (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/ President of the Great Council of the National Centre of Culture)

10:00 – Q&A Session

10:15 – Coffee break

10:45 – Chair: Renata Faria Barbosa (ISTAR-IUL/TECHN&ART)

10:50 - Pulp, an innovative raw material: the case of Caima of Constância

Jorge Custódio (IHC/ APAI)

11:15 – Meetings, Art and Deindustrialization

Leslie Fernández  (Mesa8 artists’ collective - Chile)

11:40 – Q&A Session

12:00 – Screening of the short-documentary Invisible Factories (2017) by Robert Ireland, Petra Köhle, Aurélie Strumans e Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin (produced within the ART WORK(ers) research project, EDHEA/HES-SO).

12:20 – 14:00 - Lunch (non included in the registration fee)


15:00 - Visit to former the former paper factories of Marianaia and Matrena (Tomar)

18:30 - Wine tasting dinner at Quinta Casal das Freiras


Thursday May26th

Venue:  Complexo Cultural da Levada de Tomar


9:00 – Chair: João Luz (TECHN&ART/IPT)

9:05 – KEYNOTE: Paper publications, paper writings

Manuel Portela (Faculty of Letters, University of Coimbra)

9:35 – Q&A Session

9:50 – Coffee break

10:10 – Chair: Inês Serrano (TECHN&ART/IPT)

10:15 - Papermaking raw materials

Cecília Baptista (TECHN&ART/IPT)

10:30Paper: a great human invention

Manuel Rosa (TECHN&ART/IPT)

10:45Factories as art work

Federica Martini (EDHEA - Switzerland)

11:00 – Q&A Session

11:20 – Chair: Hermínia Sol (TECHN&ART/IPT)

11:25 – Special Guest: Paper?! What Paper?

Carlos Vaz Marques (SIC Notícias, creator of and host to “Programa cujo Nome Estamos Legalmente Impedidos de Dizer”)

11:55 – Q&A Session

12:15 – 14:00 - Lunch (non included in the registration fee)


15:00 - Visit to Complexo Cultural da Levada de Tomar


Venue: Cineteatro Paraíso

19:00 - Screening of the documentary film Watermark (2022) directed by João Luz.


Friday May27th

Venue:  Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Tomar


10:00 - Visit to IPT's Restoration and Conservation Labs hosted by Ricardo Triães and Fernando Costa (TECHN&ART/IPT)

12.00 – Closing by Federica Martini (EDHEA) and Hermínia Sol (TECHN&ART)


NOTE: The guided tour to the Convent of Christ had to cancelled due to a NETFLIX film shooting occurring between the 24th and 27th of May.


Organizing Committee: Hermínia Sol, Renata Barbosa, Federica Martini, Fernando Costa, Inês Serrano, João Luz and Ricardo Triães.