João Carlos Gonçalves Serafim

João Carlos Gonçalves Serafim

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Biographical note

He graduated in Classical and Portuguese Languages and Literatures from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra (1993). Master’s degree in History of Portuguese Culture (Modern Period), from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto (1996). In 1998, he became a full researcher at C.I.U.H.E. (Inter-University Center for the History of Spirituality) of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto – incorporated by CITCEM in 2007 -, maintaining regular participation in scientific projects. It was in these research centers that – under the guidance of Dr. José Adriano de Freitas Carvalho – he did his doctoral and post-doctoral work: his doctorate, completed in 2004, he studied the life and work of D. João de Castro, grandson of the famous viceroy of India, who – after going into exile, following D. António, the prior of Crato – was a key figure in the genesis and evolution of the sebastic phenomenon. António, the prior of Crato – was a key character in the genesis and evolution of the sebastic phenomenon; in the Post-doctoral, completed in 2011, as a grant holder of FCT, he developed a project entitled “A Epistolografia ao serviço da Bibliofilia e do Colecionismo no século XVII” – whose main objective was to collect, study and edit all the letters of the famous bibliophile D. Vicente Nogueira,
existing in the Portuguese archives. Among the already vast bibliographic production, of note are the edition, with an introductory study, of “The Dawn of the Fifth Monarchy” by D. João de Castro, in 2011; the edition of D. Vicente Nogueira’s epistolography, in 2011; and the critical edition of “Paraphrase and Concordance of Some of Bandarra’s Prophecies,” also by D. João de Castro, in 2018.
In the last years, he has participated in several projects of scientific dissemination, some of them still in press, and is co-author of thematic dictionaries and “global histories”: such as the “Dictionary of Father António Vieira”, the “Dictionary of the Antis: Portuguese Culture in Negative”, the “Global History of Portuguese Literature”, the “Global Dictionary of Spirituality and Mysticism”?
He is currently developing a research project on the library that was confiscated from D. Vicente Nogueira in 1633.