Project Details


CITER promotes research in Theology and Religious Studies based on a background of interpreting the implicit and explicit religious dimensions of our culture. In seeking to understand the role of religion in reshaping the public space and how individual and community identities are reconfigured (their representations, values and practices), we give special emphasis to theological thinking, the construction of values in society, the social and cultural currents that affect religious identities, and the aesthetic and performative manifestations of religion in the multiple incarnations of contemporary society. Our approach gives preferential treatment to studying these issues in the context of Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking societies.

Knowledge in the field of Religious Studies, and its varied phenomena, traditions and grammars, is an essential instrument for discovering ways of understanding our world and contemporary culture, taking into consideration that unending change requires a constant redefinition of how we view individuals and their social and cultural evolution. In this light, CITER promotes theology and religious studies by means of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, seeking to describe religious realities in contemporary societies, while valuing the autonomy of each field of investigation. By endeavouring to build a bridge between science and society and to promote free and open access to scientific knowledge, CITER encourages public debate of today's core social and cultural issues and the fundamental elements of Western spirituality.

CITER involves researchers from different institutions and diverse scientific fields. It is organized along two thematic lines: (I) Theologies, Values and Social Dynamics (TVSD) and (II) The Performativities and Aesthetics of Religion (PAR). In addition to the two lines of research, there are also interdisciplinary research projects. CITER also has developed the Portal «Society & Religion», which was built up on previous work carried out by some CITER researchers. The Portal meets the growing need to produce and update measurable information on the composition of religious identities in Portugal.

Key findings

Effective start/end date2/09/1929/08/25

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Theology
  • Religious studies
  • Contemporary culture
  • Performativities and aesthetics of religion
  • Social dynamics


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