The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.


New Editor-in-Chief of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies

Dr. Ramon Tasat
João Cezar de Castro Rocha

July 29, 2011– North Dartmouth, MA. Starting this month, Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies will have a new editor-in-chief, João Cezar de Castro Rocha, professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and author or editor of over twenty-five books, including three published by Tagus Press since 2001. In fall 2009 he was Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at UMass Dartmouth. Prof. Castro Rocha will replace Prof. Victor K. Mendes, who is stepping down at the end of this year, after thirteen years of dedicated service and leadership that resulted in the publication of 17 volumes/24 issues of the journal.

As well as continuing to publish thematically-based scholarly articles, PLCS will contain three other permanent sections as part of the journal's new profile, as follows:

Structural features of PLCS can be summarized as follows: The first two sections (scholarly articles and essays) will be devoted to relevant new or established topics, while the other two sections (reviews and unpublished works) will entail a more forward-looking purpose. In this way, the content and structure of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies are brought into balance.

Topics for forthcoming volumes (whose submissions will be accepted through blind peer review):

Under Prof. Castro Rocha's leadership, PLCS will appear semiannually in June and December. A new Editorial Board will be created, and the current Advisory Board will be restructured.

Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies is published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, a partner of the University Press of New England, which promotes and distributes the four imprints of Tagus Press.