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.

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Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies course at UMD

drakleThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces the hire of Dr. Dorle Dracklé, Professor of Social Anthropology and Intercultural Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, to teach a one-semester course on contemporary Portugal in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The Spring 2007 seminar—entitled "Cultures of Contemporary Portugal," under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies—will explore and develop a picture of this country using new anthropological studies in interaction with film, literature and music. The course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm beginning on January 29, 2007.

Professor Dorle Dracklé has done fieldwork in Portugal on local elites, virtual economy, the European Union, electronic communities and urban slums. Her recent publications include The Rhetoric of Crisis: On the Cultural Poetics of Politics, Bureaucracy and Virtual Economy in Southern Portugal (in German, 2006), Images of Death (in German, 2001, with CD-ROM), as well as various articles.  Professor Dracklé's main research interests are media, science and technology studies, music, literature, economy, politics and policy.

The Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, created in 2001, allows for the yearly hire of a distinguished scholar and professor, specializing in the vast and varied Portuguese-speaking world comprised of over 200 million people in eight countries on four continents.

Other holders of the endowed chair were:
- 2006 Spring, Professor George Monteiro, Brown University;
- 2005 Spring, Professor Carlos Reis, University of Coimbra;
- 2003 Spring, Professor Donald Warrin, California State University.

For more information, please contact the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at 508-999-8255

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