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.

Events - 2010

Lecture on Portuguese Philosopher José Marinho at UMass Dartmouth

“An ethical ontology: the genesis and scope of José Marinho’s Theory of Being and Truth (1961)”

Lecture on Migration from the Madeira Islands to Guyana, Hawaii, and Angola, by the Portuguese Anthropologist Cristiana Bastos

Monday, November 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM
Liberal Arts Building (parking lot 1), Conference Room 374

Professor Jorge Croce Rivera
Professor Jorge Croce Rivera of the
University of Évora, Portuga

November 24, 2010 – Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Justice Studies announce a lecture entitled, “Of Island, Oceans and Continents: Extraordinary Stories of Migration from Madeira to Guyana, Hawaii and Angola,” by Prof. Cristiana Bastos of Institute for Social Sciences, in Lisbon. The lecture—free and open to the public—will be held in the Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12 noon (parking lot 13).

 All through the 19th century, many thousands of islanders from Madeira were displaced into plantation labor in Guyana, the Caribbean and later in Hawaii. In the context the so-called “European Scramble for Africa” in the 1880s, the Portuguese government attempted to re-route the flow of emigration into settlements in the Portuguese colonies, starting with the southern Angola plateau. As a result, Madeirans were the early settlers of the Huíla plateau. The study of these migrations brings to life a complex network of travelers, labor contracts, and individual and collective trajectories that lead us to question the boundaries between migration, indentured servitude, settlement, and colonization.

Prof. Cristiana Bastos is an anthropologist at the Institute for Social Sciences in Lisbon, Portugal. She received her doctorate from the City University of New York. Presently, she is a visiting professor in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, under the Michael Teague program funded by the Luso-American Foundation. She has conducted research on contemporary urban Brazil, on Portuguese colonial societies, and on several projects about health, science and society. Her most recent edited volume is Parts of Asia: Beyond Lusotropical Nostalgia, double issue 17/18 of the journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, a publication of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.


Contact: Prof. Frank F. Sousa
Phone: (508) 999 8255