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 - 2011

Lecture: “The Quest for the Third Portuguese Empire: Portugal’s Imperial Designs in Africa (1875-1930)”

by Prof. José Miguel Sardica of the Catholic University of Portugal

April 28, at 11:00 a.m - LARTS Room 206 (Parking Lot 1)

Event free and open to the public

Dr. Ramon Tasat
Prof. José Miguel Sardica of the
Catholic University of Portugal

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the History Department announce a lecture, “The Quest for the Third Portuguese Empire: Portugal’s Imperial Designs in Africa (1875-1930),” by Prof. José Miguel Sardica of the Catholic University of Portugal. The lecture—free and open to the public—will take place on Thursday, April 28, at 11:00 a.m. in LARTS Room 206, Parking Lot 1.

In 2011, particularly after the decolonization experience of 1974-75, it may be difficult to understand the overall importance that the overseas empire exerted on Portuguese political and cultural history. But we must be mindful that for over 500 years, the sea and the colonies turned an otherwise small and peripheral European country into an important international player. This is the context to examine the Portuguese expansion into Africa in the late 19th and into the 20th century, with the aim of creating a “new Brazil”. This lecture will present the challenges and impasses that characterized this expansion, in light of the European “Scramble for Africa” during the 1870s, the Portuguese Monarchy’s end-of-century “Africanism,” the post-1910 Portuguese Republic’s overseas objectives and the Salazar’s Regime’s (Estado Novo’s) perception of a “sacred mission” to continue developing its African colonies.

José Miguel Sardica holds a PhD in Contemporary Portuguese History and is Associate Professor in the College of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal. He is the author of six books on contemporary Portuguese political, institutional and cultural history, including Twentieth Century Portugal: A Historical Overview (2008).

For further information, please contact Melissa Costa at 508-999-8255 or e-mail melissa.costa@umassd.edu.

 

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