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 - 2012

Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies for Spring Semester 2012

Prof. Luiz Felipe de Alencastro
Prof. Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Portuguese, in partnership with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, announces the hire of Prof. Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Professor of Brazilian History and Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies and the South Atlantic at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, Prof. de Alencastro will teach a one-semester graduate seminar in the Department of Portuguese entitled “Comparative Studies in the Portuguese-Speaking World.” He will also give a public lecture during the semester and take on the position of guest editor of a volume of the academic journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.

The seminar proposes a study of South Atlantic Culture and History from the 16th to the 21st century. Some topics of focus include the differences and similarities in North Atlantic and South Atlantic history, societies and cultures; the Luso-Brazilian slave trade; Indian policy; Portuguese colonial policy, Luso-tropicalism and Brazilian diplomacy after the Second World War; the relationship between Brazil and the former Portuguese colonies in Africa after 1974; and the Afro-Brazilian and Amerindian population, quotas and Affirmative Action in present day Brazil.

Discussion will be based on Portuguese, Brazilian and Angolan historiography, literary works and movies pertaining to these and additional subjects. The seminar, taught in Portuguese, meets on Mondays, 3:30-6:00 p.m., beginning on January 30 and running until May. Anyone interested in South Atlantic Culture and History is encouraged to enroll.
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro is author or editor of several books, including O Tratado dos Viventes: Formação do Brasil no Atlântico Sul, Séculos XVI-XVII, to be published in translation by the University of Texas Press, and História da Vida Privada no Brasil (volume 2). He has published numerous scholarly articles on Brazilian colonial history and the South Atlantic and is a respected public intellectual who regularly writes for major Brazilian newspapers, including Folha de São Paulo. He is a member of the prestigious Academia Europaea.

Established in 2001 by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies allows for the yearly hire of a distinguished scholar, professor and/or author, specializing in the vast and varied Portuguese-speaking world comprised of over 220 million people in eight countries on four continents.

 

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