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

"Portuguese Expansion and Cross-Cultural Artistic Exchange"

Lecture by Dr. Mario Pereira

March 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m in the Board of Trustees Conference Room (third floor of the Foster Administration Building)

Event free and open to the public

Portuguese Expansion and Cross-Cultural Artistic Exchange

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a lecture, “Portuguese Expansion and Cross-Cultural Artistic Exchange” by Dr. Mario Pereira.

The event - free and open to the public - will take place on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board of Trustees Conference Room located on the third floor of the Foster Administration Building. Light refreshments will be served. This lecture will also be presented at the University of Pittsburgh on March 20, 2012.

During the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, the Portuguese court collected and commissioned objects of art from artists working in Sierra Leone. The patronage of West African art formed an important part of the visual culture of the Portuguese court and was integral to the king’s cultural program intended to enhance his prestige and to promote his imperial ideology to other European courts. These objects of luxury art, the product of cross-cultural interaction, participated in decisive ways to the fashioning of an iconology of royal power in Europe.

Mario Pereira is Managing Editor of Tagus Press in the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. After receiving his PhD from Brown University, he held an Arts & Sciences postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

For further information, please contact 508.999.8255 or e-mail melissa.costa@umassd.edu

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