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

- Fall 2012 Lecture Series -

"Africans and Afro-Descendants in Portugal:
Continuity and Ruptures from Late Medieval to Postcolonial Times"

Lecture by Prof. Fernando Arenas

November 9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in LARTS, Room 397D, parking lot 7 (visitor parking), UMass Dartmoouth

Event free and open to the public

Prof. Fernando Arenas
Prof. Fernando Arenas

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a lecture, “Africans and Afro-Descendants in Portugal: Continuity and Ruptures from Late Medieval to Postcolonial Times,” by Prof. Fernando Arenas. The event will take place on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in LARTS 397D, parking lot 7 (visitor parking). Free and open to the public.

The lecture will discuss the presence of Africans and their descendants in Portugal from the late Middle Ages until today. It will also offer an analysis of recent feature films and literary fiction related to sub-Saharan African immigrants and their descendants in contemporary Portugal, while investigating how this cultural production reflects the changing Portuguese nation, where the boundaries between postcolonial Portugal and its former African colonies, as well as the notions of what constitutes “being African” or “being European,” are being redefined.

Fernando Arenas is Professor of Lusophone Studies at the University of Michigan with a dual appointment in the departments of Afro-American and African Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures. His work focuses on cultural expressions such as literature, film, and popular music, which he studies through an interdisciplinary and theoretical prism centering on the dyad of post-colonialism and globalization. He is the author of Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (2010) and Utopias of Otherness: Nationhood and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil (2003), both from the University of Minnesota Press.

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

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