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 - 2013

Cristiana Bastos, Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies for
Spring Semester 2013

Cristiana Bastos
Prof. Cristiana Bastos

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Portuguese, in partnership with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, announces the hire of Prof. Cristiana Bastos, an anthropologist and senior researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. Under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, Prof. Bastos will teach a one-semester graduate seminar in the Department of Portuguese entitled “Post-Portuguese Identities: Empire, Colonies and Communities.” She will also give a public lecture during the semester and begin editing a collection of essays on the Portuguese in southeastern Massachusetts in the first quarter of the twentieth century to be published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.

Whether officially promoted or locally developed by Portuguese communities around the world, the narrative of sailing braveries, conquest and imperial grandeur have long been inscribed in Portuguese collective representation–often as a counterpoint to a life of hardship, structural humiliation and resilience.  The seminar proposes a study of the ways in which tropes of empire became inscribed in Portuguese collective identity in the late 19th and 20th century; the dissonances between representations of empire (e.g., lusotropicalism) and the actual lives of diasporic Portuguese and Luso-descendents around the world; anthropological and sociological literature on the cultural, economic and political dynamics of Luso-descendent communities, with an emphasis on the Americas; and a brief study of two post-empire themes: Portugal as a hub of multicultural immigration in the 1990s-2000s, and the new flows of Portuguese out-migration following the 2011 Euro-crisis and related structural adjustments.

The seminar, taught in Portuguese, meets on Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m., beginning on January 22 and running until April.

Cristiana Bastos received her PhD from the City University of New York in 1996. Her work addresses issues of colonialism, migration, displacement, and social dimensions of health and science. Recent editorial work includes “Parts of Asia,” double issue 17/18 of Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies (Tagus Press, 2010), “Healing Holidays” theme issue of Anthropology and Medicine (2011), and the books A Circulação do Conhecimento (Imp. Ciências Sociais- Online), and Clinica, Arte e Sociedade (Imp. Ciências Sociais, 2011).
She is the author of Global Responses to AIDS- science in emergency (Indiana University Press, 1999) and a number of articles on colonialism, medicine and displacement.

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 240 million people in eight countries on four continents.