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 - 2017

Ethnic and Racial Identities and Civic Life: Portuguese-American Chartered Cultural,
Socio-Religious, Political, and Economic Associations in New England

Miguel Moniz from Institute for Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (LARTS 212), UMass Dartmouth

Are all welcome! Free and open to the public

Flyer of the Event (PDF format)

Miguel Moniz
Miguel Moniz
Institute for Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture in collaboration with The Department of Portuguese and The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives proudly present "Ethnic and Racial Identities and Civic Life: Portuguese-American Chartered Cultural, Socio-Religious, Political, and Economic Associations in New England by Miguel Moniz from Institute for Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.

You are all cordially invited. Please join us at:
Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (LARTS 212)
April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)
5:30 pm Refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public
Please use Parking Lot 1

Abstract.
Since first arriving in New England in the late nineteenth century, Portuguese migrants have founded hundreds of chartered cultural and civic associations as a response to the challenges of settlement. Central to the formation of Portuguese ethnic and racial identities in New England, the associations have facilitated the assimilation of migrants and their descendants to American civic life. This talk provides a history of these associations, describing how they were responsible for the political and civic solidarity among Portuguese-Americans. The talk will also examine how Portuguese-American participation in the associations have assisted migrants and their descendants in expressing, constructing, adapting to, and resisting ethnic and racial classifications over the course of the twentieth century.

Bio.
Anthropologist Miguel Moniz comes from an Azorean and Cape Verdean community in Cape Cod. He is a European Research Council Advanced Grant Fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. His project is entitled, "COLOUR: Investigating Race, Identity, and Labor Practices among Portuguese Migrants." Current and previous grant research include: "Nossa MUsica" (contemporary Portuguese brass bands); "Ritual, Transnationalism, and Ethnicity" (Portuguese socio-religious rituals in New England); "Diasbola" (soccer in Portuguese migrant communities); and "A Critical Interrogation of the Nation and the Power of the State to Define Belonging" (developing dissertation research begun as a Fulbright Fellow). Moniz teaches at ISCTE/IUL and, since 2013, has been a professor for the UMass in Lisbon program. Moniz received a PhD from Brown in 2004. In the mid 1990s, he moved to the Azores, and has been living in Lisbon since 2005.

For more information: Prof. Victor K. Mendes — vmendes@umassd.edu

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Gloria de Sá interviews visiting scholar Miguel Moniz

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João Tordo Talks with Vitor K. Mendes

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Some photos of the Miguel Moniz

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