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

UMassD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
Director's Friday Message

July 28, 2017

A Children's History of Portugal

A Children's History of Portugal

This colorful book, the first history of Portugal for very young readers published in English, narrates the exciting history of one of the oldest nations in Europe from the time of the ancient Lusitanians to the contemporary moment. It arrived at the Center on Wednesday, fresh from the printing press at Reynolds DeWalt. Written for elementary and middle school students, this history has been placed on the Plano Nacional de Leitura, a national education initiative sponsored by Portugal's Ministry of Education. 

Now in its fourth edition, A Children's History of Portugal was written by prize-winning author Sérgio Luís de Carvalho, director of the Museu do Pão [Bread Museum] in the Serra da Estrela and author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction. It was translated into English by Inês Lima, a PhD candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory at UMass Dartmouth. 

This book represents a substantial financial investment by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture; we are now looking forward to disseminating it in the United States and beyond with all interested organizations and individuals.

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Gloria Sa e Nelia alves

Azorean Migration and Transnationalism: The Role of the Casas dos Açores in Transnational Practices.

On Monday, July 31, Nélia Alves-Guimarães will defend her PhD dissertation  proposal in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory. All are welcome to attend this defense, which will be in Portuguese. Nélia's advisor is Professor Gloria de Sá, and her committee consists of Professor Dário Borim Jr. and Professor Victor K. Mendes. For more info, please contact Professor Gloria de Sá.
Monday, July 31, 2017
10:00 AM

Abstract: With the intensification of worldwide social relations linking distant localities, by the end of the 20th century it became apparent that the study of immigrant adaptation could no longer be restricted to the process of assimilation to the host country.  Indeed, as pointed out by Itizigsohn et al (1999), more and more international migrants do not delink themselves from their home country. Rather, members of diasporic communities have become transmigrants, who keep and nourish ties to their place of origin, linking people and institutions across the borders of nation states in a process of adaptation called transnationalism. Often the result of informal grass-roots activities by the migrants themselves (transnationalism from below), transnationalism can also be promoted by the actions of institutions, such as global media, governments and organizations designed to help migrants adjust to the communities of settlement (transnationalism from above).

This dissertation focuses on the links between individual and institutional aspects of transnationalism by analyzing the transnational dynamics of the Casas dos Açores throughout the world. In particular, the study attempts to identify the extent to which the activities sponsored by these organizations are geared toward the development of transnationalism among the Azorean diaspora, and how the type of activities carried out is related to the characteristics of its leaders. More specifically, it is hypothesized that the higher the number of transmigrants among the leaders of a particular Casa, the higher the number of programs/activities associated with transnationalism.

To ascertain the level of transnational activities sponsored by the Casas, the study will compile the annual reports of the last five years for all the Casas outside of Portugal and analyze them against a typology of transnational practices developed by Portes et al, who defined transnationalism as "occupations and activities that require regular and sustained contacts over time across national borders for their implementation." The level of transnationalism among Casa leaders will be investigated through a questionnaire mailed out to each Casa's administrators and board of directors. 

This questionnaire will be based on the concept of transmigrant provided by Glick-Schiller and her associates, defined as "migrants who forge and sustain simultaneous, multi-stranded social relations that link together their societies of origin and settlement." Upon completion, this study will (1) make unique theoretical contributions to the field of immigrant integration by looking at the relationship between individual and institutional transnational practices; (2) advance our understanding of transnationalism in the Azorean diaspora; and (3) provide suggestions for policies aimed at improving relationships between diasporic communities and their countries of origin and settlement. Read more about the defense. 


After the November 11, 2016 election of a new CPSC leadership, the two key developments have been the approval of the Center's revised bylaws and the announcement of the CPSC Advisory Council. 

Grateful for your understanding and support,

Victor K. Mendes
Director, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC)
Director, PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory (LABST)