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

August 4, 2017

The Eighteenth Century

The Eighteenth Century

Tagus Press, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, announces the publication of The Eighteenth Century, edited by Bruno Carvalho from Princeton University.

Challenging notions of the Portuguese-speaking world as merely "backwards" or obscurantist during the eighteenth century, this issue explores how the circulation of Enlightenment-era discourses engendered creative appropriations and unsettling compromises between divergent worldviews. The issue showcases the vibrant and diverse scholarship on the period in Portuguese and Brazilian literary and cultural studies, placing the Lusophone world in transatlantic and hemispheric contexts, while shedding light on several of its specific dimensions.

Guest Editor Bruno Carvalho is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. He is the author of Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (2013), which won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014.

The Eighteenth Century is volume 29 of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS), an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published semi-annually by Tagus Press in the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


The Launching of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies as a Hybrid Open-Access Journal

Thanks to a partnership with the Digital Services Group at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library, we are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) is now available both in print and in an open-access online formats. Current and previous issues of the journal can be accessed online. 

In addition, the journal contents are searchable and all articles can be downloaded individually. The online version of PLCS is hosted by the UMass Dartmouth Library on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. OJS is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License. Visit the Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS).


joao caixinha

Kudos to UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC) Advisory Council member João Caixinha

A well-known and deservedly acclaimed promoter of the Portuguese language and culture in the United States, Dr. Caixinha was recently promoted by the Portuguese government to the position of Coordinator of Portuguese in the United States, with the official notice published in the Diary of the Republic
[Diário da República] in Lisbon on August 4. 

Mr. Caixinha has been a sustained and very reliable good friend of Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth and in our Commonwealth, and we look forward to our continuing collaboration on current and future projects. Warmest congratulations!


Redesign of Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

The physical space of the CPSC, in room 212 of the Liberal Arts Building, on UMass Dartmouth main campus, is going through a redesign and its most important renovation since 1996. This redesign is directly linked to the new CPSC Office Conduct Guidelines in effect since June 2017. It will create additional offices, one for the CPSC Tagus Press Executive Editor, Mario Pereira, and another one for our Administrative Assistant Lisa Tavares, while faculty, students, and guests will benefit from a modest but significant expansion of the conference room space. 

My hope is that the total cost of the Center's much-needed redesign will not go over $15,000.00. We are deeply grateful to the UMass Dartmouth College of Arts and Sciences, now under the leadership of Dean Amy Shapiro, for its support, understanding, and vision for the Center and its longstanding relationship with the citizens of our Commonwealth. Please forgive our appearance during construction in the next few weeks; we are renovating to better serve you in the future. Some near-term events, such as a forthcoming book launching and new academic year reception will be relocated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and other convenient venues.

Learn more about the redesign.


victor mendes

Our recent book, A Children's History of Portugal, was featured in an article in O Jornal.  Learn more.

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)