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 18, 2017

Diogo Ramada Curto

Portuguese Empire in Perspective: An Interview with Diogo Ramada Curto 

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC)
presents an MP3 scholarly interview with Diogo Ramada Curto, New University of Lisbon. The interview, which was conducted by Timothy Dale Walker, UMass was recorded on June 27, 2017. 
The interview discusses the main challenges of researching and writing on the Portuguese Empire. The first challenge is a matter of scale, requiring attentiveness to different imperial or colonial configurations and the adoption of a long-run perspective. The second is the demand for a more integrated perspective in dealing at the same time with different continents and geographically distinct colonial situations. The last challenge is the need for more consistent comparative frames in order to develop a large-scale analytical history of the Portuguese empire.

Diogo Ramada Curto is a leading Portuguese historian and professor of history at the New University of Lisbon (College of Human and Social Sciences). Author and editor of thirty books, he is also an the editor of two book series on history and social sciences. He held the posiiton of Vasco da Gama Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2000-2008) and he has been visiting professor and fellow at Yale University, Brown University, The John Carter Brown Library, and King's College London. He writes regularly for the preeminent Portuguese newspapers Expresso and Público.


Migration and Mill WorkMigration and Mill Work: Portuguese Communities in Industrial New England

Migration and Mill Work is a multidisciplinary conference providing an overview of migrant mill work through an extended discussion of the settlement and development of the early Portuguese communities in New England. The conference will address the waves of migrant laborers in textile and manufacturing mills in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from the late nineteenth century onwards.

Date: December 3-5, 2017  
Location: Various locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island -
Lowell National Historical Park, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ferreira-Mendes Archives, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth With thematic and museum visits in Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford and Slater Mill, Pawtucket. 

We invite presentations on topics such as: mill town communities and ethnic groups; class and culture in industrial New England; work and living conditions; racializations, categorizations and identities; social histories of the mill communities; life-histories among the working classes; workers rights movements; trans-local approaches to migrant trajectories; mill technology and technologies of labor governance; studies of age, gender, labor class, etc. The Portuguese case study will be connected to broader themes in race, ethnicity and labor practices, and will contextualize the political and economic forces confronted by migrant mill wage workers in the period. There are no conference fees. 

The conference will serve as a working meeting for researchers organizing an edited volume on the theme for the project The Color of Labor: the Racialized Lives of Migrants (ERC Advanced Grant). Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the working meetings and may be published in the volume. A unique conference program will bring participants on site visits to the Lowell National Historical Park, Boott Mills, the historical replica Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI and include exhibits, museum talks (New Bedford Whaling Museum), and thematic tours of mill towns and mill neighborhoods, linking research themes to the living history of the communities under consideration. 

The conference is jointly sponsored by:

Submissions: send abstract to 
Deadline for abstract submission October 10, 2017. All accepted papers will be invited to participate in the working meetings and receive an invitation to all conference sponsored meals. 


victor mendes

WJFD 97.3 FM Irene de Amaral interviews translator and PhD candidate Inês Lima and CPSC director Victor K. Mendes about the new CPSC Tagus Press unprecedented book A Children's History of Portugal. Listen to the interview.

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)