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

September 15, 2017

Mario Pereira

Dr. Mario Pereira promoted to the position of the CPSC/Tagus Press Executive Editor

I am very pleased to announce that, after six years of exemplary service to CPSC and Tagus Press, Dr. Mario Pereira was recently promoted to the position of Executive Editor of the CPSC/Tagus Press. Congratulations!

Dr. Pereira holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University (2010). Before joining the CPSC in 2011, Dr. Pereira held a School of Arts & Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as an editor and a translator at The New York Review of Books, La Rivista dei Libri, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. He possesses extensive editorial experience in three languages (English, Portuguese and Italian).

As an art historian, Dr. Pereira has curated exhibitions at the University of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the John Carter Brown Library. At UMass Dartmouth, he regularly teaches the online summer course "The Art of Portugal." His translations have appeared in the The New York Review of Books and his scholarship has been published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At the CPSC/Tagus Press, he has been responsible for implementing best practices in scholarly publishing and for developing our partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE). He has overseen the editing and publication of thirty-four books. Most recently, he spearheaded efforts to form a partnership with the Digital Services Group at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library to launch Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) as an online, open access journal, with recent and forthcoming issues focused on the eighteenth century and the visual, material, and sonic cultures of Lusophone Africa.


What art is like

More about the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso / Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, Professor Miguel Tamen

By popular demand, here is some additional information about our Fall 2017 visiting scholar, including his UMass contact. Professor Tamen holds degrees from the University of Lisbon (BA, 1982; MA, 1985) and from the University of Minnesota (PhD, 1989). At the University of Lisbon, he teaches in the Program in Literary Theory (which he co-founded in 1991 and chaired for many years), as well as in the College of Arts and Humanities. Between 2000 and 2014, he held a visiting appointment at the University of Chicago; he was also a senior fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2003/4) and at the National Humanities Center (2010/11). His main interests include philosophy and literature.

He has published nine books, among which Friends of Interpretable Objects (Harvard University Press, 2001) and What Art Is Like, In Constant Reference to the Alice Books (Harvard University Press, 2012). He is a regular contributor to Common Knowledge and until recently wrote a weekly column for the Portuguese daily Observador. His Observador articles from 2014-2016 were recently collected in a book under the intriguing title Erro Extremo (Lisbon: Tinta-da-China, 2017), and a short book on the university and liberal education, co-written with his colleague António M. Feijó, is due to appear in Portugal in a few weeks.

This academic year, Professor Tamen is on sabbatical leave from the University of Lisbon, currently finishing a longer book on association and the mind. His UMass e-mail address is


The 14th Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education

Cláudia Martins

The UMass Dartmouth CPSC is a proud sponsor, in another partnership with the Camões Coordination for Portuguese in the United States and the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, of the 14th Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education, organized by the Chair of the Department of Portuguese, Prof. Gláucia Silva, on Friday, September 29, 2017. Conference Special Guest  will be Prof. Cláudia Martins, New University of Lisbon

For more information, including how to register for the conference, please consult this webpage. To contact the conference organizer, please e-mail Prof. Glaucia Silva.  


Event Information

"Food Cultures, Migration and Mobility"
September 15-16, 2017
UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus, 175 Purchase St.
For further information, please consult the events calendar .

For more details about the many books, projects, and activities of the Center, please consult the CPSC website


victor mendes

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)