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

Mozambican History, Myth, and Coloniality: A Symposium to Celebrate the Launching of Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa’s Ualalapi: Fragments from the End of Empire

Friday, October 6, 2017, from 3 to 5 pm

Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth (room CCB 115)
285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth

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The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth celebrates the publication by Tagus Press of the English translation of Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa’s novel Ualalapi: Fragments from the End of Empire with a colloquium on Khosa’s work and Mozambican history and literature.

Originally published in Portuguese in 1987, Ualalapi, named one of Africa’s hundred best books of the twentieth century, reflects on Mozambique’s past and present through interconnected narratives related to the last ruler of the Gaza Empire, Ngungunhane. Defeated by the Portuguese in 1895, Ngungunhane was recuperated by Mozambique’s post-independence government as a national and nationalist hero. The regime celebrated his resistance to the colonial occupation of southern Mozambique as a precursor to the twentieth-century struggle for independence. In Ualalapi, Khosa challenges that ideological celebration and portrays Ngungunhane as a despot, highlighting the violence and tyranny that characterized the Gaza Empire. This fresh look at the history of late nineteenth-century southeast Africa provides a prism through which to question the machinations of power in 1980s Mozambique.

The colloquium Mozambican History, Myth, and Coloniality is free and open to the public. It will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017, from 3 to 5 pm (with a reception to follow) in room CCB 115, located in the Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth. Please use parking lot 13 or 14.
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The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is proud to host the following three colloquium speakers:

Colloquium Program

Ualalapi: Fragments from the End of Empire by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa is volume 11 of the Adamastor Book Series, which is edited by Prof. Anna M. Klobucka (Portuguese, UMD). The novel was translated by Richard Bartlett and Isaura de Oliveira and introduced by Phillip Rothwell. Tagus Press is the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Executive Editor of Tagus Press, at 508-999-9270 or mpereira6@umassd.edu. To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.

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