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.

Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair

Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies

Established in 2001 by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies allows for the yearly hire of a distinguished scholar, professor and/or author, specializing in the vast and varied Portuguese-speaking world comprised of over 220 million people in eight countries on four continents.

Established in 2001, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies is a rotating visiting distinguished scholar program that supports the interdisciplinary graduate/undergraduate program in Portuguese Studies and the research objectives and the various publication series of the Center.

The Hélio and Amélia Pedroso / Luso American Foundation Endowed Chair
in Portuguese Studies recipient for Fall 2017:

Professor Miguel Tamen

Ndalu de Almeida (“Ondjaki”)
Professor Miguel Tamen

We are proud and honored to host the distinguished Professor Miguel Tamen, a leading Portuguese scholar in the humanities, working between Lisbon and the United States, as our Hélio and Amélia Pedroso / Luso American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies. Professor Tamen will teach a PhD seminar this Fall semester, “Portugal-Talk”, on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30pm.

“PORTUGAL-TALK”
Can a country be described? How would you describe it to a native? To a child? To a foreigner? Are natives' descriptions better than other descriptions?  Can you claim knowledge of a country? If so, why? Questions such as these will be addressed through the particular concept: Portugal-talk.
In this class, "Portugal-Talk", will not be understood as a genre, but merely as descriptive talk referring to Portugal, the country. We will read and discuss a number of late 19th and 20th century texts by Portuguese writers, some of them important writers such as Raul Brandão, Miguel Esteves Cardoso, António Nobre and Fernando Pessoa: travel guides, textbooks, anthropological journalism, fiction, poetry, and essays. Additional philosophical and anthropological texts will be discussed. The perspective will thus be fully comparative.

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 LikeIn 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 mtamen@umassd.edu

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