Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes original research related to the literatures and cultures of the diverse communities of the Portuguese-speaking world from a broad range of academic, critical and theoretical approaches.
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Call for Papers
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The 18th Century
Guest Editor: Bruno Carvalho (Princeton University)

The next volume of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) focuses on historical, literary and cultural aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world in the eighteenth century.

Despite the general lack of the printing press and universities in its colonies, the Portuguese empire maintained a global reach throughout “the long eighteenth century.” Challenging the notion of the Portuguese-speaking world as "backwards" or merely obscurantist during the period, this special issue aims to explore how the circulation of new forms of knowledge generated resistance as well as selective and creative appropriations. The geographer Charles Withers proposes that once we consider the European Enlightenment’s concerns with pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the world, “the margin becomes the core.” In broad strokes, we invite articles that seek to understand the Lusophone eighteenth century in transatlantic and hemispheric contexts, while shedding light on some of its specific dimensions. Can a closer look at Lusophone experiences and texts help us to recognize forms of knowledge that Enlightenment luminaries tended to neglect? Can the study of “peripheries” serve to uncover part of the period’s epistemological instabilities and wealth of ontological possibilities, sometimes flattened as it becomes understood either as an Age of Reason or as an age of colonial exploitation? Such questions are encouraged, but we welcome a variety of other interests and approaches. Inquiries should be directed to the Guest Editor, Bruno Carvalho, at

Themes to be addressed in this issue may include:

  • Cultural exchanges in the South Atlantic and East
  • Scientific and literary academies
  • Religion and missionaries
  • Slavery and/or race
  • Forced and free migrations
  • Non-European and Lusophone contributions in various fields of knowledge (e.g.: cartography, botany, medicine)
  • Pombaline reforms
  • The 1755 Lisbon earthquake
  • Arcadian and Neoclassical poetry
  • The “inconfidência mineira”
  • The Enlightenment (& its discontents)
  • How 18th-century references and legacies are re-signified in later periods

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2015. We encourage authors to submit articles in English or Portuguese. Submissions must conform to the journal’s guidelines, which are available at

Please send submissions to the Guest Editor:
Bruno Carvalho:

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