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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Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies 31
Luso-American Literatures and Cultures Today
Edited by Christopher Larkosh, Emanuel da Silva and Jo-Anne Ferreira


While recent literary anthologies and social-science edited collections address a number of lacunae in research on the Portuguese diaspora in the US and Canada, there is still a pressing need for an issue of PLCS that can bridge the gap between academia and the local community and thus provide new contexts for, as well as practicable insights into, Portuguese-American cultural identity in the US and corresponding communities in other parts of North America in the 21st century.

Although some traditions—especially those connected to religious and cultural festivals or the Portuguese home and kitchen—continue to form the core of what many community members consider Luso-diasporic culture in North America, there are many other ways that these conventional parameters of Portuguese-American cultural identity can be imagined and rethought. This need for rethinking is due, in large part, to changing social and economic conditions in local and global contexts which result, for example, in many identifiably Portuguese-American neighborhoods and commercial areas being supplemented or replaced by other kinds of consumer spaces. There is thus a renewed need for scholarly work that can act as a sort of blueprint for the present and future new directions of Luso-American culture, as part of a continually expanding set of historical reference points and intercultural connections. 

The proposed issue of PLCS will focus on contemporary Luso-American cultural manifestations in the broadest ways possible and from across the North American continent, including New England, the Ironbound district of New Jersey, the San Joaquin valley and elsewhere in California, Hawaii, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  

We encourage authors to submit full-length academic articles (5500-8000 words) in English or Portuguese that examine any of the following themes:

  • New directions in Portuguese-American and Luso-American literature (novels, poetry, drama)
  • Festas, bands and other forms of community conviviality
  • Consumer cultures: the politics of acquisition, conspicuous consumption, the Portuguese-American/Canadian marketplace
  • Popular culture, from comedy to music (Portuguese Kids, Nelly Furtado, Portuguese-Hawaiian comics, music and dance, etc.)
  • Mass media studies (Portuguese-language/bilingual press, television, radio, Internet)
  • Contemporary literature, art, cinema, etc. and their representation of Luso-diasporic communities in North America
  • Modes of cultural production, publishing and diffusion
  • Political figures, diplomacy, Portugal-US/Canadian/Caribbean relations from a cultural studies/transcultural citizenship perspective
  • Relationships between Portuguese-American cultural norms and mainstream US/Canadian/Caribbean cultures (including gender, lgbtq+ issues, race and ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, and national identity)
  • Comparative studies of Portuguese-American and other Lusophone (Cape Verdean, Brazilian) and non-Lusophone (e.g., Italian-American, African diaspora, US Latino/a, South and East Asian) cultures in North America 
  • Language and identity; multilingual language mixing; Portuguese bilingualism/multilingualism vs. monolingualism in contemporary cultural life
  • Academic culture: teaching culture both to heritage and non-heritage learners; the role of education for Portuguese descendants in the US, Canada and the Caribbean
  • Advances in Portuguese language education for US/Canadian/Caribbean heritage learners; other educational horizons.

The deadline for submission is October 15, 2017. We encourage authors to submit articles in English or Portuguese. Submissions must conform to the journal’s guidelines, which are available here:

Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published by Tagus Press in the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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