sexta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2013



Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and
Comparative Perspectives: An International Conference

July 25-27, 2013
Indianapolis - Indiana, USA

Irene Maria F. Blayer (Brock University, Canada), Teresa Cid (University of Lisbon, Portugal),
Francisco Cota Fagundes (UMass Amherst, USA), Dulce Maria Scott (Anderson University, USA)

The Portuguese diaspora is in a state of flux throughout the world. The children and
grandchildren of the immigrants of bygone days continue to integrate and assimilate into the
societies adopted by their parents while the language, culture, and country of their ancestry
fade into the distant recesses of their memory. In a world molded by fast-changing
communication technologies and transnational movements, the old and the new intertwine
within the spaces of the past, the present, and the future. Out of this sense of being a part of
time of continuous change, a discursive construction of the contemporaneous Portuguese
diaspora fosters a reflection upon the interfaces between the country of origin and its global
diasporic spaces. We ought to challenge the way we study and write about our diaspora,
especially when we have entered a period of reconstruction and regeneration in which we
seek new forms of collaborative frameworks and interdisciplinary knowledge.

Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and Comparative Perspectives: An
International Conference brings together the synergetic efforts of colleagues from universities
in the United States, Canada and Portugal. In collaboration with this conference, Neither
Here nor There, Yet Both: International Conference on the Luso-American Experience will take
place at the University of Lisbon (July 11-13, 2013).

The Indiana conference Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and
Comparative Perspectives proposes to create a forum that will permit scholars to engage in a
cross-national and cross-disciplinary dialogue that will generate valuable comparative
frameworks and data. The deadline for receiving abstracts (500 words) for a 20-min. paper,
panel proposals and a concise bio is February 28, 2013  . Notification of acceptance will be sent
out on March 25, 2013  . All proposals must be submitted via the online system at the

conference link                                  . Papers may be presented in any
of the following languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. A selection of the
papers presented will be published in a refereed volume.
All comparative and interdisciplinary forms of lusophone diaspora will be considered:
sociological, economic, political, literary, linguistic, historical, cultural, and others. Possible
themes include, but are not limited to, the following:







Diaspora theory and the Portuguese “diaspora”
Historical trends and aspects of the Portuguese diaspora
The geography of the Portuguese diaspora by countries and continents
Diasporas and home country socio-cultural, political, and economic interactions
Diasporas, globalization, and international/transnational relations
Return migrations, new transits and new migrations, transnational identity formation
Diasporas in the digital age
The media and the diaspora
Demographic, social, educational, economic, and political trends in diaspora
Socioeconomic, political, cultural and psychological integration across the generations in
immigrant receiving societies.
Diaspora and intercultural patterns
Cultural, artistic, literary, and linguistic trends in the diaspora
Material culture (e.g.: artifacts, monuments, letters) and non-material culture (religion,
values, norms, feasts, folklore, traditions, music)
Identity formation processes, family structures, and psychological aspects of migrations
and diasporas
Diaspora and children: language, emotion, and identity
Writing the diaspora
Language in contact with other languages, language change and variation; notions of
bilingualism and multilingualism; the ancestral language across the generations
Oral vs. written narratives: Portuguese migrant stories (life stories and other narratives)
Identity and collective memory discourse; autobiography
Linguistic issues and gender
Context and culture in language learning
Speech community and representation of discourse
Diaspora and creative writing
Comparative diaspora studies
Other aspects of the Portuguese diaspora


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