Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora (1928-2008):

Venue: University of Lisbon

Location: Portugal

Event Date/Time: Oct 23, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 25, 2008
Registration Date: Sep 15, 2008
Early Registration Date: Aug 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 15, 2008
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Thematic clusters: topics might include but are not limited to:
· Diaspora generally considered:
- theoretical aspects of the diaspora (e.g., diaspora vs. migration vs. exile vs.
- estrangeirados)
- history of the Portuguese diaspora of the 20th century
- anthropology and diaspora
- diaspora and identity (e.g., designations and epithets: Portuguese-American, hyphenated Portuguese, Portagee, etc.)

· Diaspora in literature, the arts, and the media
- diaspora in non-migrant Portuguese literature (i.e., works by artists who were not themselves migrants to foreign countries, e.g., Olga Gonçalves, Cristóvão de Aguiar, João de Melo, etc.)
- literature of estrangeirados and/or exiles (e.g., writers who lived abroad but who did not consider themselves primarily economic migrants
- literature written by immigrants (in the US, Canada, European countries, etc.) in Portuguese
- ethnic literature (i.e., works written by descendants of Portuguese migrants in the host country language(s))
- the depiction of Portuguese in host country literatures and other arts, especially the cinema
- Portuguese diaspora and the arts
- Portuguese diaspora and the media

· The Geography and Economy of Diaspora
- Portuguese regions and diaspora
- the Portuguese diaspora in specific countries: historical, regional, and economic aspects
- Brazil and other Latin American countries
- United States of America
- Canada
- countries of the European Union
- African countries
- Asian countries
- Australia
- migration and identity: the role of geographical place
- Economics of the diaspora

· Sociology and Psychology of the Migrant Experience
- diaspora and the family
- diaspora and religion
- tradition and social change
- socio-cultural-identity issues of Luso-descendants
- perception of original country traditions
- migrant experience and multicultural awareness

· Linguistic aspects of diaspora
- the Portuguese language in contact with other languages
- bilingualism and multilingualism (oral vs. written languages and culture)
- language and cultural identity
- context and culture in language learning (e.g., what contexts contribute to heritage language maintenance in the host country)
- speech community and representation of discourse (e.g., communication in Portuguese within communities made up of groups from various countries/ areas of the Lusophone world)
- linguistic issues and gender
- oral vs. written narratives: Portuguese migrant stories (life stories and other narratives)
- diaspora and children: language, emotion, and identity

· diaspora and politics (e.g., the participation, or non-participation, of migrants in the political life of the host countries and the country of origin after migration)

· material and non-material culture
- material culture
- letters; unpublished life stories; monuments; visual arts
- other aspects of material culture (e.g., foodways) (migrant as donor and receiver)
- non-material culture
- traditions; celebrations; music; visual arts (migrant as donor and receiver)