Colloquium: Social Movements and Civic Engagement in the Portuguese-Speaking World – UMass Dartmouth


The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth is hosting “Social Movements and Civic Engagement in the Portuguese-Speaking World,” an international symposium April 8-9.

This symposium intends to offer an analysis of the rise and impact of social movements at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century within the Portuguese-speaking world. At the same time, the symposium will also study the civic engagement of Luso-descendants through the Portuguese diaspora. In order to achieve these objectives, the Center has organized panels and round tables that bring together not only scholars from divergent academic fields, but also contemporary Portuguese-speaking writers who use the power of the written word to promote political and social change in the world.

The symposium will open on April 8 at 9 a.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum with 3 panels and a formal dinner. Panels include:

  • Panel 1: Brazilian digital literature: writers as agents of social change
  • Panel 2: Social movements in Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • Panel 3: Civic engagement and activism in Portugal

The next day, April 9 at 9:30 am, the colloquium will be held on the UMass Dartmouth campus with 1 panel and 2 round tables. Events include:

  • Panel 4: Civic Engagement and Activism in the Portuguese Diaspora (CCB 149)
  • Round table 1: The female voice in Portuguese-speaking literatures (Large reading room of the library)
  • Roundtable 2: Legislators’ Roundtable – Public Service as Civic Engagement (Large Library Reading Room)

The full conference program is available here: Social movements and civic engagement in the Portuguese-speaking world

“The impact of social movements and civic engagement within and across national borders is a hot topic. One that deserves closer examination. The aim of the symposium is to bring together people from different fields such as writers, academics and politicians to discuss multiple aspects of social movements and civic engagement across the Portuguese-speaking world,” said Dr. Paula Noversa , Director of the Center.

For more information contact 508-999-8255 or email [email protected]

Source: Press release| UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

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