Conference on Literature in Portuguese Language


“Perceptions of Lusophony: identities, conceptions and stereotypes”

​​​​​​​​​​​​​April 25


10:00am-3:30 pm 

(registration and breakfast start at 9:30am)

UMass Boston

Ryan Lounge, McCormack Hall, 3rd floor

100 Morrisey Blvd, Boston, MA


This conference aims to highlight key debates from the concepts of Lusophony and what it means to the Portuguese-speaking world. Lusophony is prone to create interrelated and ambiguous interpretations. “Firstly, Lusophony is a geolinguistic space, that is, a number of highly dispersed regions, countries, and societies whose official and/or maternal language is Portuguese. Secondly, Luso-phony is a sentiment, a memory of a common past, a partition of common culture and history. Thirdly, it is a set of political and cultural institutions attempting to develop the Portuguese language and culture in Portuguese-speaking spaces.” (Léonard, 1999, p. 438)


We will be celebrating cultures, identities, and diversity in the Portuguese-speaking world by tracing the roots of the Lusophone concept and discourse.


Writers, academic researchers, scholars, teachers, students, community, and everyone who is interested in ideas and thoughts will create a memorable debate on the challenges of the Lusophone world.


This conference is also presenting the launch of the book "Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista”, by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo, following a workshop on “Teaching Portuguese through music and poetry”.


Fernando Beleza, a PH.D. candidate at UMass Dartmouth, will present the topic “Luso-Afro-Brazilian Cinema in the classroom: In Theory and Practice”.


Link for the Conference Program


For more information contact:


Léonard, Yves. (1999). "As Ligações a África e ao Brasil." In Francisco Bethencourt & Kirty Chaudhuri, História da Expansão Portuguesa, Vol. 5, Navarra, Círculo de Leitores.








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Guest Writers


Bio David Hopffer Almada (Cabo Verde)

Graduated in Law from University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 1973...


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Bio Valter Hugo Mãe



Valter hugo mãe was born in angola, during the portuguese administration, in 1971...


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Francisco Alvim



Poet Francisco Alvim (b. Araxá, Brazil, 1938-) also known as Chico Alvim


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Special Guest

Bio Onésimo Almeida


Onésimo Teotónio Almeida was born in S. Miguel, Azores, in 1946. He graduated from the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, in 1972. He received his MA (1977) and...



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Guest speakers




Bio Cecilia Amaral Figueiredo


Cecilia Amaral Figueiredo holds a Master's in Portuguese studies completed at 


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Bio  Fernando Beleza 


Fernando Beleza holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures...


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Bio  Irene Amaral


Irene de Amaral holds a PhD. in Luso-Afro-Brazilian...




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Clara de Andrade


Clara de Andrade Alvim majored in Letters at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). 



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