ICTS Webinar Series Spring 2021 –
“Lisbon Encounters: Racism and Conviviality in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction”
by Dr Fernando Beleza (Newcastle University),
6 May 2021 @ 18:00 GMT (online)

The Irish Centre for Transnational Studies (ICTS) is delighted to invite you to our next webinar, taking place on Thursday, May 6th 2021 @ 6pm.

In a country that is still reluctant to fully address its colonial past, as well as the forms of structural racism that still persist, the recent literary production of Portuguese writers of African descent has emerged as an important forum for the representation of racialized, migrant, and transnational experiences in an increasingly multicultural Lisbon. Focusing in particular on the works of two writers of African descent, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s Esse cabelo [That Hair] and Kalaf Epalanga’s Os brancos também sabem dançar [The Whites Know How to Dance Too], this paper will examine how these literary works are redefining what constitutes being simultaneously Portuguese, Afro-Portuguese, and European in the XXI Century, while exposing the specific forms of post-imperial melancholia and racism that have contributed and continue to shape lives in postcolonial Portugal.

Fernando Beleza is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at Newcastle University. His research focuses on modern and contemporary literatures and cinemas of Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa. He has published articles and book chapters on: race, gender, and sexuality in Lusophone literatures; migration, transnational imaginaries and cosmopolitanism; the environmental humanities. Fernando Beleza is the co-editor of Mário de Sá-Carneiro, a Cosmopolitan Modernist (2018) and he is the Book Review Editor for the journal Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies.

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