The North-South Divide in Postcolonial Studies: Lusophone Perspectives: An International Conference at UW-Madison

Second International Meeting of the Lusophone Postcolonial Research Network (LUPOR)

The North-South Divide in Postcolonial Studies: Lusophone Perspectives

An International Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 4-6, 2008

This conference will continue and extend LUPOR’s mission to examine and reassess the discourses and practices of Portuguese colonialism and its legacy by exploring possibilities for the development of a more diversified, plural, hybrid and contextualized knowledge of actual relationships in the Lusophone world.  Proposing to revisit the historical and geographical circumstances that characterized Portuguese colonial practices on three continents over a period of nearly five centuries, Lusophone postcolonial studies works to further new understandings of economic, social, cultural and political configurations that shape the experiences of those living in, or hailing from, the eight nations that currently count Portuguese as one of their national languages.

By bringing together a group of international scholars from a wide variety of academic backgrounds who will present new perspectives on Lusophone colonialism and postcolonialism, the conference will offer a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas concerning diverse knowledge systems.  Through the explicit inclusion of perspectives that originate from, or are located in, the ‘south’ as well the ‘north,’ it will likewise contribute to the development of new ways of understanding current relationships that characterize north-south dialogue and interaction.

Thursday, Sept. 4:

Registration 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Conference opening: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Magdalena Hauner, Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science

Gilles Bousquet, Dean of International Studies

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Universidade de Coimbra and University of Wisconsin-Madison.  “O pensamento abissal no espaço de língua oficial portuguesa”

Moderator: Ellen W. Sapega, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reception-4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Pyle, Center, AT&T Lounge

Friday, Sept. 5:

Plenary Session (9:00 am -10:00 am)

Moderator, Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hilary Owen, University of Manchester.  “What the Englishwoman Saw: Maria Graham Goes Gothic in Brazil”

Session 1 (10:30 am -12:00 pm)-Gender, Race, and the End of Empire

Moderator: Maria Irene Ramalho de Sousa Santos, Universidade de Coimbra and University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ana Paula Ferreira, University of Minnesota.  “‘Como podemos ser boas donas de casa?’: Colonialist Discourse, Gender, and the Critique of Colonialism”

José N. Ornelas, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  “From Colonialism to Post-colonialism: The Journey of a Nation from 1961-1974”

Ana Paula Arnaut, Universidade de Coimbra.  “O barulho surdo(?) das raças em O Meu Nome É Legião de António Lobo Antunes”

Lunch, Pyle Center Main Dining Room

Session 2 (1:00 pm -2:30 pm)-Rethinking the Status of India

Moderator: Mary Lou Daniel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Denise Saive, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  “Mulheres à margem? Revisão de poder e género nas obras de Diogo de Couto e Jan Huygen van Linschoten”

Ananya Chakravarti, University of Chicago.  “Neither Reality nor Ideology: Brazil, India and the Third World, 1947-1961”

Joana Passos, Universidade do Minho.  “Cozinha à critica literária.  O percurso das letras indo-portuguesas no feminino”

Session 3 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm)-Performing Migrations

Moderator: Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  “Cor do pecado no More: Whitening the Baiana on the Great White Way”

Derek Pardue, Washington University.  “Crioulo Rap As a Provocative Postcolonial Discourse”

Luísa Roubaud, Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa.  “To Dance amidst the Ruins: Emergent Urban Theatre Dance in Lusophone Africa”

Plenary Session (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Moderator: Steve J. Stern, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ronaldo Vainfas, Universidade Federal Fluminense.  “Herança ibérica e multiculturalismo na historiografia brasileira”

Dinner (8:00 pm)  Samba Brazilian Grill, 240 West Gilman St.

Saturday, Sept. 6:

Session 4 (9:00 am – 10:30 am)-Postcolonial Theory and the Lusophone World

Moderator: Aliko Songolo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luís Madureira, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  “Genocide, or, the Predicament of Colonial Rule”

Fernando Arenas, University of Minnesota.  “Situating (Lusophone) Africa within the Global and the Postcolonial”

Elena Brugioni, Universidade do Minho.  “Entre práticas e teorias.  Propostas literárias pós-coloniais e formulações teóricas”

Plenary Session (11:00 am -12:00 pm)

Moderator: Luís Madureira, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ómar Ribeiro Thomaz, Universidade de São Paulo-Campinas. “Êxodo, fuga, expulsão ou retorno: os dias do fim das comunidades de origem européia e asiática de Moçambique”

Box Lunch

Session 5 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)-Language, Insularity, and Identity

Moderator: Christina McMahon, University of California-Santa Barbara

Anthony Soares, Queens University, Belfast. “Divided Unity-Past and Present: Timorese History in the Novels of Luís Cardoso”

Leonor Simas-Almeida, Brown University.  “The ‘Reality’ of A Ilha Fantástica, through the Filter of Emotions, or the Role of Emotion in the Fancying of an Island”

João Rosa, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. “Democracy, Education and Linguistic Realities: Rupturing Boundaries of Movement”

Session 6 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm)-War, Memory, and the Nation in Angola and Mozambique

Moderator: Severino J. Albuquerque, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Isabel Caldeira, Universidade de Coimbra.  “In Search of an Identity: Tradition and Modernity in the Angolan Contemporary Novel”

Maria Tavares, University of Manchester.  “A State without a Nation: Reading Paulina Chiziane’s Rewriting of the Nation’s Utopia in Ventos do Apocalipse

Rebecca Jones-Kellogg, U.S. Miltary Academy.  “Sites of Memory/Memories of War: A Socio-Literary Approach to the Military Past and Present in Nampula, Mozambique”

Closing Remarks (4:45 pm – 5:15 pm)-Ambassador João Almino, Consul General of Brazil, Chicago

Buisness meeting (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in the Pyle Center, Room 213

Conference Sponsors:

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Division of International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Consulate General of Brazil, Chicago

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luso-Brazilian Review

Global Studies

Organizing Committee:

Ellen W. Sapega

Luís Madureira

Severino J. Albuquerque

Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez

Denise Saive, assistant to the Organizing Committee