LusoSphere Seminar

MARCH 19, 2018
University of Pittsburgh

Nine countries from all around the world have Portuguese as an official language, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is also one of the official languages in Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Therefore, this seminar aims to explore the amazing diversity of culture and history in the Lusosphere. We will celebrate cultures, identities, and the many voices of the Portuguese-speaking world. The possibility of discussing the meanings of the Portuguese language in its diversity of sociolinguistic and cultural contexts is a way to promote intercultural dialogue for joint and meaningful construction of knowledge.

The goal is to create an environment where specialists can share the results of their research, along with undergraduate/graduate students who will have the chance to share their ideas about cultural practices, products, and perspectives in Portuguese. From a variety of perspectives, we intend to incorporate new avenues, new theoretical and methodological paradigms, and new advancements in the areas of language, literature, culture, and education. By contributing their work to the seminar these participants will serve to expand Lusophone interculturality.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to communicate informed views and suggestions to an audience seeking to gain new insights into the cultures of the Lusosphere. Attendees will be inspired to learn (or expand their knowledge of) Portuguese language and Lusophone communities. We aim to learn more about this exciting area, exchange stories of success and failure, socialize, and start new collaborations. The objectives of this conference are to put side-by-side scientific investigations and professional experiences, and to revisit cultural production in general in the Lusophone world. We also hope that this event will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and help their students to succeed in their language learning process. This event offers insight into the current state of Portuguese language teaching practices and language teaching perceptions through the dialogue between students and educators.

The first edition of this conference occurred March 22, 2017 and gathered undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh as well as members of the community. We expect to expand this venue and reach a larger audience in the following events. The keynote speaker, Luis Gonçalves, from Princeton University presented a lecturer entitled “Defiant Voices in Mia Couto’s work: Carving a Space for Tradition in Contemporary Mozambique”. It was a great opportunity to become familiar with the diversity of the Lusosphere both linguistically and culturally.

 We invite submissions of abstracts that approach the conference theme from a broad range of interests, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  1. Language acquisition and learning/ Heritage Language Learners
  2. Language and Culture
  3. Intercultural Education
  4. Language and Politics/Law
  5. Language, Power, and Ideology
  6. Language Program Evaluation
  7. Innovation in language teaching and learning
  8. Teacher Education (collaborations and practices)
  9. Teaching Methodology
  10. Curriculum Development
  11. Language Testing and Assessment
  12. Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Teacher Education
  13. Translation and Interpreting
  14. Discourse/Text Analyses, Conversation Analysis
  15. Rhetoric, Literary Linguistics, Translation Studies
  16. Literature and Other Arts
  17. Literature and History
  18. Contemporary and/or Classical Literature
  19. Lusophone Music
  20. Religion and Politics in the Lusophone world
  21. Health and social welfare in Lusophone countries
  22. Women in the Lusophone World
  23. Economy, Politics, and History of Lusophone countries
  24. Lusophone Cinema
  25. Ecology, Nature, and Environment in the Lusophone world

Deadline for submission: February 28, 2018