Presentation with Fernando Arenas: Lisbon Stories: Migration, Citizenship, and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema and Literature
||12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
||Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
||This lecture focuses primarily on the experiences of Brazilian migrants in Portugal since the economic boom of the 1990s to the economic crisis of the early 21st century, as they are the object of symbolic representation in film and literature. The analysis will center on several Brazilian texts: Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ film Terra estrangeira (Foreign Land) (1995), Luiz Ruffato’s novel Estive em Lisboa e lembrei de você (I Went to Lisbon and Thought of You) (2009), and Sérgio Tréfaut’s film Viagem a Portugal (Voyage to Portugal) (2011), while critically exploring the dynamics of intercultural relations, identity, community, and citizenship.
Fernando Arenas is a Professor of Lusophone Studies (including Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa) at the University of Michigan with a dual appointment in the departments of Afro-American and African Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures. His work centers on cultural expressions such as literature, film, and popular music, which he studies through an interdisciplinary and theoretical prism centering on the dyad of post-colonialism and globalization. He is the author of Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) (forthcoming in Portuguese, África lusófona: além da independência (Almedina)) and Utopias of Otherness: Nationhood and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). He is also co-editor, together with Susan C. Quinlan, of Lusosex: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). His current research focuses on migratory flows throughout the Portuguese-speaking world and dynamics of intercultural relations, identity, community and citizenship.
||Department of Spanish & Portuguese, LAII
||This event is free and open to the public.