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Colloquium ACT 29: Literatures and cultures in Portugal and Hispanic America

Kindly supported by: Casa da América Latina, Instituto Cervantes de Lisboa, the Embassy of Argentina.

12 Apr 2013 - 9:30 – 18:00

Auditorium 3 & Room 1 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

Free admission

The Colloquium ACT 29 – Literatures and Cultures in Portugal and Hispanic America: New Perspectives in Dialogue offers a platform for discovering and debating common issues in the literatures and cultural production of the 20th and 21st centuries in the Portuguese and Hispano-American worlds. Without losing sight of the diverse contents and contexts contemplated over time by the artistic output of these worlds, the focus here will be on particular thematic areas which emerge as especially relevant from this combined perspective on literatures and cultures in Portugal and Hispanic America.

encontro no lago titicaca (Peru), 2009 - by luis lander

Literatures and Cultures in Portugal and Hispanic America: New Perspectives in Dialogue

11 April (Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) 12 April (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)

Organized by: Projeto DIIA – Diálogos Ibéricos e Ibero-Americanos / Centre for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Letters (University of Lisbon), in collaboration with Gulbenkian Next Future Programme.



11 April - Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon


09:30             Opening session (Lecture Hall 3)

09:45-10:45    Opening Lecture

HORÁCIO COSTA (University of São Paulo)

Considerations on a bargueño


11:15-13:00    Parallel sessions (Lecture Hall 3, rooms 5.2. and 2.13)

Panel 1: Life on the edge and cross-border identities

Panel 2: Gender writings and identities

Panel 3: Borgesian dialogues




14:30-16:00    Parallel sessions (Lecture Hall 3, rooms 5.2. and 2.13)

Panel 4: Memory and representations of History

Panel 5: Metafiction and self-referentiality

Panel 6: Re-readings and confluences


16:30-17:30    Plenary lecture (Lecture Hall 3)

MARÍA-ROSA OLIVERA-WILLIAMS (University of Notre Dame)

Tango: el deseo de pertenecer


17:30-18:00    Port Wine Reception kindly offered by the Embassy of Argentina


18:00-19:30    Round table with the writers



12 April - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


09:30-11:00    Parallel sessions (Auditorium 3 and room 1)

Panel 7: Space, representation and performance

Panel 8: Subjectivities and national identities


11:30-12:45    Plenary lecture (Auditorium 3)

JORGE FORNET (Casa de las Américas, Cuba)

(Algo de) Utopía y (mucho de) desencanto en la reciente narrativa hispanoamericana




14:30-16:00    Parallel sessions (Auditorium 3 and room 1)

Panel 9: Dictatorship, censorship and memory

Panel 10: Peripheral modernities


16:30-17:45    Plenary lecture (Auditorium 3)


Escribir en la crisis: literatura y presente


17:45-18:00 Closing Session





Graduated in Romance Literature and Culture, has worked as a secondary school teacher and currently devotes herself to translation and writing. Recently awarded the 2013 Vergílio Ferreira Prize and the 2013 Correntes d´Escritas Litererary Prize (Casino da Póvoa), she is one of the leading names in contemporary Portuguese literature.


Brazilian poet, translator, literary critic and university lecturer. With more than ten volumes of poetry published, his work has been translated into several languages. He concluded his doctorate at Yale on José Saramago. Formerly professor at the Universidade Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM (1987–2001), he currently teaches at the University of São Paulo (USP). He was chairman of the Brazilian LGBT Studies Association-ABEH (2006-8) and organized the book containing essays from the 6th ABEH conference, published in 2010.


Graduated in Language and Literature from the University of Havana, he concluded his master's and doctorate in Hispanic Literature at El Colegio de México. He has been director of the Literature Research Centre at the Casa de las Américas. He was awarded a research bursary by the Latin American Studies Center, at the University of Maryland. He won the 2006 Aleja Carpentier Essay Prize. His work has been published in journals and he is author of several books.


Writer and journalist. He was exiled in Mexico from 1976 to 1984. Founder and director of the magazine Puro Cuento (1986-1992). Awarded the 1993 International Rómulo Gallegos Prize and the 2007 Pregonero de Honor Prize. Received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Poitiers, France (2007) as well as other literary distinctions in America and Europe. Member of the Advisory Board to the Buenos Aires Province Memory Commission, and from 2005 to 2007 sat on the Board of Directors of the Poder Ciudadano Foundation. In 1996 he donated his personal library of 10,000 volumes to set up the Mempo Giardinelli Foundation (Chaco).


Associate Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.), where she is also Faculty Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. PhD in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from Ohio State University. She recently received the J. William Fulbright Research Award (2011-2012) for the book she is preparing on tango and modernization in Rio da Prata.    


Writer, born in Lima (1975), has lived in Mexico, Peru and Spain. Currently lives in Barcelona. The youngest writer to have won the Premio Alfaguara de Novela. His books have been translated into more than ten languages. He has written novels, films and television scripts and children's books, as well as working as a literary translator. He contributes to the RNE radio station, to El País and other media publications in Latin America and Europe.


Writer, born in Havana (1969), has lived in Rome and Paris and currently lives in Lisbon. She has published novels and books of short stories. Her work has been translated into several languages. Two of her short stories have been adapted for Cuban television and another for the theatre. In 2012 she received a writer's bursary from the Centre National du Livre, in France. She has taught on writing courses in Italy, France and Porto Rico. In 2007 she was selected as one of the 39 young writers most representative of Latin America. In Lisbon she coordinates the reading club at the Instituto Cervantes.