Call for Papers

Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and Comparative Perspectives: An International Conference

July 25-27, 2013

Indianapolis, IN, USA


Exploring the Portuguese Diaspora in InterDISCIPLINARY and Comparative Perspectives: An International Conference proposes to create a forum that will permit scholars to engage in a cross-national and cross-disciplinary dialogue on the Portuguese diaspora. All comparative and interdisciplinary forms of the Portuguese-speaking diaspora (Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe) will be considered: sociological, economic, political, literary, linguistic, historical, cultural, and others. Possible themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Diaspora theory and the Portuguese “diaspora”
  • Historical trends and aspects of the Portuguese diaspora
  • Portuguese Jewish Diaspora
  • The geography of the Portuguese diaspora by countries and continents
  • Diasporas and home country socio-cultural, political, and economic interactions
  • Diasporas, globalization, and international/transnational relations
  • Return migrations, new transits and new migrations, transnational identity formation
  • Diasporas in the digital age
  • The media and the diaspora
  • Demographic, social, educational, economic, and political trends in diaspora communities
  • Socioeconomic, political, cultural and psychological integration across the generations in immigrant receiving societies.
  • Diaspora and intercultural patterns
  • Gender issues in the diaspora
  • Cultural, artistic, literary, and linguistic trends in the diaspora
  • Material culture (e.g.: artifacts, monuments, letters) and non-material culture (religion, values, norms, feasts, folklore, traditions, music)
  • Identity formation processes, family structures, and psychological aspects of migrations and diasporas
  • Diaspora and children: language, emotion, and identity
  • Writing the diaspora
  • Language in contact with other languages, language change and variation; notions of bilingualism and multilingualism; the ancestral language across the generations
  • Oral vs. written narratives: Portuguese migrant stories (life stories and other narratives)
  • Identity and collective memory discourse; autobiography
  • Linguistic issues and gender
  • Context and culture in language learning
  • Speech community and representation of discourse
  • Translation
  • Diaspora and creative writing
  • Comparative diaspora studies
  • Other aspects of the Portuguese diaspora

Proposals must be submitted via the online system at the conference link; or you may send them to

Papers (20 minutes) may be presented in any of the following languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. A selection of the papers presented will be published in a refereed volume.

Any questions may be directed to