Literatura e Outras Artes Contemporâneas de Alexandre O'Neill
10-11 dezembro 2018 | Universidade Católica Portuguesa & Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

O poema "Rua André Breton" (Entre a Cortina e a Vidraça, 1972), de Alexandre O’Neill, pode ser lido como súmula perspicaz da história da literatura de uma parte significativa do século XX português. O’Neill convoca para o poema os dois movimentos literários que marcaram, de forma determinante e transgressora, o panorama nacional, a partir da década de 30 do século XX: o Neorrealismo (a que alude no verso "A imitação do isto, a gangazul, a variz da varina") e o Surrealismo (vincando-se desde logo a dissidência e a mobilidade como marcas identitárias do movimento: "A rua André Breton está sempre a mudar de rua.")

Tendo em conta a figura de Alexandre O’Neill e do lugar que este tem no panorama literário do século XX português, pretende-se que este colóquio abra a oportunidade de revisitar alargadamente os objetos, práticas e conceitos que, contemporâneos de O’Neill, formaram o espaço cultural português do segundo e terceiro quartéis do século passado, na literatura, nas artes visuais e performativas, no cinema, na música e na crítica.

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VIII Graduate Conference in Culture Studies
6–7 December 2018 | Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Lisbon
Deadline for submissions: 15 June 2018

We call for papers for the 8th Graduate Conference in Culture Studies. This edition will be on the theme of “Replacement and Replaceability in Contemporary Culture” and takes place in Lisbon on the 6th and 7th of December 2018. The conference is organized by The Lisbon Consortium in conjunction with the Research Centre for Communication and Culture at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

We aim to discuss the ways in which the concept of ‘replacement’ can be understood and productively used for the study of contemporary culture. Replacement has been one of the central concepts in the study of culture for quite some time, and, at the risk of overstating this claim, one could say that replacement is a concern in all fields of knowledge dealing with the study of culture today. It is, however, rarely the central focus in academic discussion and this event aims to contribute to a more detailed analysis of the uses, misuses, and usefulness of this particular concept for the study of cultural objects.

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22-23 November 2018 | Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
Deadline for submissions: 27 June 2018

The 3rd Symposium on Literary Translation and Contemporary Iberia aims at bringing together scholars and researchers in the field of Translation Studies (and related areas) working with the Iberian languages. Following the two previous events organized at University College Cork (2016) and Dublin City University (2017), the third edition of the Symposium will reflect upon the relationship between different dynamics of power and movements/gestures of translation in the Iberian Peninsula throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. As a starting point for the debate, we propose the topic “Translation, politics and power”.

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5-6 November 2018 | Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon
Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2018

In 2018 we celebrate events which took place two hundred years ago: the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Brontë. While the two events are markedly different, as the former is a tangible work of art and the latter more of a promise of what was to come, both have contributed to challenge and change the conceptions and perceptions of the time, thus performing a silent, subtle revolution in the world of letters.

Shelley and Brontë are mostly famous for one novel each, but these novels have helped shape Western imagination and literature, as they arguably ‘disclose uncommon powers of poetic imagination’, as Walter Scott said a propos Shelley’s oeuvre [Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 2 (March 1818)].

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Media and Populism
Lisbon, January 15-19, 2019
Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2018

The 1st Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication will take a comparative and global approach to the study of media and populism across time. Jointly organized by the Faculty of Human Sciences (Catholic University of Portugal), the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania), the Faculty of Communication Sciences (University of Tampere), and the School of Journalism and Communication (Chinese University of Hong Kong), it aims to uncover what is familiar and distinctive about manifestations of populism around the globe.

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Lisbon, 11-12 October 2018
Deadline for submissions: 9 March 2018

Throughout history, but particularly from the 1800s onwards, translation has played a pivotal, though often silent, role in the increasingly pressing goal of promoting literacy and the ideal of ‘universal education’. In the 19th and early 20th centuries serialized translations in newspapers, as well as inexpensive collections of translated works were often used both as a means of educating the masses and of increasing sales. Thus, translation has been instrumental in both the rise in literacy and the growth of capitalism. Resorting to translation was often an ambiguous means, both progressive and conservative in nature, of enhancing literacy, on the one hand, and of producing and disseminating pulp literature among the uneducated masses on the other, thus actively seeking to preserve the status quo in the fast-changing world of industrialization.

It could be argued that translation and literacy have always shared a common goal: that of striving to acquaint with unfamiliarity and difference, with a surplus of meaning and information, of molding citizens out of subjects by providing them with the ability to make informed choices in religion, politics, and culture are concerned, and, thereby, to expand their worldview, making it broader and more inclusive.

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Lisbon, July 2-7, 2018

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2018

The Summer School for the Study of Culture, the yearly seminar for doctoral students in the critical humanities and cultural analysis, will in 2018 inspect the contentious realm of cyber, as it performs the fluid and the solid, the evanescence of the cloud and the heavy materiality of technology, the fear of war and the brave world of global information, surveillance and security, the right of inspection and the obfuscation of knowledge. Under the conditions of modernity 4.0, the prefix cyber seems to have become the point of entry for a new narrative of experience. One that draws on a technological unconscious to reboot modes of conviviality, modes of knowledge production, the organization of society, the very definition of democracy, the idea of the human. Coined by mathematician Norbert Wiener, the term cybernetics referred to the science of autonomous machines, that could both adapt their behavior and learn. Cybernetics developed out of a system structured upon coding models. The infrastructure of the new autonomous machines was helpless without the incision, the graphing of the software that would effectively bring them to life.

The Summer School brings together cyber with cipher in order to discuss the manifold incisions that write the machine into life and the strategies that users need to read them back. As Jacques Derrida famously claimed, writing always connotes an element of fracture, of removal from ‘the real’ context. Writing bears the signature of a physical absence – of the subject and of the context – and articulates a moment of rupture, enacted as a counter act or as a mode of dissent under the very act of writing. As our social and cultural experience is being increasingly shaped, written over and redone by the cyber world, it is also here in the utopian drive for perfectioning the human that the hope of resistance before the oblique powers of modernity may lie.

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Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2015

Over the last two decades, feminist scholarship has consistently drawn attention to the “post-feminist sensibility” (Gill, 2007) overtaking cultural imagination, wherein feminism is only alluded to “in order that it can be understood as having passed away” (McRobbie, 2011). Deemed responsible for disavowing feminist politics and for encouraging a disidentification with feminist struggles on the part of (younger) women, this postfeminist turn shifted attention to individual success, financial satisfaction and heterosexual realization, ousting the plurality of feminist subjectivities.

Recently, however, feminism seems to have reentered the sphere of public awareness, both in political discourse and popular culture. As McRobbie put it, “in endless conjuring up a demon that must be extinguished (in this case feminism), that demon demonstrates something of its lingering afterlife and its ghostly power” (2011: 183). Phenomena such as Beyoncé’s appropriation of Chimamanda Adichie’s talk “We Should All be Feminists”; Emma Watson’s speech at the UN Women HeforShe campaign launch, in which she urged men to stand up for women’s rights; several Hollywood actresses coming forward to denounce the gender pay gap and other inequalities in the film business; Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In on the work-family balance; the controversial success of Lena Dunham’s Girls on HBO, among many other instances, have not only contributed to a renewed visibility of feminism in social life, but also to bring forth the new contradictions and challenges (radical) feminism is facing today.

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