Activities organised by ILC in 2017

 

NOTE: To access the information related to our 2017 publications, access the sections dedicated to the several journals (Cadernos de Literatura ComparadaeLyra and ESC:ALA), series (Estudos de Literatura Comparada, CygnusPulsarCassiopeia and Libretos) and other publications (co)edited by ILC.

 

National and International Conferences

 

Intersexuality. Crossing Bodies, Crossing Borders

Type of Event: International Colloquium
Dates: 23-25 March 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

The Intersexuality International Congress: Crossing Bodies, Crossing Borders, was held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of  Porto and the Serralves Foundation, in partnership with the Porto City Council. The purpose of this event was to promote a critical reflection on bodies, sexual politics and power relations in a broad transnational space, based on the perspectives provided by contemporary theories on gender, sex and sexuality.

The ways in which literature, the arts and the sciences, aside from the various instances of normativity, allow us to question, deconstruct and re-imagine identities – gender, sexual, ethnic and racial, national and transnational, etc. – and ethics of their own, challenging the hierarchy and the cataloging developed in the Western world.

This congress is especially interested in receiving interdisciplinary approaches that, from Feminist Studies, Gender Studies and Queer Theory, in articulation with areas such as Medicine, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Theoretical Physics or other areas can open a privileged space to discuss the politics of inclusion and ideas of communities (social, literary and scientific) in the 21st century.

Webpage: http://intersexualidades.ilcml.com/pt/

Organization
Ana Luísa Amaral
Adilia Carvalho
Fernando Beleza
Marinela Freitas
Lurdes Gonçalves

 

Literary spaces and Critical Territories

Type of Event: International Colloquium
Date: 29, 30 June & 1 July 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

The theoretical reorientation of literary studies towards their renewed rapprochement with the ‘real’, later identified by some as the ‘spatial turn’ (Soja, 1989) begins to be drawn in the theoretical-literary landscape from the mid-twentieth century , at a time when reference theorists in the structuralist field give wide space of their reflection to the relationship between “literature and reality”, with the aim of denouncing, insistently, any “referential illusion” (Barthes et al., 1982) and of remitting literary space to its intratextual specularity (Dällenbach, 1977).

It is indisputable, however, that the relationship between man and the world has always been one of the preponderant themes of the history of literature, stimulated, from the 14th and 15th centuries, by the journeys that mark the turning point of modernity (Westphal, 2011), by the own practice and writing of “travelers” writers throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and consequent rise of “travel literature” to the category of literary genre.

Today we see changes in paradigm, in which new literary territorialities are designed, in which the frontiers between reality and fiction are questioned (Lavocat, 2016) and new forms of approach to literary space are born.

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Organization
Ana Paula Coutinho
Gonçalo Vilas-Boas
José Domingues de Almeida
Maria Hermínia Laurel
Maria de Fátima Outeirinho

 

Digital Humanities: the infinite potential of Humanities in digital era

Type of Event: Scientific Conference
Date: 27 November 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

But if it’s true that various conjunctures and plural frameworks of research have progressively mobilized and fostered openings in the most varied scientific domains and in the approaches to different problems, these convergences (Ceserani, 2010), or only discursive contaminations, have sometimes led to intellectual impostures (Bricmont and Sokal, 1997) which in no way contribute to the credibility of the Humanities, particularly Literary Studies.

For that reason, seems to us fundamental continue to reflect about the processes and consequences of epistemological interaction. Now, increasingly in the light of the digital revolution, as a promoter of the formation of a particular field – Digital Humanities field –  where creation, valorization, diffusion, conservation, exchange, sharing and the intersection of knowledge become keywords.

It will not be by chance that in 2010, the THATCamp (“The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot”), drafted a manifest (Manifest of Digital Humanities), which they call for the integration of digital culture into the definition of general culture of the 21st century, and they proposed a definition of Digital Humanities based on three vectors:

  1. Le tournant numérique pris par la société modifie et interroge les conditions de production et de diffusion des savoirs.
  2. Pour nous, lesdigital humanitiesconcernent l’ensemble des Sciences humaines et sociales, des Arts et des Lettres. Les digital humanities ne font pas table rase du passé. Elles s’appuient, au contraire, sur l’ensemble des paradigmes, savoir-faire et connaissances propres à ces disciplines, tout en mobilisant les outils et les perspectives singulières du champ du numérique.
  3. Les digital humanities désignent une transdiscipline, porteuse des méthodes, des dispositifs et des perspectives heuristiques liés au numérique dans le domaine des Sciences humaines et sociales.

Despite the exponential development of research around the Web, it’s possible to find a big lack of knowledge, a sense of suspicion, or even, a devaluation of the digital that justifies a particular attention to this omnipresent phenomenon in our daily life.

It’s in this sense that various colloquiums, publications and projects have tried to account for points of contact and intersection between the Humanities and other seemingly distant domains of knowledge (medicine, neuroscience, law, architecture. physics, etc.) a sign that Humanities, when inscribed in the dynamics of digital and transdisciplinary synergy, legitimately integrate the complex and multidisciplinary epistemological construction of the future.

  1. Digital Humanities: definition and challenges;
  2. Digital Humanities: case studies and fields of application (namely in the areas of literature and literary studies);
  3. Digital Humanities and frontiers of knowledge (intersections between Humanities and other scientific disciplines);
  4. Approaches relating to the scope and impact of the Humanities on scientific practices and knowledge;
  5. Digital Humanities and ethical turning: challenges of inclusion.

 


Organization

Ana Paula Coutinho
José Domingues de Almeida
Maria de Fátima Outeirinho

 

 

Seminários Abertos

What is José Matias looking for? What is the last Eça looking for?

 

Lecturer: Isabel Pires de Lima (Univ. Porto – ILC)
Date: 11 January 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

 

 

Internationalization of knowledge and Lusophone. The case of scientific repositories with open access

 

Lecturer: Moisés Lemos Martins (Univ. Minho)
Date: 16 February 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

Guerrilha Samba

 

Lecturer: Luca Argel (ILC)
Date: 20 February 2017
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

 

 

 

Gendering Translation: the strange case of Isabelle Eberhardt

Lecturer: Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff University)
Date: 10 March 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

End of The World Seminar IV.1

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What is the end of the world? A universal judgment of humanity? A global, imminent, man-made catastrophe? The allegory of a world that has lost it’s (meta) narratives, without truth and without destiny, after Auschwitz and Sarajevo? The pretext for the seduction of the spectacle, between catastrophe films and a delightful imagery of destruction? Or the confrontation of each one with his own death? Why are we fascinated and terrified by this age-old theme, never solved – and what do we gain by exploiting our own terror?
To study the human imaginary, the ILC organize a new series of open seminars, at the equinoxes and solstice of 2016.

Lecturers: Belmiro Fernandes Pereira, Daniel Floquet and Susana Correia
Date: 17 March 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Total Training. Poetry and Multimedia Art in Galicia from Antón Reixa

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Since his participation in the Vigo avant-garde group Rompente (1975-1983), Antón Reixa (* 1957) has been one of the most versatile representatives of poetry, video art and performance in Galicia. But he was also a lyricist and vocalist for the longtime rock group “Os Resentidos” (1982-94), creator and moderator of the legendary program “Galicia Sitio Distinto” (TVG, 1990-91), producer of the first Galician telenovela “Mareas vivas” (1998) and also director of the cinematographic adaptation of the novel “The pencil of the carpenter” (1999) from Manuel Rivas.
Lately, both the great exhibition “Leccións de cousas” (2011) at the Galician Contemporary Art Center and the homonymous poetry book have culminated, so far, in one of the most important multimedia works in the cultural panorama of Galicia, post-Franco dictatorship. The seminar aims to introduce a series of paradigmatic aspects of Reixa’s poetry and multimedia work. A brief contextualization will be offered in relation to the history of a minority culture, the formation of its identity and the literature of the 20th century in Galicia. A selection of texts and videos will be analyzed, mainly from the video book “Ringo Rango” (1990), among other examples.

Lecturer: Burghard Baltrusch (Univ. Vigo /ILC)
Date: 31 March 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Newton’s Sister and Women in Science. Contexts and Paths

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In her work “A Room of One’s Own”,Virginia Woolf challenges us to follow the path of Judith Shakespeare, an imaginary twin sister of Shakespeare, as talented as her brother. Unlike William, Judith would never come to write immortal works and would soon succumb to the struggle to achieve it. Like Shakespeare’s sister, too many Newton “sisters” have been denied three fundamental conditions for remaining in the history of science: education, conditions for creating knowledge and recognition of the peers. The objective of this lecture is, through the analysis of the course of some women of science, to reflect on the conditioning imposed by the social and cultural contexts in the scientific work of women. Avoiding falling into the extremes of treating them as victims or heroines, we will look at the existence (or absence) of the conditions mentioned above in the trajectory of these women.

Lecturer: Conceição Ruivo (Univ. Coimbra / ILC)
Date: 6 April 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Alterity, ballet and self-destruction: powers of art?

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Lecturer: Rafael Santana (UFRJ)
Date: 5 May 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Ridi Pagliaccio! Or Some Operative Reviews in Raúl Brandão’s Fiction

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Lecturer: Jorge Valentim (UFSCar)
Date: 10 May 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

This seminar aims to read the novel “History of a Clown” (1986), seeking to observe the intertextual relations with the musical compositions of the time, especially the opera of Rugerro Leoncavallo, Pagliacci (1982). We aim to show how the writer of the Douro revisits the universe of Italian verism, pointing out in fictional philology other ways of overcoming, certain procedures and techniques of narrative creation, then valid in the nineteenth-century Portuguese scene. From certain possible approximations, already underlined by Mário Vieira de Carvalho (1993, 1999), between opera and fiction in the context of the nineteenth-century, we also wish to evoke the presence of Raul Brandão, as one of the Portuguese artists in this successful establishment of links and dialogues with the musical discourse.

 

The Frontiers of Knowledge: Shouldn’t the Other Speak Her Own Language?

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Lecturer: Dorothy Figueira (Univ. Georgia)
Date: 24 May 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

Using the structuring metaphor of an imaginary meeting between Walt Whitman and Jose Marti, I examine the relationship between American formulations of World Literature and Comparative Literature and investigate how each discipline ‘welcomes’ the Other. I distinguish between what a European comparatist might envision about the relationship between the two disciplines, as working together in a symbiotic relationship to engage in passive and active canon reform. The European comparatist might take a neutral attitude to the recent American marketing of World Literature. I do not see this phenomenon in neutral terms and examine the American configuration of World Literature as a political program, discussing its origins in Area Studies, its relationship to the American academic model of multiculturalism and ultimately viewing it as an institutional strategy aiding in the management of diversity on US campuses.

 

The Destiny of the Character: Life and Survival in Narrative Context

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Lecturer: Carlos Reis (Univ. Coimbra)
Date: 2 June 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Sexology, Psychoanalysis and the Sexual Policies of Portuguese Modernism

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Lecturer: Fernando Beleza (Univ. New Hampshire)
Date: 15 June 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

Recent studies have consistently shown the importance of the relationship between literature and science in the early decades of the European twentieth-century. Rejecting the notion that science and literature are two necessarily antagonistic and incompatible discourses (forged largely in the second half of the twentieth-century), critique has been exposing the way both discourses shaped each other during the modernist decades.
In particular, sexology and psychoanalysis – as differentiated and competing discourses in the scientific and cultural fields of sexuality, subjectivity, and identity – have occupied a central place in this process of constant exchanges between science and literature. This communication intends to bring relevant aspects of this debate to the context of Portuguese modernism, exposing the way as sexology and psychoanalysis have played a crucial role in defining the sexual, aesthetic and cultural policies of Portuguese (male) modernism. More concretely, I will argue that the famous refusal by Fernando Pessoa of certain elements of Freud’s psychoanalysis, namely Oedipal teleology, paradigmatically, reflects, a defense of the sexological model of Havelock Ellis and Edward Carpenter, who, on the other hand, has served as the main discourse on sexuality in Portuguese modernism, defining the aesthetic contours of his sexual policies, from the “A Confissão de Lúcio”, from Mário de Sá-Carneiro (1913), to Pessoa’s “Letter of the genesis of heteronyms” (1935).
Finally, in addition to brands on the aesthetic level, the hegemony of the sexological model of identity in Portuguese modernism also allows us to establish meaningful relationships with other European modernism that, like him, have also shared homophile positions in the context of their sexual, aesthetic and cultural policies.

The End of the World Seminars IV.2

Seminário Fim do Mudo_junho 2016

Lecturers: João Miguel Teixeira Lopes, Rui Torres and Isabel Aguiar
Date: 23 June 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

What is the end of the world? A universal judgment of humanity? A global, imminent, man-made catastrophe? The allegory of a world that has lost it’s (meta) narratives, without truth and without destiny, after Auschwitz and Sarajevo? The pretext for the seduction of the spectacle, between catastrophe films and a delightful imagery of destruction? Or the confrontation of each one with his own death? Why are we fascinated and terrified by this age-old theme, never solved – and what do we gain by exploiting our own terror?
To study the human imaginary, the ILC organize a new series of open seminars, at the equinoxes and solstice of 2016.

The Enf of the World Seminars IV.3

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Lecturers: David Pinho Barros, José Bértolo and Luís Mendonça
Date: 22 de Setembro de 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa

 

What is the end of the world? A universal judgment of humanity? A global, imminent, man-made catastrophe? The allegory of a world that has lost it’s (meta) narratives, without truth and without destiny, after Auschwitz and Sarajevo? The pretext for the seduction of the spectacle, between catastrophe films and a delightful imagery of destruction? Or the confrontation of each one with his own death? Why are we fascinated and terrified by this age-old theme, never solved – and what do we gain by exploiting our own terror?
To study the human imaginary, the ILC organize a new series of open seminars, at the equinoxes and solstice of 2016.

Minor/Small Literature

Lecturer: César Dominguez (USC)
Date: 18 October 2016
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Organization: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa