Burghard Baltrusch is the International José Saramago Chair at the University of Vigo where he teaches Lusophone Studies, and coordinates the research group BiFeGa and the Interuniversitary Doctoral Programme in Literary Studies. He is also a member of the research group Intermedialidades at the Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa of the University of Porto. His research focusses on Fernando Pessoa, José Saramago, contemporary poetry and translation theory. Currently, he coordinates the research project “Contemporary Poetry and Politics – Social Conflicts and Poetic Dialogisms” (POEPOLIT II, PID2019-105709RB-I00). He has been president of the Internacional Association of Galician Studies (AIEG) and coordinated several doctoral programmes and international conferences. Some of his published or edited volumes are Bewußtsein und Erzählungen der Moderne im Werk Fernando Pessoas (1997), Kritisches Lexikon der Romanischen Gegenwartsliteraturen (5 vols., with W.-D. Lange et al., 1999), Non-Lyric Discourses in Contemporary Poetry (with I. Lourido, 2012), Lupe Gómez: libre e estranxeira – Estudos e traducións (2013), “O que transformou o mundo é a necessidade e não a utopia” – Estudos sobre utopia e ficção em José Saramago (2014) and Poesia e Política na Actualidade – Aproximações teóricas e práticas (2021).