Graça Capinha

Graça Capinha is Associate Professor in the Departament of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (DLLC), Section of Anglo-American Studies, at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra (FLUC). She is also a researcher at the interdisciplinary Research Centre for Social Studies (CES). With a PhD in American Literature by the University of Coimbra, she was the Director of the Institute for American Studies, a member of the Coordinating Board of the Scientific Committee of FLUC and of the Scientific Committee of DLLC. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of CES, and she has co-organized and co-chaired different inter- and transdisciplinary 3 rd. Cycle (PhD.) Programs. Along the years, she has taught diverse undergraduate as well as graduate courses on English and American literature, contemporary poetry and poetics, and creative writing. She was head researcher of the collective research projects on “New Poetics of Resistance: the 21st Century in Portugal” (FCT/CES-2011) and on “Emigration and Identity” (JNICT/CES-1997). She was also a member of several research teams of other research projects on poetry/poetics and emigration, both in and out of Portugal. From 1991 to 1999, she took part in the Poetics Program of the State University of New York (SUNY at Buffalo, USA), where she had a chance to meet and work with some authors of the L=A=N=G=U=A=GE School. From 2001 to 2002, she she was involved in the teaching of poetics in intensive music courses at the experimental Centre for the Study of Arts at Belgais, directed by Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires. A co-organizer of FLUC’s “International Meetings of Poets” (1992-5-8-2001-4-7-10), she was also the main responsible for the creation of FLUC’s Program “Poets in Residence”, a program that she coordinates since 2007. She was Editor of the poetry magazine “Oficina de Poesia. Revista da Palavra e da Imagem” (“Poetry Workshop. A magazine of words and images”) (1997-2013 and she co-edits the series “Literature and Arts” of the Collection CES/Almedina. Her interests and publications focus on contemporary poetics (mainly Portuguese and American), and their relation to social and political issues, such as que questions of identity and emigration.

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