International Conference_Queering Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies
1-2 June 2018
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto
On June 1st and 2nd, 2018, the 4th edition of the Queering International Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies Colloquium will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. This colloquium aims to promote “queer” readings of works of authorship and canonical artists, as well as to recover authors considered “minor” or marginal in the scope of Portuguese, Brazilian and African literature in the Portuguese cultural expression, of any historical period.
“Queer” will be understood as a useful theoretical tool to debate what escapes the symbolic and social norm, which resists categorization, cultural homogenization, normativity and, in particular, heteronormativity – what Monique Wittig called “Straight Thinking”.
Thus, the present papers will explore the literature or visual arts of Portuguese expression from a theoretical and epistemological perspective centered on the destabilization of the notions of gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as in the deconstruction of the binomial man/woman, nature/culture , sex/gender, hetero/homo, normal/abnormal and public/private. We will try debate the multiple differences generated by categories such as sex, gender, race and ethnicity, which are particularly rooted in the social and cultural practices of our societies.
Working areas proposed:
• Queer bodies, performance and performativity
• “Gender Trouble” in literature, film, theater and visual arts
• Queer readings of literary texts and artistic objects
• Literature and homosexual desire
• Activism and queer artivism
• Queer utopias and spaces of resistance
• Deconstruction of social roles and new sexual identities
• Cyborgs and monsters: hybrids
> KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Miguel Vale de Almeida is Associate Professor with Tenure and Director of the Anthropology Department at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-UL), where he coordinates and teaches subjects like Multiculturalism, Human Rights and Citizenship, Colonialism and Postcolonialism. He was a visiting Professor in Jerusalem and Chicago. He researches themes such as identities, racial and ethnic discrimination, creolization, same-sex marriage, gender and sexuality. Among his wide list of publications we highlight articles and book chapters like “O corpo na teoria antropológica” [The body in anthopology theory] (2004), and “Cronologia dos Movimentos LGBT em Portugal” [Timeline of the LGBT movements in Portugal] (2017). He has also published several books, such as The Hegemonic Male. Masculinities in a Portuguese Town(1996), An Earth-Colored Sea. ‘Race’, Culture and the Politics of Identity in the Post-Colonial Portuguese-Speaking World(2004) and A Chave do Armário[The Key to the Closet] (2009).
Besides his academic activities, Miguel Vale de Almeida is known for his LGBT+ activism. He was elected as a Member of the Portuguese Parliament in 2009, and participated in the approval of same-sex marriage. He has written opinion articles for the national press and keeps his blog active. More recently, he has become a political commentator on television (channel RTP3, Program “360º”) where he discusses current affairs weekly.
Sam Bourcier is Associate Professor at the University of Lille. He teaches subjects such as Cultural Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Media, Minorities and Television. He was a visiting Professor at the New York University and at Santa Catarina and Salvador Universities in Brazil, among others. He is a renowned Queer activist and theorist. He researches themes like feminism, transfeminism, Queer and gender theories, sexual subcultures, post-pornography and postcolonialism. He is largely responsible for the introduction of Queer Theory in France with the translation of Monique Wittig, Teresa de Lauretis and Paul B. Preciado, whom he has worked with. He wrote the seminal trilogy Queer Zones: Queer Zones 1, Politique des identités sexuelles et des savoirs(2001), Queer Zones 2, Sexpolitiques, (Sexopolicies) (2005) and Queer Zones 3, Identités, Cultures Politiques (Identities, Cultures, Policies) (2011). He has recently published Homo INC.OPORATED: The Triangle and the farting Unicorn (2017). In 1996, he founded the Zoo seminars with a collective of theorists and activists, who aimed to introduce Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies in France. Besides his academic activity, he participates in other projects. In 2005, he received funding from the Centre of National Cinematography in France to co-direct a documentary entitled “Mutantes” about pro-sex American feminism, of which he was a co-author. He was a columnist and reporter for Bang Bang, a magazine about gender, and co-anchored the programme “Élevons le débat” on Pink TV.
Programme Queering Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies
Ana Luísa Amaral (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Alexandra Moreira da Silva (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, France)
Marinela Freitas (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Marta Correia (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Fernando Curopos (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
Maria Araújo da Silva (Université Paris-Sorbonne, France)
Chatarina Edfeldt (Dalarna University, Sweden)
Anna Klobucka (UMass, Dartmouth, USA)
Alda Lentina (Dalarna University, Sweden)
Paulo Pepe (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK)