Sacredness and Profanities in Lusophone Literature

Sacredness and Profanities in Lusophone Literature

Arte Institute suggests Literature in Portuguese Language ConferenceSacredness and Profanities in Lusophone Literature”.

UMass Boston

Friday, April 22, 2016
McCormack Hall, Ryan Lounge, 3rd floor
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

9:30 am Registration | Breakfast
10:00 am Opening remarks
10:15 am Onésimo Almeida, Brown University | Introductions
12:15 pm Dialogue with the writers
1:00 pm Closing remarks followed by lunch

The Boston Portuguese Festival announces the Literature in Portuguese Language Conference 2016 entitled “Sacredness and Profanities in Lusophone Literature.” This conference aims to highlight key debates from the concepts of the construction of the Sacred and Profane in Contemporary Portuguese-speaking countries Literature. The main focus of the analysis is to reflect on what these authors in these two areas of Lusophone production may think, how they think, and ultimately how they voice theirs speech at the idea of Sacred versus Profane versus Religious in the literary canon. The main goal is to rethink and reflect on Sacred and/or Transcendent, either by their juxtaposition or simply by the contact between these writers of the various Portuguese-speaking countries.

We will be celebrating cultures, identities, and diversity in the Portuguese-speaking world by tracing the roots of the Lusophone concept and discourse.

Writers, academic researchers, scholars, teachers, students, community, and everyone who is interested in ideas and thoughts will create a memorable debate on the challenges of the Lusophone world.

Guest Writers
José Tolentino de Mendonça (Portugal)
Alexandre Vidal Porto (Brazil)

Special Guest/Moderator
Onésimo T. Almeida (Brown University)

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send your registration to José Cunha Rodrigues, via e-mail to: or, with the following information:

 – Name
 – Affiliation/Organization
 – E-mail

For more information, please feel free to contact us at (617) 615-7503.

The conference is free and open to the public. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The Boston Portuguese Festival aims at contributing to the dissemination of the Portuguese culture and heritage in the capital city of Massachusetts, combining its contributions of the past with its contemporary manifestations. Our annual program brings to the Greater Boston area a showcase of the most expressive components of Portuguese culture and present-day reality, namely in the fields of Literature, Music, Cinema, History & Current Affairs, Science & Technology and Heritage.