Final Schedule for LSA Conference

Day 1

Tuesday October 29, 2013 – 305 Founders College

(Founders College Senior Common Room)


6:30-7:00 pm

Registration and Reception (Wine and Cheese)


7:00-7:30 pm

Introductions and Welcome Addresses:

Mr. Júlio Vilela, Consul General of Portugal in Toronto

Mr. Afonso Cardoso, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada

Professor Mauro Buccheri, Master of Founders College

Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University (Introducing Keynote Speaker)


(10 min each)


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Onésimo Almeida, Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Keynote Address:

Lusofonia – On Language and What it Does and Cannot Do



(45 min)


Question and Answer Period (moderated by Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University)


Day 2

Wednesday October 30, 2013 – 021 Winters College

(Winters Senior Common Room)


9:00-9:30 am

Light Breakfast



Introductions and Welcome Addresses:

Vice-Dean Kim Michasiw, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

Master Marie Rickard, Winters College, York University


(10 min each)


Panel 1 – Brazil

Chair: Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University

Professor Simone Bohn, York University, “Building up Subnational State Capacity: Pro-Women State and Civil Society Partnership in Brazil”

Andrea Moraes, Instructor, Ryerson University, “Challenges for Water Development in Brazil”

Professor Ellie Perkins, Environmental Studies, York University, “Governance of the Commons: Brazilian Contributions”

Professor Cecilia Rocha, School of Nutrition and Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, “Building Sustainable Policy: The Institutionalization of Food and Nutrition Security in Brazil”


(15 min each)


Light Lunch



Panel 2 – Cultural Retention and Immigrant Identity

Chair: Professor Fernando Nunes, Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University

Nuno Cristo, Masters Student, Music, York University, “The Immigrant Portuguese Guitar: Destination – Ontario”

Sara Vieira, MA Student, Brock University, “You Know What I Mean?”- Luso-Canadian Mothers: Language and Cultural Retention in the Greater Toronto Area.


(15 min each)





Panel 3 – Lusophone Africa, Cape Verde and Macao

Chair: Professor Robert Kenedy, Sociology, York University

Professor Orquidea Ribeiro, “Christian Missionaries in Lusophone Africa: Cultural Exchange, Imperial Conquest and Colonization”

Marco Marinuzzi, Director of the Lusophone Studies Dept. of the Centro Studi Metapolis, “Macao as political and economic bridge between China and the Lusophone world”


(15 min each)





Panel 4 – Creative Literatures

Chair: Professor Robert Kenedy, Sociology, York University

Jose Pedro Abreu Ferreira, PhD candidate, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, “The diary of a Portuguese Pioneer: notes on history and fiction”

Professor George Bragues, University of Guelph (Humber), “Is Achieving Freedom About Making a Lot of Money? An Interpretation of Fernando Pessoa’s The Anarchist Banker

Aida Jordao, PhD candidate, University of Toronto, “Inês de Castro and Saudade in Toronto: O Projecto’s Community Play”

Veronica D. Fernandes, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “Nationalism, gender and eroticism: the role of the portuguese imperial tradition in the myth of the brazilian woman”

Patricia S. McNeill, FCT postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Social Sciences, University of Coimbra, “Brazilian Modernism as a Case Study of Alternative Modernism”


(15 min each)


Panel 5 – Language and Linguistics

Chair: Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University

Professor Manuela Marujo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto,Learning a language to discover one’s roots”

Emanuel da Silva, PhD, University of Toronto, “Mock Portuguese and young ethnic comedians challenging dominant sociolinguistic ideologies”

Daniel Riggs, Georgetown University, “Exploring L2 phonological influence and L3 hypotheses: A quantitative study of English-Spanish bilinguals’ production of L3 Portuguese”

Derek Pardue, PhD, Washington University (St. Louis), “Lusophone as Creole? Cape Verdean Kriolu and Categories of Belonging”


(15 min each)

7:15 – 8:30

Reception and Performance – Nuno Cristo


Day 3

Thursday October 31, 2013 – 305 Founders College

(Founders Senior Common Room)



Light Breakfast




Panel 1 – Angola (1)

Methodological Questions in the Angolan Past

Chair: Professor Robert Kenedy, Sociology, York University

Professor Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, University of Winnipeg, “Angolans and Other Africans in Early Modern Portugal”

Professor José C. Curto, York University, “A New Look at Benguela’s Slave Trade”

Raquel G. A. Gomes, PhD Candidate, Universidade Federal de Campinas “Codice 3256, Governo Geral de Luanda, 1854-1858, Registro de Escravos Fugidos: Problems and Possibilities”


(15 min each)






Panel 2 – Angola (2)

Aspects of Angolan Social History

Chair: Professor José C. Curto, History, York University

Maryann Buri, PhD Candidate, York University, “Towards a Social History of Burials in Angola: Benguela in the late 18th Century”

Tracy Lopes, PhD Candidate, York University, “Where Portugal Purges Her Scum: Crime, Punishment, and the Rise of a Police State in 19th Century Angola”

Vanessa S. Oliveira, PhD Candidate, York University, “Free and Enslaved Women in the Markets of Luanda (1784-1817)”

Kalle Kananoja, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Helsinki, “Popular Healers and Medical
Interventions in Eighteenth-Century Angola”



(15 min each)


Light Lunch



Panel 3 – Angola (3)

Angola from Then to Now

Chair: Professor Robert Kenedy, Sociology, York University

Frank Luce, York University” Canadian missionaries and armed struggle: the publication of Angola Awake”

Jesse Ovadia, Lecturer, Newcastle University (UK) , “Models of State-Led Development in Contemporary Angola”

John S. Saul, York University, “When Freedom Died in Angola: Alves and After”


(15 min each)



Panel 4 – Azores and its Diasporas

Chair: Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University

Professor João Leal, Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; “Holy Ghost Festas in Toronto: A General Overview”

Ilda Januário, Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “Brothers in the Crown: Organizational trends of Holy Ghost Festas in Ontario and Quebec”

Jose Mapril, visiting lecturer, Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “Azoreans or Luso-Canadians? Home, transnationalism and citizenship in Vancouver”

Derrick Mendes, Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade dos Açores, “Imigrantes Lusófonos Nos Estados Unidos Da América: Características e Tendências Recentes”

Professor Gilberta P. N. Rocha, Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade dos Açores, “Uma Analise Comparada Dos Países Lusófonos: Contributos Sociodemográficos”


(15 min each)





Panel 5 – University and Institutional Perspectives

Chair: Professor Maria João Dodman, DLLL, York University

Maria Ines Queiroz, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Lisbon, “The Camoes Institute in the construction of the Portuguese worldwide lectureships network”

Maria F. Rollo, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Lisbon, “The Camoes Institute: science, culture and Portuguese language in the twentieth century”

Professor Ana Paula Beja Horta, Centre of Studies on Migrations and Intercultural Relations/Universidade Aberta, Portugal, “Lusophony and Interculturality: New Teaching and Research Perspectives”

Pedro Martins, University of Bologna, “On Lusophony: theoretical and institutional representations”


(15 min each)


Reception and Film Launch: Azulejos. A Ceramic Utopia, Canada 2013 / 52mm. Filmed in Montreal, Portugal and Brazil A film written, produced, and directed by Professor Luís de Moura Sobral, Université de Montréal

Performance by Helder Pereira



Day 4

Friday November 1, 2013 – 021Winters College
(Winters Senior Common Room)



Light Breakfast



Panel 1 – Early Modern Portuguese History
“Searching for Revenue and Power: Portugal and the Overseas, 1448-1580”
Chair: Professor José Curto, History, York University

Professor Ivana Elbl, Trent University, ‘Money like Water’: D. Afonso V, Financial Crises, and Overseas Revenues, 1448-1474

Susannah Ferreira, University of Guelph, Alms for the King: Fundraising and Indulgences in the Age of the Portuguese Overseas Expansion (1495-1521)

Martin Malcolm Elbl, Independent Scholar/Portuguese Studies Review, Culture Shock: Portuguese Agents, Moroccan State-Builders, and Ottoman Military Professionals. A (Hyper)critical Model of Cross-Cultural Intelligence Work in the Western Maghrib, c. 1510-1580

(15 min each)





Panel 2 – Meanings of Postnational Citizenship in the Lusophone Space
Chair: Professor Robert Kenedy, Sociology, York University

Irene Viparelli, Universidade de Évora “Citoyenneté post-nationale et pouvoir constituant. En réfléchissant avec Negri et Balibar.” Paper read by Professor José António Passos Palmeira.

José Palmeira, Department of International Relations, University of Minho “ Lusophone potential role in the Atlantic security”

Silvério da Rocha-Cunha, Universidade de Évora “ Citoyenneté de l’Universel dans la pensée de Léopold Senghor: une invitation à l’utopie ?”

Isabel Estrada Carvalhais, “How postnational citizenship learns to reproduce the modern logic of multiple exclusions.”

(15 min each)


Light Lunch



Luso-Canadian Community Presentations
Chair: Professor Fernando Nunes, Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University

Student Presentations – York University Portuguese Association (YUPA)
Working Women Community Centre

TCDSB – Partners in Motion

Student Poster Session (Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Azorean Research and Studies(CCARS):
Our Azorean Grandparents, our Mentors: Intergenerational Values and Knowledge

(15 min each)





Inaugural Lusophone Studies Association Meeting



Portuguese-Canadian National Congress Meeting



Dinner at Lisbon by Night –



This conference is made possible with the generous supports of our sponsors:

 Winters College, Office of the  Master

 Founders College, Office of the Master

Brazilian Studies Seminar

Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean

Portuguese Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University

Department of History, York University

Department of Sociology, York University

Instituto Camões, Portugal

Canadian Centre for Azorean Research and Studies

Portuguese Studies Review

 Mount Saint Vicent University

Lusophone Studies Conference Video

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LSA Inaugural Conference Keynote Speaker

Onésimo T. Almeida

Onésimo T. Almeida was born in S. Miguel, Azores, in 1946, and has been living in the United States since 1972. With a PhD in Philosophy from Brown University, he is Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown, where he also teaches in the Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning. Author of two dozen books and hundreds of essays and articles, he writes regularly for Jornal de Letras and LER, two leading literary publications in Lisbon, Portugal. He is co-editor of three journals(Gávea-Brown, the e-Journal of Portuguese History, and Pessoa Plural. He was elected to the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa, as well as to the Academia da Marinha (History section).


Lusofonia – On Language and What it Does and Cannot Do

The term ‘Lusophone’ has been polemical in these days of sensitivity in our postcolonial times because, according to its critics, it still reflects a subtle form of colonialism. Such view lacks a modern understanding of how language works and what it can and cannot do. Important conceptual clarifications are needed before we can enter a constructive dialogue about the role of the Portuguese language in the nations historically affected by the presence of the Portuguese.

Message to participants regarding funding and Presentation format

Dear Participants,

Please see the messages regarding SSHRC and Presentations.

Funding for International Participants:

A number of you have asked whether there will be funding, to subsidize international participants to this conference. Unfortunately, we presently DO NOT HAVE ANY FUNDS to subsidize international participants. We have recently applied for SSHRC conference funding for this purpose; however, there is NO GUARANTEE that we will receive any financial support. In addition, please note that, in the event that our application is successful, WE WILL STILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBSIDIZE YOUR ENTIRE TRAVEL COSTS. We will only subsidize A PORTION of these costs. In addition, we will probably only be notified of the results of this application, well after the end of the event. Thus, we may only find out if we can provide you a subsidy many weeks after you return home.

If we do receive eventual funding for a portion of your travel and accommodations, please keep all original receipts, as this is a requirement for funding reimbursement (meals will be provided at the conference). A funding announcement will be made if we are successful.

In short, participants to the conference are responsible for their own expenses. However, they should keep original receipts, just in case we are able to secure funding.


There will be 15 minute presentations with time at the end of each panel for questions and discussion. A projector and computer will be available for PowerPoint presentations. Presentations should be in English, as we do want to encourage broad participation that includes non-Lusophones and students. For the purposes of possibly posting presentations, especially for those not able to attend conference, we would recommend that participants use PowerPoint. 

If you have any further questions, contact us at

All the best,

Conference Organizing Committee

Information for Conference Participants

Message to participants regarding funding and Presentation format

Maps of Keele Campus and TTC


Click here to view Friday evening menu

The Organizing Committee invites all conference presenters to join them at Lisbon by Night ( for the closing conference dinner on Friday November 1st at 7:00pm. We have been able to negotiate a special price for conference presenters of $15.00 (Canadian Dollars). You are welcome to bring a guest for an additional charge of $30.00 per person. Please confirm if you will be joining us and bringing a guest by e-mailing the LSA account ( before October 1st. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE THE CONFERENCE BY CHEQUE OR CAN BE MADE DURING REGISTRATION AT THE CONFERENCE.

Accommodation Options

On Campus: Executive Learning Centre at Schulich School of Business

For further details and to make your reservation please visit: (Select “Guest Accommodations” from the menu.)

Off Campus: Hotel Packages (close to York University) and near Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre: This will give you a list of hotels in the area along with their websites and any promotions. Hotels for the 2013 LSA Conference Aug 28, 2013

Top off campus 3 hotels people preferred during the 2011 Symposium:

Three off campus hotels that may be adequate:

Parking Options at York University

York Lanes Parking Garage: 2.50/ half hour up to 20.00 max. & 7.00 flat fee on Saturdays, 5.00 flat fee on Sundays

Student Services Parking Garage: 2.25/ half hour up to 15.00 max. & 7.00 flat fee on Saturdays, 5.00 flat fee on Sundays

For these, take ticket upon entry. Pay the ticket at a machine when ready to leave, drive with receipted ticket to exit.

For those participants staying at the Schulich Executive Learning Centre, In/Out parking is an additional $15.00/Day.

Other Dining Options at York University

The greatest variety is found in the York Lanes Mall & the adjoining Student Centre Food Court.


Berries & Bloom (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Bubble Tea (11:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Falafel Hut Village (9:00 AM – 11:00 PM)
Indian Flavours (11:30 AM – 8:00 PM)
Popeye’s Chicken (11:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
Sakura Japanese (11:30 AM – 7:30 PM)
Great Canadian Bagel (7:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Second Cup (7:00 AM – 12:00 AM)
Gourmet Burrito (11:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Hero Burgers (9:00 AM-11:30 PM)


Underground Restaurant (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM) (Sit-down)
Fast-Food (all with adjacent tables)
Blumont Bistro (2nd floor, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM)
Jimmy the Greek (9:30 AM – 9:30 PM)
KFC & Taco Bell (11:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
Pagoda Tree (10:30 AM – 8:30 PM)
Subway (9:00 AM – 11:00 PM)
Panzerotta Pizza (10:30 AM – 8:00 PM)
Treats Cafe (6:00 AM – 7:00 PM )
Wendy’s (10:00 AM – 11:45 PM)
Yogen Fruz (10:00 AM – 10:30 PM)

Atkinson College Building (Basement Level)

Michelangelo’s Cafeteria and Pub (7:00 AM – 3:00PM)
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building

TEL Cafe (8:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Tim Horton’s (7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
Centre for Film and Theatre Building

Starbucks (7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
Schulich School of Business

Executive Dining Room (7:00 AM – 7:30 PM)
Timothy’s Market Cafe (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM) Ross Building
Central Square Cafeteria (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

Tim Horton’s (7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
NOTE: On the weekend many of these places have different hours (even Fri night) or are closed.

Lusophone Studies Association Inaugural Conference

Exploring the Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies

October 29th to November 1st, 2013 – York University, Toronto, Canada

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There are approximately 250 million speakers of Portuguese in the world today, in nations and territories such as Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guiné-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Macau, East Timor, Goa, Daman and Diu. Immigrants from these nations are also scattered in large communities throughout the world, with major concentrations in the United States, Canada, France and other European destinations. Lusophone Studies (the study of this Portuguese-speaking world) is a broad interdisciplinary area that includes the many crossroads, perspectives, and contexts, which have contributed to this diaspora and to the Portuguese language today being the 6th most spoken in the world and the 3rd most spoken in the western hemisphere. Both in terms of historical past and contemporary settings, Lusophone lives have been molded by many factors that range from historical, social, political and economic circumstances, to established and new migration patterns between Lusophone and non-Lusophone countries. The outcome is visible in both geographical and ethnocultural development of many lusophone identities that intersect in many countries. Lusophone studies focuses on these perspectives and intersections in interdisciplinary ways, in order to create an inclusive study of current issues and viewpoints which relate to this historical legacy. Until recently, this body of scholarship had been largely ignored, in Canada. In order to address this omission, the newly created Lusophone Studies Association – the first of its kind in this country – is holding its inaugural conference at York University in the fall of 2013.  The conference seeks to gather all those interested in Lusophone Studies by offering a forum to encourage current and new debates in this emerging area of scholarship.

The organizing committee is seeking individual papers, workshop panels and roundtable presentations on various aspects of Lusophone Studies. Five central areas will be examined:

  1. The present and future of Lusophone Studies: crossroads and perspectives.
  2. Historical evolution of the Lusophone world.
  3. Exploring Lusophone literatures, linguistics, and language.
  4. Studying the geopolitical Lusophone world.
  5. Contextualizing contemporary lusophone societies, migration, and identities.
  6. Lusophone survival within host-country.

Other themes related will also be considered.

A 300 word abstract, in MS Word or RTF format, should be submitted by Monday, February 18, 2013.  Please use plain text, Times New Roman font, size 12. Avoid using footnotes, special formatting, characters, or emphases, such as bold, italics or underline. E-mail subject-lines should be entitled: Exploring the Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies. Please indicate if you are proposing an individual paper, workshop panel or a roundtable presentation. Individual papers are formal papers to be presented in workshop panels; workshop panels are thematic panels comprised of 3 to 4 workshop papers; rountable presentations are shorter reflection papers (maximum 10 minutes), designed to promote discussion on specific topics, in informal roundtables. Abstracts must contain the following information in the order below:

  1. author(s)
  2. affiliation
  3. email address
  4. title of abstract
  5. body of abstract
  6. if proposal is for individual paper, workshop panel, or for roundtable presentation

Please direct your submissions to The Lusophone Studies Association at We will acknowledge receipt of all proposals. If you do not receive a reply within one week, please contact Professor Kenedy ( to confirm receipt of your submission.  We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Robert A. Kenedy, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York University

Fernando Nunes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Child and Youth Study, Faculty of Professional Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University

Maria João Dodman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York University