Symposium 2020 Call for Papers

Migration and Integration in the Lusophone World: Historical, Current and Future Perspectives

Postponed until further notice.

Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

Call for Papers Symposium 2020 (PDF)

The movement and re-settlement of large numbers of people are an important facet of our current world. Significant populations of migrants and refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are today re-locating to places such as North America, Europe, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Meanwhile, many from developed nations are also settling in former colonial states in Africa, Central and South America. Finally, significant internal migration is now a fact of life in many countries. Yet, while the movement of people to and from the English-speaking world has received a lot of attention, comparatively little scrutiny has been afforded to migration to, from and within the Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) states. While significant populations of Lusophone migrants have moved from, within and across Lusophone nations, relatively less is known about these movements, or how these individuals are integrating.

This symposium will gather together international experts on the history, current and future state of migratory movements to, from and within Lusophone nations. Topics examined will deal with economic, educational, cultural, linguistic, religious, colonial, postcolonial, pre- and post-migratory realities, both within Lusophone nations, as well as in locations which are receiving Lusophone migrants.

Proposals focusing on the following topics will be considered:

  1. Current and historic patterns of migration to, from and within Lusophone nations
  2. Economic and political implications of migration, settlement and integration
  3. The effects of settlement and integration policies, practices and institutions (ex. multiculturalism)
  4. The roles of education, culture, nationalism, religion, and identity in promoting settlement and integration
  5. Forced migration (ex. transatlantic slave trade) and historical impacts leading to current social and economic conditions
  6. The role of colonialism and post-colonial practices or attitudes on the integration of migrants
  7. Return migration in the Lusophone world
  8. Inclusion and exclusion of migrants and their descendants
  9. The relationship between language, identity and integration
  10. The effects of new technologies on the settlement and integration of newcomers
  11. Lusophone literature dealing with the topic of migration and/or integration

Other themes related to migration, settlement, integration and belonging will also be considered.  

Proposals will be accepted in English, Portuguese or French for Workshops and for Individual Papers. Please include:

  1. A statement whether your proposal is for a workshop or an individual paper
  2. A statement of the language to be utilized in each paper and/or workshop (English, Portuguese or French)
  3. A 250-word summary, describing the intended topic of the paper or workshop, for consideration by the Selection Committee.
  4. A 50-word abstract of the workshop or paper, in accessible language, to be included in the symposium program
  5. If submitting a proposal for a workshop, please also gather a minimum of 2 (maximum of 5) presenters and papers, to be included in the panel. Also include the title, a 250-word summary and 50-word abstract for each paper, as well as the name, contact information of each presenter and the organizer.

Workshops: (90 minutes): Workshops will consist of a minimum of three to a maximum of five presentations of approximately 15 minutes each, followed by 20 minutes of discussion. Where a proposal for a workshop does not include at least 4 people, the symposium organizers reserve the right to fill the remaining spots with others who have submitted proposals for individual papers.

Individual Papers: Applicants for individual papers need only submit a 250-word summary and 50-word abstract, for consideration by the Selection Committee. The symposium organizers reserve the right to place any candidate who has submitted a proposal for individual papers in whatever workshop that they deem appropriate.

Due Date for Proposals: February 20, 2020

Please E-Mail Proposals to: Dr. Robert Kenedy ( & Dr. Fernando Nunes, (

If you do not receive a reply within a week, please contact the above, in order to confirm receipt of your submission.

Co-organizers: Dr. Robert Kenedy, York University, Toronto, Canada; Dr. Fernando Nunes, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Dr. Donizete Rodrigues, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.

Registration Fees and Information (choose one):

  50€ / US$55 / CAD$70   – Symposium Registration for current members of the Lusophone Studies Association (LSA)
*75€ / US$83 / CAD$105 – Symposium Registration, Non-Members plus LSA Membership for 2020-21

  30€ / US$33 / CAD$42 – Symposium Registration for current student and part-time faculty members of the (LSA)
*40€ / US$44 / CAD$56 – Symposium Registration, Student & part-time faculty Non-Members plus LSA Membership for 2020-21

* Please note: This is a promotional, one-time fee, that is not available to current, or former, LSA members, who are renewing or reactivating their membership. Membership is for the academic (2020-21) and not the calendar year. Renewal is in October. All presenters and participants must register for this symposium.

Payment Methods: By PAYPAL, through the LSA Website (payment only in Euros, US$ or CAD$). Or, by cheque (in CAD$ or US$ only) to Lusophone Studies Association, C/O Prof. Robert Kenedy, Winters College, 124, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3.

Accommodations: Covilhã Sport Hotel Gym & Spa (formerly Covilhã Parque Hotel) or UBI residence (


Expressions of the Lusofonia – International Conference

Expressões da Lusofonia – Encontro internacional

October 25, 26 and 27, 2018
York University, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies – Toronto/Canada
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Prof. Maria Joao Dodman publishes book of short narratives

Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Prof. Maria Joao Dodman publishes book of short narratives

Maria João Dodman, professor of Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, has published a creative book of short narratives that explore the notion of hybrid identity, of living between worlds and the (re) invention of a 10th Island a narrative theme commonly found in immigrant communities from the region of the Azores, Portugal.

Maria João Dodman's new bookAndarIlha.  Viagens de um hífen [Wanderer. Voyages of a Hyphen] is the title of this collection of 17 narratives (15 in Portuguese and two in English). The narratives highlight the voyage as a leitmotif designed to separate and join old and new worlds, of finding one’s identity and of returning to the affections, the cult of memories and the wisdom of the elders.

While treasuring tradition, this collection also looks at exploring new ways of being, of integration, and cultural reciprocity. The book was launched on June 17 in the Azores with a presentation by Victor Rui Dores, a prominent Azorean writer and Dodman’s old high school English teacher.  Read more…

Call for Papers – Portuguese Studies Review

Portuguese Studies Review
Vol. 22, Issue 2 (2014)
Special Theme issue
“Exploring Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies”

[Download Call for Papers – English] [Download Call for Papers – Portuguese]

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