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 (