CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

AGOSTINHO NETO AND THE AFRICAN WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN

THE CAMÕES PRIZE 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto

September 9 and 10, 2019 

CITCEM / IF / CEAUP 

With the support of the Dr António Agostinho Neto Foundation

 

In recent decades, for reasons that are not easy to understand, Portuguese-speaking African literature seems to have lost the attention and enthusiasm given it following those countries’ independence. If it is true that authors such as Mia Couto, Pepetela, Manuel Rui, Ondjaki or Agualusa are widely read and studied, it is no less true that there is virtual silence about many others of equal quality, especially those less contemporary. That is one of the reasons for this colloquium, a venue for the intersection of literature and thought to be held in the same city that hosted A Voz Igual, a similar initiative, 30 years ago.

Along with stimulating discussion of African literatures in Portuguese, the colloquium will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Agostinho Neto (1922-1979), one of the first poets of this space to obtain great national and international circulation (as numerous translations of his work attest). On the other hand, attention will be drawn to the six African writers also awarded the Camões Prize: José Craveirinha (1991), Pepetela (1997), José Luandino Vieira (2006), Arménio Vieira (2009), Mia Couto (2013) and Germano Almeida (2018).

We expect to welcome members of the Dr António Agostinho Neto Foundation, some of the writers awarded the Camões prize, and essayists and researchers from various countries whose work focuses on the authors and themes in question.

We thus issue a call for presentations. Interested participants should send a summary of their proposal (max 500 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 14, together with a CV (max 200 words).

 

Organizing committee

Celeste Natário

Francisco Topa

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R&D Supported by

R&D Unit integrated in the project number UID/HIS/00495/2019.

 

Contacts

Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto
Via panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 Porto
Portugal

+351 22 607 71 41
ceaup@letras.up.pt