Portuguese Orientalism(s) | International Conference

School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon

November 22, 23, and 24, 2018

The conference welcomes works that examine the impact of the scientific trajectories and institutional affiliations of a Portuguese orientalist intelligentsia on their discursive constructions of the so-called Orient. How this field of scientific and intellectual production (the so-called scholarly literature) intersected with the field of cultural production is also an issue this conference intends to address by giving visibility to the agents operating in each field and the networks they established or were engaged in.

Other topics are welcomed but are not limited to:

  • The Portuguese-language cultural production in the genealogy of Oriental Studies (19th and 20th centuries)
  • The institutionalization of Oriental knowledge in 19th-century Portugal and its link to colonial scholarship and governance
  • Portuguese-language scientific production and the transformation of colonial knowledge, perceptions, and rule
  • Portuguese Orientalism(s) and empire(s)
  • Scientific culture and the making of the Orient in 19th- and 20th-century Portuguese-speaking world
  • The role of the Portuguese-speaking world in the epistemologies of the Orient
  • Portuguese Orientalism(s) at the crossroads of History, Memory, Myth
  • The role of the printing press in the creation and dissemination of orientalist knowledge produced by Portuguese-speaking agents
  • Translating the Orient: the reception of Oriental literatures in Portuguese-language contexts and translation as cultural image-making of the Orient
  • The interconnection between politics and ideology in the discursive formation of the Orient in the Portuguese-speaking world (19th and 20th centuries)
  • The interplay between the politics of power and identity, ideology, and utopia in the formation of the Portuguese Orients/Orientalism(s)
  • Images of the East in Portuguese-language cultural production (19th and 20th centuries)
  • Orientalism, feminism, and religion in the 19th- and 20th-Portuguese-speaking world
  • Gender, travel writing, and the Orient in the Portuguese-speaking world
  • Portuguese languages and literatures of India
  • Orientalism as an aesthetics in the 19th- and 20th-Portuguese-speaking world
  • Portuguese Asia in the visual arts (19th and 20th centuries)
  • The Orient in Portuguese-language cinema, theatre, music, and visual culture
  • The Portuguese-speaking world in Asian cinema, theatre, music, and visual culture
  • 19th- and 20th-century Orientalism in the global world (globalization and post-modernism)

Accepted presentation formats

This conference accepts panel proposals and paper proposals (individual presentations).

Panel proposals must be submitted by one or two participants, who will serve as the panel organizer(s). Each panel slot should optimally accommodate three and a maximum of four presenters.

Each conference participant will only be able to submit one proposal, regardless of the chosen presentation format.

The conference languages will be Portuguese and English.

Submissions should include:

  • Title of panel or paper;
  • Name, email address, and institutional affiliation of participant(s);
  • Abstract (paper proposals: max. 500 words and 5 keywords; panel proposals: in addition to the abstracts, panel proposals should contain a max. 100-word introduction to the panel);
  • Language of presentation (Portuguese or English);
  • Audiovisual requirements;
  • Bionote (max. 100 words, mentioning main research interests, projects and selected publications).

Proposals must be submitted in Portuguese or English at

Both panel and paper proposals will be selected by the scientific committee.


May 1, 2018                                     Final deadline for submission of panel and paper proposals

June 15, 2018                                     Notification of acceptance of panel and paper proposals


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