The Centre for Comparative Studies based at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon will be organising an international colloquium entitled ‘The Orient in Translation: Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the Luso Space’ on 26-27 November 2015.
Suggested topics include:
- The Orient as a space of cultural translation;
- Cultural, aesthetic and literary importations from the Asian space;
- Portuguese Orientalism as a European aesthetics (19th and 20th centuries);
- Orientalists and their translation activity;
- Representations of Asia (from the Far East to South Asia, Southeast Asia, Maritime Southeast Asia, etc.) in Portuguese art and historiographic discourse;
- The Orient and the exotic: their signified and signifiers;
- Writing and its ethnographic value: travels, imaginaries and symbols;
- Literature, tourism and utopias/dystopias;
- Language didactics: teaching Asian languages in the Luso space;
- Grammatical descriptions of Asian languages resulting from the encounter with the Luso space.
Proposals for 20-minute papers offering cross-disciplinary, comparative and innovative approaches to the contacts, negotiations and circulations occurring between the Luso and Asian spaces within a wide time range are invited. Deadline for abstracts along with a biography is 30 June 2015. Working languages of the colloquium are Portuguese, English and French.
See the call for papers for details.