CfP: ‘The Orient in Translation’ at the University of Lisbon

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.