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II Cátedra Gil Vicente Annual Lecture in Portuguese Studies

Dates
Wednesday 28 April 2021 (14:30-16:00)
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Please contact Richard Brunt International Partnerships Officer Birmingham Global for more information

The Department of Modern Languages and the Instituto Camões Cátedra Gil Vicente, with support of the Birmingham Brazil Forum are delighted to host Professor Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick) at the University of Birmingham to deliver the second edition of our Portuguese Studies Annual Lecture. This online event is open to all and will have Portuguese-English-Portuguese simultaneous interpretation.

Dialectic of the Periphery: Forms of resistance in World-Literature

This event will focus on reconceptualisation of the concept of world-literature, based on the proposed definition advanced by the Warwick Research Collective in Combined and Uneven Development (2015), and deploying a dual movement of contraction and expansion. Contraction, due to a specific emphasis on the question of resistance to neoliberal and neocolonial models for dehumanisation, expropriation, and extinction. Expansion, through the suggestion of considering world-cinema, as text, as an integral part of the concept of world-literature. The theoretical reflection is based in an articulation between the critical perspectives of Roberto Schwarz, Wendy Brown, Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, and the  WReC.  Texts drawn on for the analysis include two novels, Clarice Lispector’s A Hora da Estrela (1977 [The Hour of the Star]), Nara Vidal’s Sorte (2019 [Luck]), and two films, Yvone Kane, directed by Margarida Cardoso (2014) and Bacurau directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (2019).

Paulo de Medeiros is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, with a focus on Modern and Contemporary World Literatures, at the University of Warwick, UK. As a member of the Warwick Research Collective, one of his current projects is a study of Postimperial Europe. His most recent publication is a co-edited volume on Contemporary Lusophone African Film (Routledge, 2021). He is also a member of the project MEMOIRS, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (no. 648624) hosted at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra. 

Dialéctica da Periferia: Formas de resistência na literatura-mundial

Esta intervenção tem como objetivo uma tentativa de reconceptualisar a noção de literatura-mundial, partindo da enunciação proposta pelo Warwick Research Collective em Desenvolvimento Combinado e Desigual (2015; 2020), num movimento duplo de concentração e expansão.  Concentração devido a um foco específico na questão de resistência aos modelos neoliberais e neocoloniais de desumanização, expropriação e extinção. Expansão, na sugestão de se considerar o cinema-mundial enquanto texto como parte integrativa do conceito de literatura-mundial. A reflexão teórica assenta numa articulação entre as perspectivas críticas de Roberto Schwarz, Wendy Brown, Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson e do WReC.  Os textos submetidos a análise incluem dois romances, Clarice Lispector’s A Hora da Estrela (1977), Nara Vidal’s Sorte (2019), assim como dois filmes, Yvone Kane de Margarida Cardoso (2014) e Bacurau de Kleber Mendonça Filho e Juliano Dornelles (2019).

Paulo de Medeiros é Professor Titular de Inglês e Literatura Comparada, com foco em Literaturas Mundiais Modernas e Contemporâneas na Universidade Warwick, Reino Unido. Enquanto membro do grupo Warwick Research Collective, um de seus projetos de pesquisa atuais é sobre a Europa Pós-Imperial. Sua mais recente publicação é um livro co-editado sobre o Filme Africano Lusófono Contemporâneo (Routledge, 2021). Ele também é membro do projeto MEMOIRS, financiado pelo European Research Council (ERC) como parte do programa de pesquisa e inovação European Union’s Horizon 2020 (nº 648624) sediado no Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), Universidade de Coimbra.

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