Call for Papers

Dear colleagues, the period for paper submissions to the Fourth International Congress on Cultural Studies – Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies is open until November 15, 2013. The event is yet another undertaking by the Doctoral Program on Cultural Studies by the Universities of Aveiro and Minho and will take place on April 28, 29 and 30, 2014, at the Museum of Aveiro (Saint Joanna) in the city of Aveiro, Portugal.

1. Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies – Decolonizing thought

To decolonize hegemonic thinking wherever it appears cannot do without the involvement of the academies, production centers of science and knowledge of cultural, political and social reality, centers from which there can and must be established a praxis that allies scientific knowledge to a transformative action of social realities, or, more than that, a praxis that is effectively embedded in those realities. It is that political dimension of science, in the sense of a science that institutes itself as action on the polis, as a practice that re-imagines and transforms the world, that the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies UA/UM intends to inscribe to this Fourth International Congress.
A postcolonial reflection in a Lusophone context cannot avoid the critique of the old dichotomies of periphery/center, cosmopolitanism/rurality, civilized/savage, black/white, north/south, in a context of cultural globalization, transformed by new and revolutionary communication phenomena, which have also globalized marginality. Such a project will entail, in our opinion, further work on the idea that colonialisms and post-colonialisms mark the cultures and histories of colonizers and colonized, linking, in different ways, their ‘fates’. There are no equal colonialisms and post-colonialisms. Each one has to reconstruct, know, symbolize and integrate its own history and define possible future directions. Besides, there is no way not to do so, as the common ‘fate’ that was given to us, for better or worse, is a given with which we can and must contemplate our future.
What will be decisive in this project is to decolonize culture, thought, social practices, politics and science: a task that falls to the hands of both colonized and colonizers. In our understanding, this is one of the pressing tasks in the process of re-imagining Lusophony, which, nowadays, involves the search for strategic thinking towards a decolonialist reflection and praxis.

2. Organization of sessions

The Fourth International Congress on Cultural Studies – Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies will host two presentation modes: Keynote Lectures and Symposia.

2.1. Keynote Lectures

The Keynote Lectures will be delivered by guests whose work is of notable national and international recognition. They will take place in the Museum of Aveiro auditorium. The times and topics may be found on the Fourth Congress’ website.

2.2. Symposia

The Symposiums are the format of choice for the sessions on this Congress. The intention is to provide a more interactive version of the traditional parallel sessions, with fewer papers simultaneously displayed and greater opportunities for proximity and discussion between authors and other participants. Each symposium will be organized around a theme and comprise up to 5 papers that discuss the theme from different perspectives.

The maximum presentation time for papers will be 10 minutes, followed by a longer period of discussion. The model for each presentation falls under the each speaker’s responsibility; creativity and variety of formats is encouraged. Powerpoint usage is not mandatory and there will be no data-show image projection. We ask all speakers to send us the images they wish to share during their presentation, whether they are slides, videos, photographs, etc., by January 30. These will be made available online on the Fourth Congress’ website and can be viewed during sessions. For a better progression of activities, we suggest to all that they bring their own laptops.

Papers must be submitted in Portuguese or English (see section 2.2.2), but all languages are welcome and may be used to deliver papers in the symposiums. In order to make communication possible in the present multicultural context, we ask all authors to submit an English version of their papers by January 30, 2014 (when this is not the language of the original submission). This request relates to the need to make ourselves understood by speakers and attendees of all nationalities and different mother tongues. The texts will be made available online on the Fourth Congress’ website and can be viewed at the time of the symposiums. Thus, speakers can deliver their presentation in the language that is most comfortable to them without loss of understanding by other group members.


2.2.1 The themes

Symposiums will be organized around major themes on the debates about Colonialisms, Post-colonialism and Lusofonias in the context of Cultural Studies. Hence, we will privilege approaches that are more problematizing and less descriptive. Here are some suggested issues, but the scope of this Congress is not enclosed in them. Authors are free to contribute with other proposals. The suggested issues are:

1. Post-colonialisms and policies of identities.
2. Decolonizations or recolonizations?
3. Emigrants in colonial and post-colonial contexts.
4. Visible Lusophonies, invisible Lusophonies.
5. Gender issues in colonial and post-colonial contexts.
6. Human rights and the construction of otherness in colonial and postcolonial contexts.
7. Thinking the decolonization of culture: from colonial markings to world re-imagining.
8. Arts, colonialisms and post-colonialisms.
9. Colonial and post-colonial histories and memories.

2.2.2 Paper submission (full article)

There can be submitted individual papers that will be grouped by the Organizing Committee according to the theme indicated by the author, as well as closed sessions with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 participants. This proposal (full article) must be submitted in one of the two official languages for the Fourth Congress (Portuguese and English). If the proposal was written in Portuguese, an English version must be submitted until January 30, 2014.

2.2.3. Rules for text formatting and paper presentation

All languages will be welcome and may be used for the electronic publication of the Fourth Congress’ Proceedings. However, in order to broaden the possibilities of dissemination of knowledge in an international context, we ask authors to submit their full articles in both versions – one in the language of their preference and another in English – until January 30.

Articles must have between 8 and 10 pages; font: Georgia, 11 pto. (body), 10 pto.(quotes), 9 pto. (footnotes); spacing 1,5 (body), 1,0 (quotes and footnotes); paragraph: 10 pto; references at the end. See the template for text formatting.

Article submission is made through a system that requires prior registration.

4. Publication

The proceedings of the papers presented at the Fourth International Congress on Cultural Studies will be made available in digital format with ISSN at the time of the event. Some papers may subsequently be selected for publication on a special issue of the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies UA/UM’s journal, the Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies, or possibly an E-Book. In these cases, authors will be duly consulted about their interest in the said publication.