Open Lecture at the University of Porto and Free workshop in Lisbon

Hello dear readers,

We can’t believe that February is almost over! A couple of weeks ago the advisory team of the Women of the Brown Atlantic met in Exeter to discuss the progress of the project. It was great to bring everyone together and to touch base about what has been achieved so far and what we are organising for the near future. Overall, It was a very ,busy but incredibly rewarding week, during which we also kickstarted the Memory Residency with Dr Rosane Carneiro.


Rosane will soon be blogging about her participation in the project as the Memory Residency holder, so watch this space for her take on Eliana Alves Cruz’s work!

We are now gearing up for two important project-related events. One is an open lecture at the University of Porto (10 March 2020), dedicated to the theme: ‘Maria Firmina dos Reis (1825-1917): a primeira romancista brasileira em diálogo com outras “mães” literárias do mundo luso-afro-brasileiro’. I will be posting more information about this lecture soon.

The other event is a workshop to be held on Saturday, 28 March 2020, at the Centro de Inovação da Mouraria in Lisbon, titled: “Personal and family tales of Memory and Mobility in the Brown Atlantic. For this workshop, we are looking for Lisbon-based participants who have a personal or family history/experience of mobility between Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa, and who may be interested in sharing these stories in an informal and friendly setting, in the company of researchers and a psychologist who work in the fields of memory, mobility and identity in the Portuguese-speaking world.

This one-day workshop is entirely free of charge and will be structured in the following way:


  • Refreshments, tea and coffee
  • Presenting the project’s aims and goals
  • Reading and filling in interview ethics forms
  • Q&A

Lunch provided


  • roundtable with all collaborators to discuss: the topic of memory and mobility in the Brown Atlantic; the topics to be covered in the individual interviews with collaborators;
  • refreshments, tea and coffee
  • individual interviews with those participants who have accepted to become collaborators in the project.

If you would like to take part, please let us know by email (

The workshop is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Open Lecture is funded by the research group Intersexualidades hosted by the Institute of Comparative Literature Margarida Losa.

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