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Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture: Events Archive

2019

8 October 16:00 to 17:00 

Seminars on Translation. "Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation", Bush House. During this seminar we will present the latest book of poems by Ana Luisa Amaral, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Both author and translator will appear in conversation with Isabel Pires de Lima, a specialist in Portuguese literature. 

26 September 17:00 to 18:00

Book Launch: Estudos Linguísticos e Filológicos, Bush House. Estudos Linguísticos e Filológicos is a tribute to Ivo Castro, Emeritus Professor of the University of Lisbon and once visiting Teaching Fellow at King’s College, London. Castro is a leading specialist of the history of the Portuguese language and the coordinator of the Critical Edition of Fernando Pessoa's complete work.  

15 June 2019

I Conferência TROPO UK - ‘Português Língua Global’, Bush House. The Association for Teachers and Researchers of Portuguese in the UK (TROPO UK) is pleased to announce its 1st Annual Conference on the theme of ‘Português Língua Global’.

10 May 18:30 - 21:00

João Mário Grilo - film screening 

Surprise screening of a film directed by João Mário Grilo followed by Q&A

9 May 18:30 - 21:00

Apparition by Fernando Vendrell - film screening

Évora, 1950. ALBERTO is a young teacher recently placed in the High School. Évora is an unwelcoming rural town, closed in itself where Alberto intends to reinvent himself as a lonesome writer. Alberto is seduced by SOFIA, one of the three daughters of a local doctor. During his classes, he tests his existential convictions by captivating a pupil, CAROLINO. When Sofia unexpectedly leaves him for Carolino, Alberto loses himself to a passion turmoil and to his own extreme convictions. APPARITION is a film adaptation of Vergílio Ferreira's masterpiece novel.

9-10 May

The Creative Process in Portuguese Film: Materialities 

Bush House Lecture Theatre 2, The aim of this conference is to promote debate around the communicative and expressive powers inscribed in the many elements that comprise an oeuvre. The programme guide.

8 May, 16:30-19:00, 100 years of Portuguese studies at King's College LondonRiver Room, King's Building

This one-day symposium shall remember the hard work and dedication of the professors, readers, researchers, creators and authors who have enriched and enlivened King’s College over the course of the twentieth century.

The panels will discuss the research into philology, literary criticism and historiography performed by the various Camoens Chairs. Programme

7 May, 16:30-19:00, Portuguese Language and Culture Day, Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building. The Brazilian and Portuguese Embassies are delighted to announce a commemorative event for the International Day of Portuguese Language and Culture, which will be held at King's College London. The date will be dedicated to the celebration of the common linguistic and cultural ties which unite the nine members of CPLP, a community of nations whose official language is Portuguese. The event will include sessions introduced by ambassadors in which academics from King's College discuss Portuguese Studies in the United Kingdom. It will also include musical performances and readings from Lusophone authors. This year's celebration comes as part of King's College's commemoration of the centenary of its Camoens Chair in Portuguese Studies.

10 March, 12:00-13:30Eternal Forest Film ScreeningChapel, King's Building. Join us in the beautiful King's College chapel for a screening of the Eternal Forest by Evgenia Emets. Filmed in Gois and Arganil, Portugal, which suffered unprecedented fires in October 2017 due to decades of unsustainable forestry practices, the artist invites people to enter the forest - to listen and hear its voice. 

6 March, 16:00-17:30Workshop: Teaching Portuguese as a Second LanguageBush House (SE) 1.07. A workshop lead by Monica Lupetti (University of Pisa) and Paulo Osório (University of Beira Interior) for Portuguese language teachers - whether native or non-native speakers. Teaching assistants and final year students are also welcome.

23 January, 18:30-20:00, Lusophone Music and Poems on Human Rights, Chapel, King's Building, At this intimate and peaceful location, students and teachers of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies perform poems and songs. This bilingual reading covers modern and contemporary authors from across the Portuguese speaking countries.

2018

24 January (18:30 – 20:00)Lusophone Music and Poetry in Times of Hardship: poems and live music, Chapel, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London's students of Portuguese language will bring poetry about times of hardship to light.

6 March, 14:00-16:00Teaching Portuguese Language in Cape Verde, Bush House (NE) Room 2.03. Dr Jorge Pinto (University of Lisbon) talks with students about the language situation in Cape Verde and strategies for the teaching of Portuguese.

7 March, 14:00-16:00Teaching Portuguese Language in Cape Verde (IMLR session). Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. This seminar focuses on the language situation in Cape Verde. Portuguese pidgins were the first Romance pidgins to emerge and gave rise to creoles throughout the world. Find our Podcast and YouTube.

5-6 JuneCross-cultural transformations in the Atlantic World (16th-19th centuries), Anatomy Museum (6th Floor) King's Building Strand Campus

22-23 JuneSymposium: Early Modern Mercantile Culture, Anatomy Museum (6th Floor) King's Building Strand Campus. Mercantile culture contributed decisively to connect and transform the world in the early modern period. There are significant studies of this culture, mainly on markets and organizational culture of merchants, but there is no systematic approach, since this issue touches many different areas of academic expertise. This is why we decided to organise this symposium.

28-29 JuneII International Symposium on Teaching Portuguese as an Additional Language,The department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King's College London (KCL) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) are delighted to announce the II SINEPLA – II International Symposium on Teaching Portuguese as an Additional Language. The theme of the event will be "Culture and Diversity in the teaching of Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL)"

20-22 September'Women in Transition - Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries' conferenceCouncil Room, King's College London and St Peter's College, University of Oxford. The conference will focus on 'transition' in women's lives and will present research on women who have described how they have crossed biological, geopolitical, political borders as well as emotional, sexual, cultural and linguistic boundaries. 

21 SeptemberBook launch: 'Take Six'Council Room, King's Building
Meet authors Hélia Correia, Teolinda Gersão and Lídia Jorge, and editor Margaret Jull Costa at this event to launch 'Take Six': Six Portuguese Women Writers)

30-31 OctoberSaramago - 'From the Land of Sin to the Fields of Blood' conference. Anatomy Museum, King's BuildingAn international conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize to José Saramago

2017

25 January, 18.00-19.30 Women's Voices in Lusophone Poetry: Poems and Live Music, Chapel (2nd Floor), King's Building, Strand Campus. King’s students of Portuguese language will bring Lusophone women poets' voices to light at the College Chapel. At this intimate and peaceful location, students and guests will perform poems. Guest performers include Nadia Kerecuk (convenor of the Brazilian Bilingual Book Club, Embassy of Brazil); Frederick Moehn (Music Department, King's College London); and King's teachers.

8 February, 16.30-18.00Book launch: Manual of Portuguese Linguistics (De Gruyter, 2016), Room K0.18, King's Building, Strand Campus. King’s College London hosts the launch, in the UK, of a new handbook on Portuguese Linguistics. 

29 March, 16.00-17.00The history of Portuguese and Catalan languages or the importance of being peripheral, Council Room, King's Building. This seminar discusses some topics of Portuguese and Catalan History, in order to understand the reasons for creating specific territorial and linguistic identities.

30 March, 16.00-17.30Portuguese and Galician Studies: language research projects and digital resources, Institute for Modern Language Research, Senate House. A workshop led by João Paulo Silvestre (King's College London) and Ignacio Vázquez Diéguez (University of Beira Interior, Portugal).

28 April, 14.00-21.00Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse. With the on-going political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.

28 April, 18:30 – 20:00Feminine Singular. Book Launch and Author Reading with Hélia Correia, River Room, Kings Building, Strand Campus.There has been very little publication of life-writing in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds and even less scholarly criticism has appeared. This collection of essays is the first volume to focus on the variety of women’s life-writing in the Luso-Hispanic world. The authors analyse women who have written or expressed their sense of identity through diaries, autobiographies, biographies, memoirs, travel writing and poetry, as well as forms of visual art, examining how they represent themselves and others. The Epilogue, 'Anything But a Biography', was contributed by acclaimed Portuguese novelist Hélia Correia (Camões Prize 2015) who will be reading from her work at the launch.

26 May, 09.15-18.15Gendering the Portuguese-Speaking World Symposium, Council Room, King's Building. The symposium is organised by the Charles Boxer Chair, the Camões Centre at King's and King's Institute of Brazil, in partnership with the Instituto de Ciências Sociais in Lisbon. 

5 May, 17.00 - 19.00Portuguese Language and Culture Day, Embassy of Brazil (14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL). The Embassies of  Brazil, Portugal and Angola and the High Commission of Mozambique in the United Kingdom are delighted to announce the Portuguese Language and Culture Day of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), which will be held at the Embassy of Brazil. 

4 October 2017 (16:00-18:00)Retelling Migration: Documentary Screening and discussion with the Portuguese author Dulce Maria Cardoso, Anatomy Museum (6th Floor) King's Building Strand Campus. Documentary Screening and discussion with the Portuguese author Dulce Maria Cardoso. Cardoso's fiction includes novels as well as short stories. Her debut novel Campo de Sangue (2002) won the Grand Prize "Acontece de Romance".

2 November 2017 (10:00-18:00)Conference: Cultural and Literary Anglo-Portuguese Relations, Institute of Modern Language Research – Malet St London WC1E 7HU (Room 243). One-day conference on Anglo-Portuguese Studies, organised by the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (NOVA, University of Lisbon), King's College London Camões Centre and the Anglo-Portuguese Society. Chair: Dr Rogerio Puga (NOVA, University of Lisbon).

13-14 November 2017 (various times) Conference: from text to screen and back to text, Nash Lecture Theatre (day) TBC venue (evening). This conference will focus on the challenges, possibilities and multidisciplinary aspects arising from and related to the field of interaction between literature and film in a Portuguese context.

2016

18 October, 13.00-16.00Playing and Reading/ Reading and Playing, Great Hall, Strand Campus. An afternoon celebrating the amazing richness of children’s world literature and of the simple pleasures of reading and playing. (Part of the 2016 Arts and Humanities Festival)

19 October, 17.00-18.00Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation. Ana Luísa Amaral and Margaret Jull CostaInstitute for Modern Language Research, Senate House. Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation bring together writers and their translators in front of an audience, providing a unique opportunity to experience author and translator reading from the text and in conversation.

20 October, 17.30-18.30Playing with Tigers, Poetry and TranslationSmall Committee Room, Portuguese poet Ana Luisa Amaral talks about her book "The Art of Being a Tiger” recently translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa (2016, Liverpool University Press).  (Part of the 2016 Arts and Humanities Festival)

25-8 December, various timesThe Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival,Various locations,The Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival has existed for seven years thanks to the support of Instituto Camões of Portugal. The festival works in partnership with King’s College, Birkbeck College University of London and Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema. The festival is curated by Filmville

6 December, 16.00-17.30Translating less-common languages and cultures. Workshop on linguistics and language studies, Institute for Modern Language Research, Senate House. 'Translating less-common languages' is a workshop series that focus on some of the most widely spoken languages of the world, in cultural contexts in which they are less common.

8 December, 17.00-18.30, Recipes, ingredients and words from the world in the 16th century Portuguese Gastronomy, Council Room, King's Building. Lecture by Anabela Leal Barros, University of Minho (Portugal), organised by Camoes Centre and King’s Brazil Institute.

29 March, 17.30A contrastive approach to the Iberian Languages, VWB6.32, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand CampusA seminar including contributions such as 'Parasynthetic verbs in Iberian languages' from Alina Villalva (University of Lisbon) and 'Galician-Portuguese: historical overview' from Esperança Cardeira (University of Lisbon).

25 April, 16.00Book launch: Guinea-Bissau. Micro-State to 'Narco-State’. edited by Patrick Chabal and Toby Green (Hurst Publishers), JKTL Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King's Building, Strand Campus. This book launch includes a round table discussion with Toby Green (King's College London), Philip Havik (Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Lisbon), José Lingna Nafafé (University of Bristol), Nayanka Perdigão (African Leadership Centre, King's College London) and Ramon Sarro (University of Oxford).

5-6 May 2016, Various times- see pages for detailsContemporary Trends in Portuguese Children's Literature, River Room & Old Committee Room, Kings Building, Strand Campus. In the celebration of the Day of Portuguese Language and Culture, the Camões Centre organizes a two-day event that includes a conference, a workshop for teachers and an exhibition of award-winning Portuguese illustration works. 

2015

5 May, 14.00 - 17.30Portuguese studies in the UK,IMLR, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU. A half-day conference hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, the Camões Centre and the Portuguese Education Department.

11 September, 17.00-18.30Lusophone Africa: Crisis or Optimism?, K0.18, King's Building, Strand CampusA debate on Africa's contemporary history with Luis Bernardo Honwana (Mozambique), AbdoolKarim Vakil and Toby Green (King's College London).

14 October, 10.00-21.00Fabric LettersCouncil Room, King's Building, Strand Campus. A performance will show how traditional North Portuguese Fiancés Kerchiefs (Lenços, de Namorados) were used in social context and the audience will be invited to participate in workshops led by Portuguese embroiderers, to try the embroidery technique. Camões Centre promotes this event in collaboration with Adereminho, a Portuguese association that works for the conservation of popular traditions and artefacts. (Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2015).

15 October, 18.00-19.00Book Launch: Utopia in Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone African CountriesVWB3.01, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway. The launch of Peter Lang's Utopia in Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone African Countries.

3 November, 10.00-14.00The translation of economic ideas in the Iberian Peninsula, Council Room (K2.29), King's Building, Strand Campus, A one-day symposium on the history of economic thought with José Luís Cardoso (ICS, Lisbon), Jesús Astigarraga (University of Zaragoza, Spain), Monica Lupetti (University of Pisa), Tiago Mata (University College London) and Marco Guidi (Università degli Studi di Pisa).

5 NovemberPost-colonial memory in the Portuguese cinema (I), VWB5.29, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway. Documentary Kuxa Kanema / The birth of cinema (2003) by Margarida Cardoso. Presented by Toby Green (King's College London).

6 November, 18.00-19.00Portugal plays Brazil: Portuguese music in the colonial period, Anatomy Museum, King's Building, Strand Campus. A symposium on the history of Portuguese Music by Rui Vieira Nery (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian).

19 November, 17.30-19.00Post-colonial memory in the Portuguese cinema (II)VWB5.29, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway. A screening of Sarah Maldoror's film Monangambé (1968, 11’) and Margaret Dickinson’s Behind the Lines, (1971,  50’). The screening will be presented by Ros Gray (Goldsmiths College) and followed by a talk with Margareth Dickinson.

26 November, 17.30-18.30OssO. Rui Zink reads from his work, VWB5.29, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway. The Camões Centre invites the Portuguese fiction writer Rui Zink to present his recent novel, OssO.  In this session, Zink will discuss contemporary literature and literary translation with Catarina Fouto, Felipe Botelho and João Silvestre (KCL). 

3 December, 18.00-19.30Post-colonial memory in the Portuguese cinema (III)VWB5.29, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, Documentary Natal 71 (2000) by Margarida Cardoso. Presented by Abdool Karim Vakil (King's College London).

2014

5-6 DecemberTravel and Writing in the Global RenaissanceHaldane Room (UCL) and Council Room (K2.29), Strand Campus, University College London and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the cultures, literature and history of the early-modern Portuguese world to discuss the text of the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614) from a multidisciplinary approach. Presented by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

22-23 MayThe Carnation Revolution between African Anti-colonialism and European Rebellion, Birkbeck, University of London. This Conference will address the intense social mobilisation and international forms of activism triggered by the Portuguese Revolution, including the event’s wider linkages to the radical moment of the long 1960s, the cold war, African anti-Imperialism, and the memory of Revolution in the twentieth-century at large. Supported by Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Lingua.

Friday 9 May, 15.00-18.00Lisboa em Si (Lisbon is an Orchestra), K6.63, King's Building, Strand Campus. Join us for the UK premiere of this documentary about a unique concert that took place in Lisbon on 21 June 2013, followed by a discussion with some of the key participants in this unique project. Presented by the Camões Centre for Portuguese Language & Culture and the Department of Music.

(Aug 2022 - The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is now the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures).