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Workshop: Lusophone migrants’ interactions: solidarities and tensions in postcolonial contexts

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Speaker: Lisa Åkesson, Alexandre Duchêne, Irène dos Santos, Fernando Nunes, Stephanie Medden
Event date: Friday, 02 June 2023 09:00 am - 06:30 pm
Place: Campus Belval, Maison des Sciences Humaines, Blackbox

Lusophone migrants, i.e., migrants originally from countries where Portuguese is the/an official language, have a strong presence in global mobility. They constitute heterogeneous groups of people hailing from Portugal and its former colonies (Brazil, Angola, Bissau Guinea, Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé, and Principe…) who often cross paths and live lives of informal survivance and resistance in various host countries. This workshop brings distinguished international scholars researching social inequalities, the contested concept of lusofonia and lusophone’s language, work, educational and social practices in the context of migration. The workshop particularly aims to interrogate situations where lusophones find themselves as migrants and descendants in a ‘third space’ (Bhabha, 1994), i.e., outside the Portuguese colonial matrix, but also the issues confronted by Portuguese migrants in former Portuguese colonies. It seeks to trigger nuanced discussion related to past colonial connections, asking in particular whether those connections are reproduced or whether new solidarities and arrangements emerge when heterogeneous groups or individuals come together, who share this colonial past, a common hope for a better future but quite different historical positions.



9.00 – 12.15: Keynote speakers

  • Hybridity and Hegemony: The Integration of Portuguese Migrants in Luanda and Maputo - Prof. Lisa Åkesson, University of Gothenburg
  • Unequal workers, unequal bodies and unequal languages: Why inequalities matter in the study of language and society - Prof. Alexandre Duchêne, Université de Fribourg

14.00 – 18.30: Invited participants

  • Lusophones Encounters in France society: diversity of migratory flows and negotiations around a “shared” language - Irène dos Santos, Senior Researcher, CNRS & Université Paris Centre
  • Portuguese-Canadians and other Lusophones in Canada: Segmented Postcolonial Relations in a Third Space - Fernando Nunes, Associate Professor, University Mount Saint Vincent
  • Citizens, Settlers, and In-Betweeners: Brexit and divergent experiences of belonging in Lusophone London - Stephanie Medden, Assistant Professor, Bentley University: