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Este trabalho é financiado por fundos nacionais através da FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., no âmbito do projeto UID/ELT/00114/2019.

Herman Melville (1819-1891), sailor and writer, plowed the ocean as a tablet to be read, gazing at the white page where unfathomable characters surface to the eyes of the puzzled reader.

 

“Captain” Walt Whitman (1819-1892), on the other hand, writing “in cabin’d ships at sea,” broke open and passed the divide between in- and out-of-doors, as he urged his book to “speed on.” Both were born 200 years ago.

 

ULICES' Research Group in American Studies is pleased to announce the international conference and exhibition “Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors,” to be held on 3-5 July, 2019. We aim to foreground the international afterlife of both authors and their contribution to the interconnectedness between the arts, sciences, human philosophy and history, with a special focus on the imagination and memory of the oceans. In line with one of the group’s main axes of research, “(Re)imagining shared pasts over the sea and across borders: dialogue, reception and projections between the USA, the Americas, and Europe,” the title “Over_Seas” accommodates an eagerness to pore over the depths of wild and cultured nature(s), as well as the transatlantic and transnational dynamics that Melville, Whitman, and various writers on both sides of the Atlantic have helped to shape. In Portugal, the Atlantic will also be the subject of a special celebration in 2019, the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães’s circumnavigation voyage.

 

The events of our conference will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese National Library, and other public spaces devoted to cultural dissemination and to the promotion of the vital resources within our ocean(s).

 

This bicentennial celebration aims to bring together scholars with expertise not only in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, but also in areas related with the broader and interdisciplinary themes envisaged by the conference itself. Participation of junior researchers and students is especially welcome. 

CONFERENCE DIRECTORS

Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP

Margarida Vale de Gato, CEAUL-FLUL

Teresa Cid, CEAUL-FLUL

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Dana Luciano, Rutgers University

Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP

Isabel Alves, CEAUL/ UTAD

Isabel Oliveira Martins, FCSH - UNOVA Lisboa

Jeffrey S. Childs, Universidade Aberta

Margarida Vale de Gato, CEAUL – FLUL

Maria Antónia Lima, Universidade de Évora

Maria Irene Ramalho dos Santos, Universidade de Coimbra

Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Umeå University

Maria Teresa Castilho, Universidade do Porto

Reinaldo F. Silva, Universidade de Aveiro

Richard King, Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA

Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL

Susana Araújo, CEC – FLUL

Teresa F. A. Alves, CEAUL – FLUL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Anabela Duarte, CEAUL – FLUL

Bernardo Palmeirim, CEAUL – FLUL

Maria do Céu Marques, CEAUL/ UAberta

Marta Soares, CEAUL – FLUL/ ISCSP

Nuno Marques, CEAUL – FLUL/ Umeå University

Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL

CONFERENCE SECRETARY

Cecília Beecher Martins, CEAUL – FLUL

MARCH 21, 2019

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE

APRIL 15, 2019

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

JUNE 7, 2019

PRESENTING AUTHORS REGISTRATION DEADLINE

JULY 3-5, 2019

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