Honoring the centenary of José Saramago’s birth, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will host an academic colloquium and series of satellite events dedicated to exploring Saramago’s work and legacy. Confirmed participants include Carlos Reis (University of Coimbra), Pilar del Río (José Saramago Foundation), and Anabela Mota Ribeiro (Portuguese writer and journalist). We invite submission of paper proposals, in English or in Portuguese, on topics falling under the broadly conceived theme of the colloquium: interrogating Saramago’s embodied materialities. On a spectrum extending from the writer’s embrace of historical materialism to the vividly imagined physicality of his characters’ bodies, the papers may address such topics as gendered and environmental embodiment, constructs of identity and power, sexualities and projections of desire, representations of disability and illness, racialized bodies, and translations of the embodied materialities of Saramago’s literary universe into other forms of representation (such as film or theater), among others.
Please send 200-word proposals accompanied by a brief bio by October 15 to colloquium organizers, Kathryn Sanchez (University of Wisconsin; email@example.com) and Anna M. Klobucka (UMass Dartmouth; firstname.lastname@example.org). Accepted participants will be notified by October 21.
Anna M. Klobucka (UMass Dartmouth) & Kathryn Sanchez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)