Confluence and Divergence in the Portuguese Speaking World: An Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by Kennesaw State University in partnership with the Georgia Afro-Brazilian Consortium

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February 11, 2016 to February 12, 2016
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Environmental History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

Conference Description: This conference will examine the diverse and unique confluence of aesthetic, cultural, economic, environmental, literary, political, and social influences within the Portuguese Speaking World. It especially seeks papers that emphasize intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives which work to expand understanding of the challenges, changes, and alternatives facing these countries and their relationships to each other as well as with the broader world. With this in mind, we are seeking papers from across the disciplines on topics related to:


1. The Global South, Smart Power, and the Solidarity Economy

2. Ethnicity, Diversity, Mobility, Inclusion and Race Relations

3. Identity Formation, Social Justice, and Community Engagement

4. Resource Governance

5. Food, Water and Energy Security

6. Tourism, Indigenous Rights, and the Blue Economy

7. Rainforests, Global Warming, and Climate Change

8. Urban Planning and Sustainability

9. Visual and Performing Arts as Catalysts of Social Change

10. Critical Pedagogy


Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts:

If you wish to participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the focus of your proposed paper or panel, the methodology employed, and the general argument. At the top of the abstract, type your name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone number, and e-mail address. If you wish to propose a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper, along with the names and institutional affiliation of all panelists. Save all required information in one Word or RTF document and attach the document to an email message. Type “Year of the Portuguese Speaking World Conference” in the subject line and send it to Ms. Vivian Bonilla, at


Deadline for Submission of Proposal Abstracts is October 1, 2015.

Select Papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Issue of KSU’s peer reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on the Portuguese Speaking World. <>

Contact Info: 

Daniel J. Paracka, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Initiatives
Division of Global Affairs
Professor of Education,
Interdisciplinary Studies Department
MD# 9116
3391 Town Point Drive, Room 2813
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
Phone: +1.470.578.6732
Fax: +1.678.797.2573

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