Confluence and Divergence in the Portuguese Speaking World

YPSW Spring ConferenceSpring International Conference

Hosted by Kennesaw State University in partnership with the Georgia Afro-Brazilian Consortium

February 11, 2016
8:30 am - 7:45 pm
Carmichael Student Center Leadership Room.


There is no cost to attend the conference sessions. However, all attendees are asked to register. In addition, if you want to participate in the optional lunch and dinner, there is a $15 charge for students, and a $25 charge for all others.

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The international conference will conclude with a concert featuring Portuguese fado artist Catarina Avelar and the Brazilian choro musical group Quarteto Viagem. Learn more about the concert and the performers by visiting the Concert Homepage.

Concert tickets are $13 for Kennesaw State students and faculty. General admission is $15.

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Conference Agenda

  • Time
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am
    Conference Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:30 am
    Opening Address

    “The Global South, Soft Power, and the Solidarity Economy”

    Presenter: Grace Chiara Schmidt, CIFAL Curitiba Coordinator, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • 9:30 - 10:45 am
    Session I

    “Luso-Brazilian Republicanism, 1910 - 1922”

    Presenter: Max Pendergraph, Doctoral Student, Department of History, Vanderbuilt University

    “A Sad and Old Question: Transatlantic Ties in a Time of Independence”

    Presenter: Luciana Namorato, Associate Professor, Director of Portuguese, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University
  • 10:45 - 11:00 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
    Session II

    "Choro and Fado as National Musics in Brazil and Portugal"

    Presenters: Kimberly DaCosta Holton, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Rutgers University; and
    Andrew Connell, Associate Professor of Music, James Madison University.

    Moderator: Tamara E. Livingston, Executive Director,  Museums, Archives & Rare Books, Kennesaw State University
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm
    Session III

    “A Suitcase Full of Continents: Vamona Navelcar as Performance Artist”

    Presenter: R. Benedito Ferrão, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, College of William and Mary

    “Brazilian Musical Movements Seen from the Perspective of the Military Regime”

    Presenter: Antonieta Mackoul, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm
    Session IV

    “Transnational Ties that Bind? The Making and Unmaking of Lusophone West Africa”

    Presenter: Brandon D. Lundy, Ph.D., Associate Director, INCM Ph.D. Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Kennesaw State University

    “Cabo Verde at Forty: Growing Unequal?”

    Presenter: João M. Monteiro, Associate Professor of Sociology, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
  • 4:45 - 5:00 pm
  • 5:00 - 6:15 pm
    Session V

    "African Representations of the Portuguese in Ivory"

    Presenter: Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Design, KSU

    “The Maafa, Yoruba Medicinal Practices and Brazil: Exploring the 'ethnobotonical puzzle' of the Atlantic Slave Trade”

    Presenter: Farryn Valderramos, Clark Atlanta University, PhD Humanities Student
  • 6:30 - 7:45 pm
  • 8:00 - 9:30 pm
    Concert Performance

    Featuring: Catarina Avelar, Fadista, and Quarteto Viagem

    Quarteto Viagem includes:

    • Andrew Connell – clarinet and saxophone
    • Richard Miller – 7-string guitar
    • Vitor Gonçalves – accordion
    • Sergio Krakowski – pandeiro and percussion

    Quarteto Viagem (The Voyage Quartet) plays music from the Brazilian choro repertoire. A popular Brazilian instrumental music dating to the late 19th century, choro combines European harmonies and song forms with Afro-Brazilian rhythms and improvisation. Never a museum piece, choro is a music that is very much alive today and is currently enjoying a renaissance both in Brazil and internationally.