Portuguese American Journal

Conference: The Carnation Revolution: Global Perspectives – UMass, Dartmouth

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC), in coordination with the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, announced that it is hosting an international conference on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of April 2024.

The year 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, a seminal event in Portuguese history. 

The theme is “The Carnation Revolution: Global Perspectives.”  This conference will explore the global cause and impact of the Carnation Revolution, reflecting scholarship on the metropole, the empire and the diaspora.  The goal of the conference is to bring together individuals from a variety of academic fields to discuss the multifaceted aspects of the revolution throughout the Lusophone world.

The first day of the conference (Thursday, 4 April) will be held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fall River, Massachusetts.   The focus of the first day is an analysis of the impact of the Revolution in the Lusophone diaspora as well as its impact on Luso-American relations.  It will begin at 1 PM.  Ample parking is available for all guests.

The second day of the conference (Friday, 5 April) will be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  The focus of the second day is an examination of the multitude of factors that led up to and caused the Carnation Revolution. Panels are scheduled throughout the day beginning at 9:30 AM and running until 6 PM.  For the first time in the United States, there will be a screening of the documentary O Que Podem as Palavras (2022, 77 minutes) by Luísa Marinho and Luísa Sequeira.  Both directors will be present to present the film and answer questions from the audience.  Both lunch (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM) and dinner (7 – 9 PM) will be provided.  Guests should use the Elm Street Parking Garage (51 Elm Street, New Bedford).

The third day of the conference (Saturday, 6 April) will be held on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus in the Charlton College of Business.  The third day’s panel will consider the global ideological impact of the Carnation Revolution.  A new exhibit will open at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.  We will also hear from individuals within our community as they discuss how they remember the 25th of April 1974.  The day will begin at 10:30 AM.  Lunch will be provided.  Guests should use Parking lot 14.

This conference was organized by Paula C. G. Noversa (Director, CPSC–UMass Dartmouth), Eric Morier-Genoud, (Queen’s University, Belfast), and Daniela Melo (Boston University).  Noversa stated, “The Carnation Revolution brought about tremendous political and social change in Portugal.  This conference is the start of a much longer conversation regarding the global impact of that historic day.”

Pre-registration is preferred.  Send your name, affiliation (if any), and the dates of attendance to Robin Couto at rcouto@umassd.edu with the subject heading “CPSC CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.” 

Source: Press Release.

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