A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out to my book launch. I am honoured and delighted that I got to share this milestone with so many old and new friends. I look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on the book. Here are some photos taken by Gilberto Prioste. A couple of his photos are featured in the book.
I’m launching my book This Pilgrim Nation on Wednesday, January 15, starting at 7am, at the Supermarket Bar on 268 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market. The event will feature a brief performance by the Portuguese guitar maker and player Nuno Cristo, a conversation between myself and Dr. Susana Miranda, and a reading from the book. Refreshments will be provided. See here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/500665777202899/
Fui entrevistado pelo programa Focus Portuguese da OMNI TV sobre o meu livro This Pilgrim Nation. A entrevista está disponível online:
This Wednesday, October 23rd, 10.30-12.00, I’m participating in a panel for graduate students at York University, Scott Library, about Publishing in Open Access.
My latest article came out in the University of California Press’ and National Council on Public History’s journal The Public Historian, 18: 1 (February 2016): 18-47.
It examines the transnational and international politics and motivations behind the Eurocentric campaigns of Portuguese American heritage advocates to memorialize the sixteenth-century navigators Miguel Corte-Real and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as the ‘‘discoverers’’ of the United States’ Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and how those campaigns were framed by the advocates’ ‘‘ancestral’’ homeland’s imperialist propaganda. It argues that the study of public memory and heritage politics can offer valuable insights into the processes of diaspora building and helps reveal the asymmetrical power relations often missing in discussions about cultural hybridity.
The article also explores the intersection of local, national, and transnational politics in ethnic heritage campaigns; their racial and gendered dimensions; how they conflated the contradictory yet mutually empowering interests of Portuguese immigrants, North American politicians, and Estado Novo officials; how they advanced Portugal’s imperialist foreign policy agenda; and how they further marginalized the colonized indigenous peoples of North America.
The article can be downloaded here.
My article on the online journal Living Toronto came out today. Check it out:
The book Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada, edited by Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi, was published this month by Litwin Press. This edited volume contains a chapter written by myself and the rest of the PCHP team (Raphael Costa, Emanuel da Silva, Susana Miranda, Anna St. Onge), titled “Archiving ‘From Below’: Preserving, Problematizing and Democratizing the Collective Memory of Portuguese Canadians – the Portuguese Canadian History Project”.
See here for the publishers description.