An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Project

Portuguese is among the ten most widely spoken languages in the world with a number of primary speakers approximately equal to Arabic and Russian. Portuguese is the language of 25 percent of the population of the Southern Hemisphere. It is spoken by nearly 40 percent of the population in countries bordering the southern Atlantic rim region, around which eight metropolitan areas use the language. 

The purpose of the Lusoglobe working group is to enhance understanding of cultural texts and dynamics that have resulted from the centuries-long networks of exchange among and beyond Portuguese-speaking regions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The working group is interested in what this inquiry teaches about present-day cultural and political realities in the Lusophone world, as well as the role of Lusophone societies in the global milieu. Issues to be explored include domestic and transnational negotiations between "high" and "low" culture, and the impact of audiovisual culture (e.g., music, television, cinema) and diverse forms of expressive culture (e.g., folklore and folk life, religious and ritual traditions, festival practices) on contemporary national and global politics, economic systems, and discourses of identity. 

Lusoglobe has been initiated through the support of OSU's Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities. Its activities are co-sponsored by The Department of African American and African Studies, the School of Music, the Department of Theatre, the Center for Folklore Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Center for Latin American Studies. Richard Gordon and Daniel Avorgbedor are the founders of the program. Pedro Pereira and Antoinette Errante are the current coordinators of Lusoglobe. 

To subscribe to the Listserv please send an email to one of the co-organizers, Pedro Pereira or Antoinette Errante.