1. Introduction

Coordination

Isabel Caldeira (mic@fl.uc.pt)

This PhD program follows the latest transnational developments in American Studies, providing the critical questioning of the limits of the discipline in bringing the concept of ‘America’ face-to-face with those of ‘the Americas,’ the North and the South. The study and research fostered by the program are vindicated and useful for shaping a critical perspective on the United States’ place in the world, our own place in the world (as Portuguese and European), the roles and effects of globalization, as well as the conflicts between identities and differences (sexual, racial, ethnic, class) within the permeable borders and the heterogeneous populations of our contemporary societies. Taking a historical and cultural stance from a location such as Portugal can lead American Studies theoretical perspectives in innovative directions, stimulating new transatlantic and diasporic readings, and bringing together the cultural, linguistic, and literary exchanges between Portugal, Africa, the West Indies and Brazil.

With a view to analyzing the multiple perspectives and identities at work in the multicultural dynamics of United States society, the cooperation with the Center for Social Studies works towards the strengthening and diversification of this PhD program. It extends the program into new areas, thus reinforcing two of American Studies methodological, interdisciplinarity, and comparativism.

Teaching in Portuguese or English (according to students' needs) - 240 ECTS