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World Talk Series: Portugal and the Refugee Crisis

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Delivered by experts from Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages, the World Talk Lecture Series is a new series of talks on topics of current interest in various countries around the world. All are welcome but maybe of particular interest to AS and A Level students to stimulate interest in, and gain a better understanding of, current political, social and cultural developments in foreign countries, the talks will be approximately 45 minutes in length and be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

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Portugal’s work to resettle, house and welcome refugees has been praised in the European Union, and the country has made efforts to help those in need, even while suffering the ongoing effects of the financial crisis. Why is the notion of solidarity with those in need so present within Portuguese culture? This talk will explore Portugal’s historical support of refugees from World War Two to the present day, with a particular focus on recent efforts to welcome new members of society to Portugal and learn about one another’s cultures – including an innovative restaurant project which is run by people from Syria.

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Dr Rhian Arkin is the programme leader for Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at Cardiff University, and a specialist in modern Portuguese culture (including literature). She co-leads (with Dr Charlotte Hammond) the School of Modern Languages Research Theme, Borders and Bodies. Her research and teaching are broadly interdisciplinary and my principal concerns are with human experience, migration and mobility, cultural history, the body, gender, power and identity politics. Her current research project, Pão e Vinho sobre a Mesa: Portuguese Food Cultures, Migration and Mobility, is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and is conducted in partnership with the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In this project, the impact of migration on food cultures in the Portuguese community in New Bedford and Fall River, USA is explored.

Rhian’s previous research has focused on twentieth-century literature and cultural history, with a particular focus on masculinities, social change, and power relations. She has a particular interest in, and has published on, the authors José Saramago, Fernando Pessoa, Jorge de Sena, and Luís de Sttau Monteiro. Her work spans modernism, the Estado Novo dictatorship, and the contemporary period. She was co-investigator on the AHRC project “Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations” (2014-16).
She welcomes contact from colleagues, prospective students and anyone with an interest in the Portuguese speaking world.

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