Colloquium “SARAMAGO AT 100: BODIES AND MATERIALITIES”

December 2-3, 2022 | University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Coloquio Saramago Dezembro 2022

Colloquium “SARAMAGO AT 100: BODIES AND MATERIALITIES”

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
December 2-3, 2022

Click here to view the poster of the event.

This two-day colloquium commemorates the centenary of José Saramago (1922-2010), celebrated Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to new readings of Saramago’s works and assessments of his legacy by Portuguese and US scholars, the colloquium includes a roundtable reminiscing on hosting Saramago as a distinguished guest and honorary PhD recipient at the University of Massachusetts, as well as a screening of the documentary José and Pilar (2010), followed by a conversation with Pilar del Río, Saramago’s widow and president of the José Saramago Foundation.

Colloquium organizers: Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Anna M. Klobucka (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

Colloquium program

Friday, December 2
New Bedford Whaling Museum

9:00-9:30 am
Coffee reception 

9:30-10 am
Opening remarks

10-11:15 am
Carlos Reis (Universidade de Coimbra), “Materialidades saramaguianas: espaços, figuras, sentidos”

Coffee break

11:30-12:45
Speaker panel I: Corporeal and Material Ethics
Moderator: Anna M. Klobucka (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

  • José Ornelas (University of Massachusetts Amherst), “O corpo ético do Sr. José em Todos os nomes
  • Ana Isabel Correia Martins (Université de Rennes 2), “O(s) corpo(s) do(s) símbolo(s) e a materialidade do(s) desejo(s) n’A maior flor do mundo
  • Estela Vieira (Indiana University Bloomington), “Affinities between Dogs, Women, and Narrators in José Saramago”

12:45-2 pm
Lunch 

2-3:30 pm
Speaker panel II: Saramago’s Blindness Revisited
Moderator: Viktor Mendes (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

  • Viktor Mendes (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), “Blindness and Insight in Saramago’s Blindness (1995)”
  • YuXuan Liu (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), “Survival in the Postapocalyptic Society: Rethinking the Female Body in José Saramago’s Blindness
  • Viviane Faria & Thais Silveira (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), “‘Se podes olhar, vê. Se podes ver, repara’: Relações Sociais e Raciais na Crítica Social de José Saramago, Ensaio sobre a cegueira
  • Fernando Linhares (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), “Cain’s Blindness”

3:45-5 pm
Speaker panel III: Metaphors and Otherness in Saramago 
Moderator: Dário Borim Jr. (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

  • Luciana Namorato (Indiana University Bloomington), “Da pedra ao livro: Saramago por vias de Garrett, ou o livro de pedra saramaguiano”
  • Kathryn Bishop-Sanchez (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Full Focus on Disability: The Lame Hand of a Marked Woman in O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis

5-7:30
Reception at Harbor View Gallery, NBWM

 

Saturday, December 3
Marketplace, UMass Dartmouth main campus

9:30-10
Coffee reception

10-11:15
Anabela Mota Ribeiro, “‘Nadam-me peixes no sangue’: Os bichos, os rios, e a boa carnadura de Saramago”

Break

11:30-1
Roundtable “Saramago in New England”
Moderator: Patrícia Martinho Ferreira (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Panelists: José Ornelas (UMass Amherst), Frank Sousa (UMass Lowell), Anna M. Klobucka (UMass Dartmouth), and Viktor Mendes (UMass Dartmouth)

Lunch break

2:30-5 pm
Documentary José & Pilar 
Presented by Jeremy Lehnen (Brown University) and followed by a conversation with Pilar del Río and Anabela Mota Ribeiro


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