Negotiating Place and Ethnic Experience: Joseph Conforti's Another City Upon a Hill

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives |UMass Dartmouth - March 5, 2019 - 5:00 — 6:30 pm

Negotiating Place and Ethnic Experience

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“Negotiating Place and Ethnic Experience:  Joseph Conforti's Another City Upon a Hill”

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives |UMass Dartmouth - March 5, 2019 - 5:00 — 6:30 pm

Abstract: Joseph Conforti’s Another City Upon a Hill (Tagus 2013) aims to contribute to the ethnic history of Fall River, particularly that of the Portuguese and Italians Americans, and also highlight their role is the mill industry in that city. In so doing, Conforti’s text also portrays the identity in negotiations taking place in a social environment where ethnicity was played down, exposing how the voice of the ethnic has filtered through the changing societal discourses of ethnic experience, What emerges is a text which provides another example how the ethnic experience of the Portuguese American community has sought outlets for its voice to be heard.

Carmen Ramos Vilar is the Director of Portuguese Studies at the University of Sheffield.  Her research interest in the Portuguese American community  began with her doctoral thesis (2004), which examined the theme of emigration n Portuguese literature, concentrating on the works produced by writers from  the Azores Islands and from the  Azorean- American community. She is currently looking at autobiographical writings, and biographical studies of the Portuguese American community in United States.

For information, please contact: Christpher Larkosh: clarkosh@umassd.edu 

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