Lisbon Melville Conference
"Over Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors"
University of Lisbon - Center for English Studies
July 3 – 5, 2019
Herman Melville (1819-1891), sailor and writer, plowed the ocean as a tablet to be read, gazing at the white page where unfathomable characters surface to the eyes of the puzzled reader. “Captain” Walt Whitman (1819-1892), on the other hand, writing “in cabin’d ships at sea,” broke open and passed the divide between in- and out-of-doors, as he urged his book to “speed on.” Both were born 200 years ago.
ULICES' Research Group in American Studies is pleased to announce the international conference and exhibition “Over_Seas: Melville, Whitman and All the Intrepid Sailors,” to be held on 3-5 July, 2019. We aim to foreground the international afterlife of both authors and their contribution to the interconnectedness between the arts, sciences, human philosophy and history, with a special focus on the imagination and memory of the oceans. In line with one of the group’s main axes of research, “(Re)imagining shared pasts over the sea and across borders: dialogue, reception and projections between the USA, the Americas, and Europe,” the title “Over_Seas” accommodates an eagerness to pore over the depths of wild and cultured nature(s), as well as the transatlantic and transnational dynamics that Melville, Whitman, and various writers on both sides of the Atlantic have helped to shape. In Portugal, the Atlantic will also be the subject of a special celebration in 2019, the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães’s circumnavigation voyage.
The events of our conference will take place at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese National Library, and other public spaces devoted to cultural dissemination and to the promotion of the vital resources within our ocean(s).
This bicentennial celebration aims to bring together scholars with expertise not only in nineteenth- century American literature and culture, but also in areas related with the broader and interdisciplinary themes envisaged by the conference itself. Participation of junior researchers and students is especially welcome. Possible topics include:
Registration fee: 160 euros general public / 80 euros students (early bird until May 5, 2019) 200 euros / 100 euros after May 5
Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP; Margarida Vale de Gato, CEAUL-FLUL; Teresa Cid, CEAUL-FLUL
Dana Luciano, Rutgers University
Edgardo Medeiros Silva, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP Isabel Alves, CEAUL/UTAD
Isabel Oliveira Martins, FCSH – UNOVA Lisboa Jeffrey S. Childs, Universidade Aberta
Maria Antónia Lima, Universidade de Évora
Maria Irene Ramalho dos Santos, Universidade de Coimbra Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Umeå University
Reinaldo F. Silva, Universidade de Aveiro
Richard King, Williams College and Mystic Seaport Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL
Susana Araújo, CEC - FLUL
Teresa Castilho, Universidade do Porto Teresa F. A. Alves, CEAUL – FLUL
Executive Committee: Anabela Duarte, CEAUL – FLUL; Bernardo Palmeirim, CEAUL – FLUL; Isabel Alves, CEAUL / UTAD; Cecilia Beecher Martins, CEAUL – FLUL; Jeffrey S. Childs., UAberta; Maria do Céu Marques, CEAUL/UAberta; Marta Soares, CEAUL – FLUL / ISCSP; Nuno Marques, CEAUL-FLUL/ Umeå University ; Rute Beirante, CEAUL – FLUL.