de Sefarad

Diasporas, Identity and Globalization

19 — 21 June 2019
Bragança, Portugal



Guided by the stimulus of recovering the Sephardic memory and identity, the Municipality of Bragança now holds two fundamental spaces for its cultural life, dedicated to the subject: the Centre for the Interpretation of the Sephardi Culture in Northeastern Trás-os-Montes (CICS) and the Memorial and Documentation Centre  – Bragança Sefardita (Sephardi Memorial), both inaugurated in 2017 and located at the “Street of the Museums”, in the Historical Centre of Bragança.

To give relevance to this wager, the municipality of Bragança promoted, in that same year, the Land(s) of Sefarad – Encounters of Jewish-Sephardi Cultures. A great acceptance, a recognized success and a strong citizen participation in the diverse activities by the community of Bragança, as well as the national and spanish communities. Invited guests and speakers, both national and international, artists, musicians, among many others.

Consequently, a second edition of Land(s) of Sefarad – 2019 – was implicit, and explicit, in the diverse evaluations conducted by the partners and promoters of this project.

Thus, the journey of work, reflection and fruition presented here appears. And, in a deepening of what took place in June 2017 in Bragança, at this second Land(s) of Sefarad, we elected as the central theme the most complex, but more omnipresent, component of the Sephardic identity: the diaspora. 
«Diasporas, Identity and Globalization» is what is asked to us all today, citizens of a connected world, where the added value are added in the context of the valuation of the global in its relation with the local, in a creative tension that generates novelty.


Diasporas, Identity and Globalization
Bragança, 19—21 June 2019

Towards the end of the XV and XVI centuries, the Jewish-Sephardic communities, still in the Iberian Peninsula, were forced to a vast array of adaptations resulting from intolerance and persecution. The escape, when posible, was many times the option, having been forced to travel the world, searching for sustenance and survival in very often distant places.

This escape coincides, is both feeding and being fed, with the so called Opening of the World, the arrival to new continents and new cultures. In few generations, the Jewish families that once lived in the Iberian Peninsula will gain a diasporic dimension in which their elements may be spread in diverse locations of the globe.

The Jewish identity will be rebuilt in new locations but never irreducibly confined to them - “sefarad” will always be an almost mythical horizon. The identity will have this escape mark, of the need of, at any moment, to have to leave, to flee. The diaspora will be to these populations, an identity marking the notion of cosmopolitanism we have today: The transnational life, the international contacts, the establishment of networks.

Thus, we are not just facing a picture concerning a self identity, but rather, before a way of being in the world, of conceiving it, which is the matrix of modernity itself.

To bring Lands of Sefarad to this subject  is to connect the most distant of this collective past to the most vertiginous of the present: equating an identity that, far from being static, is an identity in change and recreating on its own instability, constantly seeking tools for its survival.

Call for Papers

Reception of proposal for communications open until 01 April 2019 *

The proposals for communications must be sent to:

The proposals, explained in a word file, will have the following elements:
• Title of the communication
• Author(s) and respective entity (institution)
• Communication abstract (up to 2500 characters)
• Three to five keywords

* In a phased way, the decision of the Scientific Committee will be communicated to each applicant on the following dates: 1 March, 1 April and 1 May, depending on the date of reception.

All the abstracts will be published in the e.book
The conferences will be published in publication that gathers the proceedings of the congress.


 Thematic Areas (calls) 

1. Theological disputes (Christianity - Judaism)
2. Escape routes, places of passage, destinations
3. Inquisition, persecution and reformulation of identities
4. Institutions, hosting and return to Judaism
5. Networks, dynamics and economy
6. Construction of modernity, ideas and thought
7. Communities in diaspora
8. Aliah, imaginaries of return and contemporary reconstruction of identities
9. Holocaust, Memory and Human Rights

Structure / Organization

Promoting  Entity:  Município de Bragança

Scientific Coordination: Cátedra de Estudos Sefarditas «Alberto Benveniste» da Universidade de Lisboa

Partner: Centro de Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas da Universidade de Aveiro

Scientific Committee:  Maria de Fátima Dias dos Reis (President)

Organizing Committee: Paulo Mendes Pinto (coord.), Susana Milão, José António Caria Mendes and Inês Nogueiro.



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