UMass Dartmouth welcomes Dr Eric Morier-Genaud from Belfast as Chair of Portuguese Studies
DARTMOUTH – Eric Morier-Genaud, visiting professor of Portuguese studies at UMass Dartmouth, who normally teaches at Queen’s University Belfast, said he sometimes felt “a bit isolated” academically in Ireland from North.
“Being in Belfast, as you can imagine, Portuguese is not a priority,” Prof Morier-Genaud said at a reception on October 28 at UMass Dartmouth Library to welcome him on campus and present it to the community as Helio. and the AmÃ©lia Pedroso / Luso American Development Foundation Chair in Portuguese Studies.
Dr Morier-Genaud, who has immersed himself in research on religion and politics, war and conflict resolution in the Portuguese-speaking world and southern Africa, will spend the fall semester at UMass Dartmouth teaching a postgraduate seminar entitled âArmed conflicts and movements in Portuguese – Talking about Africa.
He said one of his goals was to engage his students in collective discussions about the impact of social movements within the Portuguese military in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau before the Carnation Revolution in the United States. Portugal April 25, 1974.
He also plans to host an off-campus conference, offer a lunchtime lecture series and collaborate with Tagus Press, the editorial arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.
âI thought it would be great, and it turned out to be a great pleasure, to be able to teach a subject close to my heart. It is something that I lived, something in which I invested a lot â, he declared, while evoking the reason which pushed him to apply for this post of endowed president.
âI applied because the Center for Portuguese Studies is very well known internationally,â he added. âIt is really the main center outside the Portuguese-speaking world. I don’t think there is an equivalence.
While most Portuguese centers are deeply concentrated in linguistics or literature, that of UMass Dartmouth is attached to the Portuguese-American Archives, a publishing house, collaborates with multidisciplinary departments and is linked to the local Portuguese community.
âIt’s pretty unique,â ââhe said.
Dr Genaud graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton (United States), where he obtained his doctorate on the politics of the Roman Catholic Church in colonial Mozambique. He joined Queen’s University in September 2008, having spent the previous six years as a researcher and lecturer at the universities of Oxford, Lausanne and Basel (Switzerland).
He said he looks forward to leaving a positive mark on the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.
“What a pleasure for me to contribute to a project which, in my opinion, has a great future and which deserves to be supported”, declared Dr Morier-Genaud. “I hope I can help and make my contribution, no matter how small or small, but I will try to do my best.”
Dr Mark Fuller, Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, noted that this endowed chair was established in 2005 by benefactors Luis Pedroso, Maria Dulce Alves Furman, Anthony Andrade, Frank B. Sousa Jr. and Manuel Neto.
âIt is a unique gift that has enabled us to welcome to our campus more than 15 distinguished academics in Portuguese studies,â he said. âTheir work celebrated Portuguese-speaking cultures around the world. They have taught postgraduate courses, shared their knowledge with the community through public lectures, organized a series of seminars that have benefited our students, staff and the Southcoast community. We are very grateful to be able to enrich the learning, understanding and celebration of Portuguese culture by our students through this endowed chair.
Dr Fuller went on to say that the Portuguese-American community is a “vital part of the fabric of the South Coast” and that the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is “an integral part” of the UMass curriculum. Dartmouth.
âI would like to thank Dr. [Paula] Noversa (the director of the Center) and her colleagues for all the wonderful work that the center is doing â, declared the Chancellor. “Thank you all for joining us this evening in welcoming Dr. Eric Morier-Genaud to UMass Dartmouth.”