Fernando Arenas is a Professor in the field of Portuguese, encompassing Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé & Príncipe), with an emphasis on literature, film, and popular music, which he studies through an interdisciplinary and theoretical prism centering on the dyad of post-colonialism and globalization. At DAAS, Prof. Arenas teaches courses that focus on Africa and its diaspora with an emphasis on the Lusophone world. He received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and taught for 16 years in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. In 2005-06, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the completion of Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which is forthcoming in Portuguese translation in a revised and expanded version, África lusófona: além da independência. He is also the author of Utopias of Otherness: Nationhood and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) and co-editor together with Susan C. Quinlan of Lusosex: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). He has been a visiting professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) and at Harvard University.
His current research project is titled, “Migratory Flows in the Portuguese-Speaking World: At the Crossroads of Interculturality, Community, and Citizenship,” entailing the analysis of contemporary multidirectional migratory flows within the Lusophone world, involving Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and Angola.
Other Recent Publications
“Cinematic and Literary Representations of Africans and Afro-descendents in Contemporary Portugal: Conviviality and Conflict on the Margins.” Caderno de Estudos Africanos 24 (2012) : 165-186.
“A Filmografia de Licínio Azevedo: Retratos da Pós-Guerra em Moçambique.” Filmes da África e da Diáspora. Eds. Alessandra Meleiro & Mohamed Bamba, Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia (EDUFBA), 2012.
“Fernando Pessoa: o drama homoerótico.” O corpo em pessoa. eds. Ana Klobucka and Mark Sabine (Lisbon: Assírio & Alvim, 2010)
“The Renaissance of Angolan Cinema.” Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies. 15/16 (2010) : 203-214.
“Teaching Lusophone African Fiction.” Teaching the African Novel. Ed. Gaurav Desai. New York: MLA Publications, 2009.