Fernando Arenas

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Fernando Arenas

Director, Portuguese Program
Professor of Afroamerican and African studies

  • About

    Fernando Arenas is a Professor of Lusophone Cultural Studies, encompassing Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking 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 phenomena connected to the aftermath of colonialism and globalization. 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 long-term research project focuses on migratory flows in the Portuguese-speaking world and issues related to interculturality, community, and citizenship, reflected in his new book project, “Afro-Portuguese, New Portuguese: From Migration to Citizenship” (working title).

    Selected Publications


    “África na Tela.”  Texto e Tela. Eds. Fabiana Carelli, Fátima Bueno & Maria Zilda da Cunha. Programa de Estudos Comparados de Literaturas de Língua Portuguesa. Departamento de Letras Clássicas e Vernáculas. Universidade de São Paulo. (E-book), 2014. ISBN: 978-85-7506-241-8. http://200.144.182.130/estudoscomp/images/Texto-e-Tela.pdf

    “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: corporalidade, género, sexualidade. eds. Ana Klobucka and Mark Sabine (Lisbon: Assírio & Alvim, 2010).

    “Teaching Lusophone African Fiction.” Teaching the African Novel. Ed. Gaurav Desai. New York: MLA Publications, 2009.