RHOSE 2: 7 Maio 2014, 18h00-20h00, sala 7.1
“Portuguese at Home in North America?”
AT HOME IN NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY? NOTES ON SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF PORTUGUESE AMERICANS
A contextualized reading of a couple of photographs of Portuguese American homes (and Portuguese Americans at home) belonging to the FSA documentary project will be the pretext for a discussion of issues of representation of immigration, ethnicity, class, individual and collective aims, and material culture.
ESPÍRITO SANTO ACROSS THE SEA: (RE)INTERPRETATIONS OF SALIENT AZOREAN TRADITIONS IN THE NEW WORLD
What does an immigrant people consider most important about their culture, and how do they adapt it to their new home? This work explores the literature, religious rites, and community-base traditions brought over by 20th-century Azorean immigrants to North America, and the ways in which the performance of these was shaped by their new country. Focus will be placed on the traditions that survived the move and why these were held as particularly representative of “Azorean-ness,” the relationship that successive generations have to these frequently distorted practices, and how they are a lens through which Azorean decedents and non-Azorean community members perceive an archipelago to which they have a tenuous connection.