CFP: Peripheral Discourses of Modernity(ies)

Insula International Colloquium

1st Insula International Colloquium

Peripheral Discourses of Modernity(ies)

Funchal  |  University of Madeira Island (Portugal)

CIERL – Research Center for Regional & Local Studies

19, 20 and 21 November 2015

Submission of proposals by May 30, 2015

New deadline for submissions: June 15, 2015.

In March 1915, issue No. 1 of OrpheuQuarterly Literary Magazine, the focus of interest of which would go way beyond literary creation, was published in Lisbon. In search of the new and the modern, Orpheu sought to break with the dominant cultural values and practices of the Portuguese cultural system. The so called 1st Portuguese Modernism developed, thus, in an ambivalent political-cultural context. If Lisbon was, on the one hand, capital of a ‘colonial empire’ and of the national cultural system, on the other, it was a marginal city in relation to Paris and the main European cities.

As with Lisbon in 1916, islands also have a paradoxical character. On the one hand, they are perceived as the periphery in relation to continental areas, without ceasing, however, to be affective, cultural and identity reference centres to those who were born and/or live on them. On the other hand, as spaces of transit and encounters, insular peripheries (as well ascontinental others) are also socio-cultural and political realities marked by transgression and, to that extent, spaces of innovation and (re)creativity.

Shifting the focus of academic attention to spaces, cultural phenomena, subjects and/or epistemological and creative perspectives considered peripheral (in particular, those insular), the 1st Insula International Colloquium – Peripheral Discourses of Modernity(ies) may be seen as a meeting that seeks to potentiate reflections on the map of modernism and modernity. While needing to give attention to Western metropolitan centres, this new cartography of modernity should also (re)view the cultural, epistemological and re-creative density of peripheries (both insular and continental), questioning itself about the modernities and modernisms they gave rise to.

According to several authors, high European modernism was played by “people from the province migrating to the great capitals of Europe, who will generate, for that reason, a culture of internationalisation and defamiliarisation” (Silvestre, 2008). But what has happened in reverse, i.e., from the centres to the peripheries? How were the vanguards of the early twentieth century and other modernisms and modernities experienced in geopolitical and cultural spaces considered peripheral? How did insular societies and subjects (European and colonial) respond to the newproposed by these (and other) modernisms? What role has been assigned to peripheral geo-cultural spaces in the construction of the narrative about the various modernisms and the diverse modernities?

In line with these concerns, CIERL – Research Centre for Regional and local Studies invites submissions of paper proposals for the 1stInsula International Colloquium, guided by the purpose of studying and discussing peripheral discourses of modernity(ies).

» Modernism(s) and Modernity(ies):

  1. Peripheries and centres: dichotomies and/or implications? Multidisciplinary perspectives;
  2. Marginality(ies) in agents and cultural phenomena of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
  3. The media in dissemination, legitimation and questioning of values and discourses;
  4. The Museum, Archive, Library, Editorial Activity, school: the role of these institutions in revising and revisiting modernisms and modernities;
  5. Literature, mobility, interculturality;
  6. Transits, translation, modalisations and transculturality;
  7. Nature, art, technology, science: knowledge building; (re)creation/(re)construction; human relationship with the eco-socio-cultural context;
  8. Rethinking the polis and the urban space;
  9. Affections, thought, spirituality;
  10. Subject, crisis and psychoanalysis.

Submission of proposals

Colloquium languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

Paper (20m) and poster presentation (10m) proposals should be sent to the following e mailinsula, with the following elements:

a) Title

b) Abstract (c. 200 words)

c) Participant’s name, affiliation, email address,

d) Short bio note.

e) 5 keywords

Deadline for submission of proposals: May 30 June, 15 2015

Admission Feedback: June 30, 2015

– Participants with paper or poster:

* Until July 30, 2015 – 50 €

* Between August 1 and September 31, 2015 – 75 €

* Between October 1  and November 10, 2015 – 100 €

– Participants without a paper:

* Non UMa students – 15 €

* UMa Students providing enrolment document – free registration.

Registration will only be validated after receipt of payment.

Publishing: papers will be published after being refereed by the scientific committee.

All registered and paying participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Colloquium proceedings will be credited as training hours by the Regional Secretariat for Education and Human Resources of the ARM.


Scientific Committee:

  • Alexandra Lopes (Univ. Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)
  • Alberto Carvalho (Univ. Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Aline Bazenga (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Ana Isabel Moniz (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Ana Ruth Vidal Luengo (Univ. Las Palmas, Canárias, Espanha)
  • António Fournier (Univ. Turim, Itália)
  • Bernardo Vasconcelos (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Gabriel Fernandes (Univ, Santiago, Cabo Verde)
  • Ilan Kelman (Univ. College of London, Reino Unido)
  • José Manuel Marrero Henríquez (Univ. Las Palmas, Canárias, Espanha)
  • Juan José Miguel Tobal (Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Espanha)
  • Leonor Martins Coelho (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Margarida Pocinho (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Maria Isabel González Cruz (Univ. Las Palmas, Canárias, Espanha)
  • María Teresa Cáceres Lorenzo (Univ. Las Palmas, Canárias, Espanha)
  • Nelson Veríssimo (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Nilo Palenzuela (Univ. La Laguna, Canárias, Espanha)
  • Noemi Serrano (Universidad de Cadiz, Espanha)
  • Paulo Miguel Rodrigues (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Philip M. Hosay (New York University, EUA)
  • Regina Capelo (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Rui Guilherme Silva (CIERL-UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Urbano Bettencourt (CIERL-UMa, Madeira, Portugal)
  • Vítor Magalhães (UMa, Madeira, Portugal)

Organising Committee:

Ana Isabel Moniz (CIERL-UMa)

Ana Salgueiro (CIERL-UMa)

Filipe Gomes (CIERL-UMa)

Leonor Martins Coelho (CIERL-UMa)

Regina Capelo (CIERL-UMa)

Rui Guilherme Silva (CIERL-UMa)

Catarina Teixeira (CIERL-UMa)