On Tuesday, the 14th of Junho, at the University of Lisbon's Faculdade de Letras (Faculty of Letters), Instituto de Geografia e Planeamento do Território - IGOT in conjunction with the Centro de Estudos das Migrações e das Relações Interculturais - CEMRI, will be hosting the Workshop: Luso-Descendentes e Vivências Transnacionais: Algumas Linhas de Investigação (Luso-Descendants and Transnational Living: Some Lines of Research). This workshop under the coordination of João Sardinha (that would be me from CEMRI) and Sandra Silva (from IGOT), will, for the first time, bring together a number of Portuguese academic researchers who are carrying out research on descendants of Portuguese emigrants in the diaspora and also in the return setting, right here in Portugal. Issues up for debate tie together Luso-descendants and integration, identity, religion, media, football (soccer), and sense of belonging and conceptions of home.
At this workshop, I will also be premiering the short film: Narrativas de Regresso - Marta Raposo (Narratives of Return - Marta Raposo). Based on spoken accounts provided by the Luso-Canadian Fadista (or Fado singer if you will) Marta Raposo concerning her 'return' to Portugal in 2005 and her decision to go back to Canada in 2010 after 5 years of singing Fado in Portugal, this 15 minute film is the short version of the documentary made by your truely and António João Saraiva that will be launched in the Fall of this year, and will have as its title: Regressa Urgente (Urgent Return). More on that in the months to come.