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Global Crossings: Brazil and Cultural Dialogues in the Portuguese-Speaking World


Admission requirements

Major students: pending the OER
Other students: contact tutor.


The course provides a broad survey of the complex network of exchanges and intersections in the Portuguese-speaking world, to help shed light on Brazil in a global perspective. Cultural connections within the Portuguese-speaking world that will be considered might include the cultural links between Brazil and Cape Verde, for example, or the history of migration to/from Portugal, cultural transits between Brazil and India and East Timor. The course will discuss key cultural concepts and a variety of texts and genres (written and filmic) as it explores a fascinating history of cultural exchange. Topics covered might include: the Atlantic as a space of memory and resistance, culture as resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts; cultural representations of slavery and its aftermath; writing and orality; migration and diaspora.

Course objectives

  • Gain an understanding of key historical and contemporary connections of Brazil in transnational perspective, with particular attention to Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia;

  • Study of some key authors and texts in the development of Lusophone African national canons and connections with Brazilian culture;

  • Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis of literary and filmic texts;

  • Familiarize students with cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks which help illuminate the texts at hand;

  • Spoken and written presentation skills;

  • Development of critical and analytical skills (oral and written);

  • Communication and presentation skills (oral and written);

  • Research skills.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

  • Total course of 5 EC is 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hrs;

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature/view films/material online: 70 hours;

  • Time for completing assignments or preparation classes: 10 hours;

  • Time to write essays (incl.preparation/research): 34 hours.

Assessment method


-1 essay composition to be submitted at the end of the course: approx. 3000 words.
-Class presentation.

Major students: assignments in Portuguese. Other students can do their assignments in English/Spanish.


Weighting: Presentation: 30%
Essay – 70%


new essay submission of approx. 3500-4000 words

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

Reading list will be made available to students in due course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr Sara Brandellero

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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