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The Department of Portuguese if FAH is pleased to invite all those interested to the International Colloquium  “Belated, beyond and out of place? Avant-garde movements in non-hegemonic contexts”, being held on November 23 to 25, 2022, via Zoom.


Colloquium Info

The first decades of the 20th century witnessed the emergence of the historical avant-gardes. Their center of creation and above all diffusion was undisputed: European avant-garde groups spread the good news of aesthetic and political transgressions, ranging from new artistic forms, materials and conceptions to an everyday art of performance, mixing in an ideally undistinguishable manner art and life.

The worldwide presence of the European avant-garde movements would not have been possible without a series of new means of communication and transportation. On the one hand, the news could achieve transnational audiences through radio waves, transatlantic telegraph cables, a network of magazines and journals, pamphlets and manifestoes, faster international courier services, and last but not least the cinema and its powerful grip on the collective unconscious. On the other, swift transatlantic lines, expedite train travels and adventurous although much rarer airplane voyages allowed for an authentic procession of artists, writers and intellectuals from Europe to virtually all corners of the globe.

How did the materiality of those new means of communication and transportation impact the aesthetic production in non-hegemonic cultures and political contexts? How did this materiality implied an unprecedented sense of simultaneity, which in its turn turned upside-down traditional 19th-century notions such as belatedness, backwardness, artistic and cultural legging?

1922 has been consecrated as the annus mirabilis of Literary and Aesthetic Modernism. A century later this research project aims at writing a new history of the avant-garde movements through a Cubist approach and perspective, weaving together different times and places, cultures and historical traditions.



  • David Jackson (Yale University)  – Brazilian Concrete Poetry and the appropriation of hegemony
  • Zhang Longxi (City University of Hong Kong) – Borges and China: Affinities and Influence
  • Ottmar Ette (Potsdam University) – Avant-Gards and transcultural exchange or Vicente Huidobro‘s oscillation between Spanish and French
  • Caetano Galindo (Federal University of Paraná) – Nostalgic for the “Nostos”: will Joyce’s Ulysses ever cease to be out of place?
  • Ren Haiyan (Hunan Normal University) – The Re-location of Robinson Crusoe in China: Global Context and Local Dynamics
  • Pablo Rocca (Universidad de la República – Uruguay) – Avant-Garde and Nativism in Uruguayan literature (Some features and the critical reception of Jorge Luis Borges).
  • Marilia Librandi (Princeton University) – Indigenous Critique to Brazilian Modernism: Collage of Cosmopolitical Citations
  • Jorge Federico Márquez Muñoz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM) – Political Sciences in Latin America and the notions of Backwardness and Underdevelopment
  • Sandra Vasconcelos (University of São Paulo – USP) – Reading the History of the Novel from the Periphery of Capitalism
  • João Cezar de Castro Rocha (State University of Rio de Janeiro) – Belated, beyond and out of place? Avant-garde movements in non-hegemonic contexts
  • Omid Azadibougar (Hunan Normal University) – Dislocating Language: Persian Avant-Garde and Parviz Shapour’s Carikalamature
  • Barbara Fernández Melleda (Hong Kong University) – The Chilean Landscape in Ai Qing’s Poetry: Visiting Pablo Neruda in 1954


Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau) – Art and Exhibition: On the Significance of Walter Benjamin’s Art Theory Today

Matthew Gibson (University of Macau) – Analytical Philosophy and Modernism: Beckett’s Company and the Viennese Logical Positivists

Raquel Abi-Sâmara (University of Macau) – New Media in Brazilian Modernism: Reading Alcântara Machado





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