You are all invited to the launch of my book This Pilgrim Nation on Wed., January 15, starting at 7pm, at the Supermarket Bar on 268 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market. The event will feature a brief performance by Portuguese guitar maker and player Nuno Cristo, and a conversation between me and our department's PhD alumni Dr. Susana Miranda. Refreshments will be provided. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500665777202899/
About the book:
This book explores and compares the transnational histories of Portuguese communities in Canada and the United States, and the role played by the Estado Novo imperialist dictatorship and later the post-1974 democratic government of Portugal in the formation of their diasporic consciousness and institutions. It considers the ethnic, racial, class, gender, linguistic, regional, and generational permutations of "Portuguese" diaspora(s) against the backdrop of the Cold War, the American Civil Rights movement, the Portuguese Colonial Wars, and Canadian multiculturalism. Besides showing that diasporas and nations can be co-dependent, This Pilgrim Nation counters the common notion that hybrid diasporic identities are largely benign by revealing how they can perpetuate asymmetrical power relations when associated with imperial notions of pluri-continental citizenship.