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Lecture: Contemporary Migrations in Brazil and Portuguese as Welcoming Language

Lecture: Contemporary Migrations in Brazil and Portuguese as Welcoming Language

Alencar Guth (Portuguese Instructor at University of Georgia) will talk on reflections about migratory practices and policies both in Brazil and United States.

It is not new that language and globalization are linked, nor is the idea that globalization and migratory practices have close links. Nevertheless, today there are new forced migratory streams occurring in different parts of the world, caused by economic crisis, political persecutions, wars, and natural disasters. This phenomenon inspires some policies of (non)welcoming for these individuals who trail this path – most of the times tortuous – searching for a place where their rights as human beings may be assured. Taking into account forced migrations in the Brazilian context, this talk aims to explain how South-South migration happens, as well as its repercussions in the policies of access to some public services in Brazil and how Portuguese works as a Welcoming  Language to refugees, stateless people, and humanitarian visa holders. Besides some important concepts in this interdisciplinary studies field – and one of the Applied Linguistics arms – there will be presented a frame of ‘Portuguese as Welcoming Language’ practices in the city of Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. 

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

College of Liberal Arts, LA4110
Towson University, 8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252, USA

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Lectures


Academic Affairs, Foreign Languages Department, Liberal Arts (College of)

Target Audience

Students, General Public



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