Dr. Jose Gabriel Andrade was among the featured speakers at the 7th Lusocom conference in Cape Verde from 19-21- October 2016.
In his talk, Dr. Andrade noted that Portuguese language demand has been growing around the world since 2008, the year of the global economic crisis in the leading industrialized countries. Since then, he noted, young people in many countries have been exploring economic opportunities in Lusophone countries, and registering for Portuguese language courses. He also noted that Portuguese is the 4th language on Facebook and 3rd on Twitter.
Dr. Andrade’s presentation also explored the rising global reach of Lusophone culture in music, films, and television productions, which are extending through digital networks throughout the world.
The Lexington Press, an academic publishing arm of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., has engaged a global group of scholars to prepare a book for publication in late 2017 entitled Brazil and the Emergence of a Digital Lusosphere. The book’s editor is Valnora Leister, a member of the faculty of James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia USA) and former Guggenheim Fellow of the Smithsonian Institute who has written a series of papers and articles on the impact of information and communications technologies in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. Other contributors to the volume include scholars and researchers from leading universities and institutes in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone countries in Africa. Rowman & Littlefield previously published The Anglosphere Challenge, by James C. Bennett (2004).
Recent publications have documented opportunities and challenges for Internet-assisted cultural integration in the Portuguese speaking world. Among them are “Brazil’s Role in Expanding the Digital Lusosphere,” a paper presented by Valnora Leister at LASA2016/LASA at 50, XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 2016. Subsequently, “Integração Digital Lusófona,” also by Valnora Leister, has been published in Análise Européia, Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Europeus (Novembro 2016, vol 1, n.2). The publications are available for download at:
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