International Colloquium – The Carnation Revolution: Global Perspectives

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April 4 – 6, 2024 Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

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Paula C. G. Noversa, UMass Dartmouth

Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University (Belfast)

Daniela Melo, Boston University

The year 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, a seminal event in Portuguese history.

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture in coordination with the Ferreira-Mendes PortugueseAmerican Archives is pleased to announce that it is hosting an international conference on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of April 2024. The theme is “The Carnation Revolution: Global Perspectives”. This conference will explore the global cause and impact of the Carnation Revolution reflecting scholarship on the metropole, the empire, and the diaspora. The goal of the conference is to bring together individuals from a variety of academic fields to discuss the multifaceted aspects of the revolution throughout the Lusophone world.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

1 - 1:30pm

1:30 - 2pm

CIE Lobby: Coffee & Registration

CIE, CR4A: Welcome Address

Dr. Paula C. G. Noversa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

2 - 3:15pm

Panel 1: The Carnation Revolution: Reaction in the Diaspora


Paula Noversa, UMassD, chair

Daniela Melo, Boston University, “The Revolution Comes to the U.S.: Portuguese Diasporic Activism in New England”

Gilberto Fernandes, York University (Toronto), “No More Yearning: Revolutionary Tremors in Canada’s Portuguese Community”

3:15 - 3:30pm

3:30 - 5pm

5 - 5:15pm

5:15 - 6:45pm

Lobby, break

Panel 2: Black Carnation I: The Revolution in the African Diaspora


Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University, Belfast, chair

Victor Barros, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “Cape Verdean Diaspora in Lisbon and the Carnation Revolution”

Aurora Almada e Santos, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “The United Nations, the End of the Estado Novo”

Iolanda Maria Alves Évora, ISEG, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “Telling our Stories, Challenging Narratives. The Carnation Revolution from the Perspective of People of African Descent”

Lobby, break

Panel 3: Luso-American Relations and the Carnation Revolution


Lily Havstad, Harvard University, “Lessons from the Carnation Revolution: Armed Resistance and Nonviolent Direct Action in Global Perspective”

Christianna Leahy, McDaniel College, “International Entanglements in the Portuguese Revolution”

Frédéric Heurtebize, Université Paris Nanterre, “US Labor and the Carnation Revolution”

Miguel Moniz, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, “Estado Novo Cultural Diplomacy and Political Influence Operations in the United States. A Context for Immigrant Community Responses to the 1974, 25 de Abril Revolution”

Friday, April 5, 2024

New Bedford Whaling Museum

9 - 9:45am

9:45 - 10am

10 - 11:30am

Jacobs Family Gallery: Coffee & Registration

Cook Memorial Theatre: Welcome Dr. Paula C. G. Noversa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

Panel 4: The Carnation Revolution through the Prism of Literature


Valeria H. Monteagudo de Campos, SESI and Universidade de São Paulo, “Morte e Vida: Antitheses pré e pós Revolução dos Cravos na poesia de Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen”

Ana Margarida Fonseca, ILCML Universidade de Porto, “Filhas da Revolução: a (in)visibilidade da Escrita Ficcional de Autoras Afrodescendentes”

Conceição Brandão, ILCML Universidade de Porto, “Sacrifice, Freedom and Memory of the Carnation Revolution: Between The Day of the Prodigies and The Memorables of Lídia Jorge”

Dora Gago, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “Voices and Silences of April in The Memorables by Lídia Jorge: Ernesto Salamida, “the invisible messenger”

11:30am - 12:30pm

12:45 - 2:30pm

2:30 - 2:45pm

2:45 - 4:15pm

Harbor View Gallery: Lunch

Film Screening “O Que Podem as Palavras” (2022, 77 minutes) Collaborators: Luísa Marinho and Luisa Sequeira. A film about the creation and the impact of the book “Novas Cartas Portuguesas” (1972) by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa. This documentary features exclusive interviews with the three authors of Novas Cartas Portuguesas and includes archival footage from the time, reflecting the period of the April 25th Revolution.


Panel 5: The Carnation Revolution: Women & Gender


Daniela Melo, Boston University, chair

Patrícia Calca, ISCTE Lisbon, “Portuguese Women’s Legislative Behavior in the Democratic Era (post-1974)”

Joana Matias, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “Pink Carnations: Notes on the Place of Gender and Sexuality in the History of the Revolution”

Isabel Freire, Independent Scholar, “Was Sexuality the Elephant in the Room in the Aftermath of the Carnation Revolution”

4:15 - 4:30pm

4:30 - 5:45pm

7 - 9pm

Break Panel 6: Black Carnation II: Africa’s Role in the Revolution


Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University, Belfast, “Mozambique and the Carnation Revolution”

Marçal de Menezes Paredes, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, “Carnation Revolution and the Global Cold War Connections: a Southern Perspective”

Jean-Miachael Mabeko-Tali, Howard University, “Angolan Armed Struggle in 1974-75: How the Metropolitan Struggles for Political Position Impacted an Already Complex Anticolonial War”

Cocktail hour & dinner

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Charlton College of Business (UMass Dartmouth)

10 - 10:30am

10:30am - 12pm

12 - 1pm

1 - 2pm

2:15 - 5pm

CCB Lobby: Coffee & Registration

Panel 7: The Carnation Revolution: Global Ideological Impact


Warjio, Universitas Sumatera Utara (Medan, Indonesia), “The Impact of the Carnation Revolution For Indonesia”

Madhu, Miranda House, University of Delhi, “Nationalism, Democracy and Identity: The Case of Goa”

Reinaldo I. Lohn, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Between Revolution and Transition: The Influence of the Portuguese Revolution on debates about the Brazilian political transition (1974-1979

Rui Graça Feijo, NOVA Universidade de Lisboa, “Wayfarers & Pathways: Public Sphere, Agency and Indeterminacy in the Portuguese Carnation Revolution”

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Exhibit

Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room, Lunch

CCB, 149: Roundtable Discussion: The Carnation Revolution: Community Voices


Pre-registration is preferred.

Send your name, affiliation (if any), and the dates of attendance to Robin Couto at with the subject heading “CPSC CONFERENCE REGISTRATION”.

Please also indicate if you will be joining us for lunch and dinner on day 2 and/or lunch on day 3.


If you are planning to stay in the New Bedford area, we recommend:

Fairfield by Marriott International

185 Macarthur Drive New Bedford, MA 02740

New Bedford Harbor Hotel

222 Union Street New Bedford, MA 02740


Thursday: Ample parking is provided at the UMassD Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (151 Martine St. Fall River)

Friday: Guests at the NB Whaling Museum should use the Elm Street Parking Garage (51 Elm Street, NB)

Saturday: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (285 Old Westport Road) use Parking Lot #14.

285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300 508.999.8000 |

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