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Reading at the border. African literatures in Portuguese in a comparative perspective – until December 20, 2015

Editors: Fabrice Schurmans and Margarida Calafate Ribeiro

The deadline for submission is December 20, 2015

This issue of e-cadernos CES seeks to pave the way to a critique open to diversity which does not ignore borders but does not remain bound to them either. As in other contexts, many texts from Portuguese-speaking African nations have a local meaning but they also easily migrate to the “border”, where they no longer transmit something fundamental about what it means to be a Mozambican, an Angolan or a Guinean, but very simply about what it means to be human. From this perspective, a number of contemporary writers belongs to what is now called “World Literature”, a concept that has been accepted by many authors from the Caribbean and Africa. Although rooted in specific contexts, this is a literature that speaks of human beings and their fundamental problems and thus circulates and travels – hence dissipating the reality of national borders. We welcome contributions with a critical reflection on this notion, as well as on the actual act of comparing, because, if comparing in itself enriches the analysis, comparatism as an object of reflection offers new perspectives of major interest.

With this in mind, the organizers intend to contribute to a new chapter in the study of African literatures in Portuguese. From close comparison in the same language, we intend to proceed to comparisons between literary systems and between different languages in order to show how literary works in Portuguese are close to or drift away from other African literary practices. Proposals should therefore be based on a comparison between a literary work from a Portuguese-speaking African nation and the work of one or more authors stemming from different linguistic contexts in Africa.

E-cadernos ces is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. The journal is currently indexed in CAPES, EBSCO and Latindex. For more information about this publication see

Texts should be presented in final version, Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. Manuscripts must not exceed 60,000 characters (with spaces), including notes and references. For the final section @cetera, other manuscripts may be submitted (up to 35,000 characters), such as interviews and discussions (up to 25,000 characters) or book reviews (up to 5,000 characters).

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at Manuscripts should be sent by email to and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “African literature in Portuguese in a comparative perspective”.

All manuscripts will go through a blind peer review process.

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