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Fernando Arenas

Fernando Arenas

Fernando Arenas


  • Lusophone African, Portuguese, and Brazilian Studies
  • Comparative interdisciplinary studies in the Portuguese-speaking world
  • popular music, film, literature
  • nationhood, postcolonialism, globalization
  • sexuality and gender
  • modernities

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Luso-Brazilian Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1994.


  • Arenas, Fernando. Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence. University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
  • Arenas, Fernando. Utopias of Otherness: Nation and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil. University of Minnesota Press, 2003.
  • Susan C. Quinlan and Fernando Arenas. Lusosex: Gender and Subjectivity in the Portuguese-Speaking World. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Research Activities

  • “Between Migration and Citizenship: Cultural Imaginings at the Borderlines of Africa and Europe“: 2010-11
  • Guggenheim Fellowship: Globalization, Postcolonialism, and the Cultures of Lusophone Africa, 2005 - 2006
  • Grant in Aid in Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, Graduate School, University of Minnesota : For research in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and Sí£o Tomé & Prí­ncipe, 1999 - 2000

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Professor of Brazilian and Lusophone African Studies: Harvard University, Department of Romance Language & Literatures , 2003
  • Visiting Professor of Portuguese and Angolan Literature: Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , 2002
  • Guest Lecturer: Brown University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Kennesaw State University, Smith College, University of Arizona, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, UMass-Dartmouth, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin , 2002 - 2010
  • Member, Executive Committee: Portuguese Division, Modern Language Association , 2002 - 2006

Outreach Activities

  • Guest Speaker, Discussion Facilitator, Interpreter: Walker Art Center (Film Program), 1999 - 2009
  • Consultant, Wilson Library: Acquistions in Portuguese, Lusophone African, and Brazilian Cultures, 1995 - 2010
  • Consultant, Language Center, University of Minnesota: DVD/Video Acquistions from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa, 1995 - 2010


  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2005 - 2006

Courses Taught

  • Topics in Lusophone Cultures: Lusophone Transatlantic Matrix
  • Literatures and Cultures of Lusophone Africa
  • Popular Music in the Portuguese-Speaking World
  • Film Studies in Portuguese
  • Discourses of Sexuality in Portuguese and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
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