Eduardo Lourenço was born on May 23, 1923, in S. Pedro de Rio Seco, Almeida, Guarda. He is the oldest son (of seven) of Abílio de Faria, officer of the Army, and of Maria de Jesus Lourenço. He attended primary school in his home village. He attended secondary school in Guarda and completed his secondary studies in the Military College in Lisbon. He studied History-Philosophy at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, where he graduated on July 23, 1946, with a dissertation entitled "The Meaning of Dialectics in Absolute Idealism. First Part”.
Interview | 31 jul 2017, Público
Helder Macedo, acclaimed poet, novelist and essayist, graduated in Literature and History (1971) and got his PhD in Letters (1974) at King's College, London, where he began lecturing in 1971.
Since 2005, he is Emeritus Professor at King's College, University of London, where he was the Camoes' Chairman (1982-2004), Director of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (until 1991), Associated Director of the Institute of Romance Studies and founder and editor of the Portuguese Studies Journal (1985-2004). He is a fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon and of King's College, University of London, as well as Comendador of the Ordem de Santiago da Espada.
In Portugal, he is associated researcher of the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra. He was General Director for the Performing Arts in the Ministry of Social Communication (1975) and Secretary of State for Culture (1979).
Visiting professor at Harvard (1981-82) and several others universities in France, Spain and Brazil, he was also visiting scholar and writer-in-residence at Berkeley, University of California.
His current research interests include the art of fiction and poetry, English and Portuguese Literature and Culture and Contemporary Portuguese Painting. He is the author of a vast and outstanding oeuvre, which can be organized as critic, essay, poetry and fiction.
José Luandino Vieira was born on May 4, 1935, in Lagoa do Furadouro, Portugal. Son of Joaquim Mateus da Graça Junior, shoemaker, and of Maria Alice Vieira, he grew up, lived and fought in Angola. Because of his political activity against colonialism, he was arrested at the beginning of the struggle for independence. From 1961 to 1964, he was jailed in several prisons in Luanda: Pavilhão Prisional da PIDE (PPPIDE), Cadeia do Comando da PSP and Cadeia Comarcã. In 1964 he was sent to Chão Bom detention labor camp, Tarrafal, Cabo Verde, where he remained until 1972. He was transferred to Lisbon under fixed residence until 1974. With the independence of Angola, for his services for the fatherland, he became an Angolan citizen.
During his 12 years in jail, he wrote a significant part of his fictional oeuvre and gathered a compelling collection of notes, diary and letters where the prison was constituted as a space of anticolonial struggle during Portuguese late colonialism and a place of thought and reflection on the importance of culture and history in the perception of the existence of the Angolan nation.
Ana Maria de Medeiros was awarded a BA in Political Sciences and French from Boston College. In 1986 she studied in Paris at Sciences Po and Middlebury College and received an MA in French. Upon her return to New England she completed a PhD on the work of Marguerite Yourcenar. It was during this time that she started lecturing in Boston. During her studies she also received scholarships which enabled her to spend two years at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris during which she completed a D.E.A on the work of Colette under the supervision of Julia Kristeva. Prior to joining King’s in 2015 as Director of the Modern Language Centre, Ana lectured primarily on the work of contemporary Francophone and Lusophone women authors at several universities in North America and Europe and most recently was Academic Director of the University of Kent, Paris.
Francisco Bethencourt is Charles Boxer Chair and a leading authority on the history of the Portuguese-speaking world. He recently published the first global history of racism from the crusades to the twentieth century based on original research. He previously published the only comprehensive history of the early modern Inquisition, which is available in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian and English editions. Professor Bethencourt has edited and co-edited twenty books and issues of journals.
Prior to joining King's in 2005, Francisco Bethencourt lectured at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was Visiting Professor at the Universidade de São Paulo and Brown University. He has been a member of the advisory councils of historical institutes in London, Paris and Lisbon.
Professor Bethencourt currently serves on the advisory board of several Portuguese, Spanish and Brazilian journals and has been supervisor or consultant of doctoral and postdoctoral research programmes in London, Leiden, Bologna and Coimbra. He has been the co-ordinator and consultant at King's of protocols with the Instituto Camões and other Portuguese sponsors. In 2006-2008 he was Head of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He is currently a member of the Academic Staff Committee at King's College London.
Phillip Rothwell is the King John II Professor of Portuguese in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. He specializes in the literatures and cultures of Portugal and Lusophone Africa. He favours psychoanalytic theory as a tool to furthering our understanding of Portuguese culture and its imperial aftermaths. An authority on the Mozambican writer Mia Couto and the Angolan author Pepetela, his current research focuses on disavowal as a structuring discourse in Portuguese colonialism.