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Rhian Atkin

Dr Rhian Atkin is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Portuguese at Cardiff University, UK. She has worked extensively on literatures and cultures of Portugal from an ethnographic perspective, and she is currently the lead researcher on the project, ‘Pão e Vinho sobre a Mesa: Portuguese Food Cultures, Mobility and Migration’, which is funded by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. The project explores how food is used a marker of cultural identity by Portuguese and Portuguese-American people in Southern Massachusetts. Rhian’s previous work has focused on public and private space in Lisbon-based literature, gender studies, the circulation of translated literature, and narratology. Her books include Lisbon Revisited: Urban Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Portuguese Fiction (Legenda, 2014).

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Simone Lazaroo

Writer and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Murdoch University, Western Australia, Simone Lazaroo is the author of novels The World Waiting to be Made (1994), The Australian Fiancé (2000), The Travel Writer (2006), Sustenance (2010) and Lost River: Four Albums (2014), as well as short stories published in Australia, North America, England and recently in Spain (in a bilingual edition). Her fiction and research often focuses on the experiences of people living at the juncture of cultures, including migrants, and on the contexts of tourism and travel in relation to practices of consumerism, photography and the memorialization of urban space.




Lee Maracle

Ms. Maracle is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs [collected work of novel and short stories], Polestar/Raincoast, Ravensong [novel], Bobbi Lee [autobiographical novel], Daughters Are Forever, [novel] Will’s Garden [young adult novel], Bent Box [poetry], I Am Woman, Memory Serves, Celia’s Song [novel], Talking to the Diaspora [creative non-fiction], and is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember [anthology]. She is also co-editor of Telling It: Women and Language across Culture [conference proceedings]. Ms. Maracle is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and is an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle has also received 3 teaching awards. Maracle is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award. Work in progress includes Hope Matters and Mink Returns to Toronto.




José Pedro Serra

José Pedro Serra is Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, and is specialized in Greek tragedy and its reception. He is the author of Pensar o Trágico. Categorias da Tragédia Grega, awarded with the Prémio PEN (2007) and with the Prémio Jacinto Prado Coelho (2008). He has published a range of journal articles and book chapters on literature, classics and philosophy. He is the director of Dedalus: Portuguese Journal of Comparative Literature, and the director of the Library of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon.