Instituto Camões Centre
for Portuguese Language


Camões: Prince of Poets - Book Launch

On 13th May 2011 Professor Willis, Emeritus Professor of Portuguese at the University of Manchester, introduced his book Camões: Prince of Poets (Bristol: HiPLAM, 2010). This important work, which was the result of many years of research and reflection, presents to the English public an updated vision of the Portuguese greatest poet.

Book Launch - Camões: Prince of Poets

Academia das Ciências de Lisboa - Classe de Letras

On 10 December 2010 Prof. Earle, co-director of the Centre, was elected a corresponding fellow of the Academy.
More here: Prof. Earle obtains rare post

Comenius Scheme Visit

On 27 November Prof. Earle welcomed, on behalf of the Centre, a group of twelve teachers from Escola Teixeira Lopes, Vila Nova de Gaia. The group was led by Jessica Wood, who is an undergraduate reading Portuguese at Queen's and who is spending her year abroad in Portugal as a Commenius assistant. She appears in the photo, on Prof. Earle's left.

Comenius Scheme Visit 2010

Comenius Scheme Visit 2010

Prof. Vasco Pulido Valente in Oxford

Well-known academic historian and a long-serving columnist on O Público, Prof. Vasco Pulido Valente gave a lecture entitled 'Eça de Queiroz: uma revisão' in the Taylor Institution, Room 3, Wednesday 24 November 5 pm.

Brasil Week 2010

We forgot the grey skies and windy streets of Oxford in Week 3, and instead were spirited away to the warmth and colours of Brazil through the films, talks, music and exhibition that made up Brazil Week II. Thanks to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty) there were five special guests: singer/songwriter and guitarist Aleh, who played an unforgettable soul samba concert in St. Peter's College Chapel; researcher Paulo da Costa de Oliveira (PUC-RJ and Paris VII), who talked about Brazil's image as filtered through the medium of popular song, and played samba, bossa nova and tropicalia songs to illustrate his ideas; actress Dora Pellegrino, who brought to life the texts of Lygia Fagundes Telles; Professor Antonio Dimas, who gave an illuminating talk on Lygia's short stories; and Nicole Algranti, who talked about her experience of film-making in the Amazon jungle to those attending the Ethnographic Film Series at the Pitt Rivers Museum.
But there are also many Brazilianists already in Oxford and some of them attended the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Seminar to discuss their research on, among other topics, desertification in the sertao and Brazilian immigration to the UK, as well as gender and humour in Brazilian film.
Linked events included the History of Art research seminar on 'Precarious Art' by Anna Dezeuze and a Brazilian documentary film showing at the Latin American Centre, not to mention a Brazil-themed Guest Night at St. Peter's College. The photographic exhibition "Carnival in Rio: The Biggest Show in the World", by Doug Vernimmen is still on display at the Taylorian Institute.

Pre-sessional course

First-year students beginning Portuguese at Oxford now attend a week-long pre-sessional course, at no cost to themselves. The course has been made possible through the generosity of Lord Joicey, a former student. The photo shows the students and their teachers toasting their benefactor at a dinner held during the course in September 2010.

Pre-sessional course 2010

Pre-sessional course 2010

Instituto Camões Prize

The Instituto Camões Prize is awarded every year to the best first-year student in the Sub-Faculty of Portuguese (part of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages). The value of the Prize is €500. The holder must attend a summer course in Portuguese language at a Portuguese University