Translating Brazil: Words and Music

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Monday, June 1, 2015 -

11:00am to 5:00pm

St John's College, Oxford

The Barn

A Symposium Sponsored by the TORCH Global Brazil Network.


Map can be found here. The Barn is number 19 on the map; it is located at the northern end of the St John's campus, just where St Giles turns into Banbury Road (and just north of the 21 St Giles entrance).


11:00am: Coffee/Tea, Arrivals

Session 1 – Cultural Production from the Quintessential Periferia

Margaret Clarke (University of Portsmouth)
“Poetry, Silence, Applause: Saraus and the Creation of Cultural Circuits of Resistance in Brazil's Urban Peripheries”

Cláudia Canto (Novelist and Journalist)
“Transforming Communities, Emerging Subjects: Women as Cultural and Literary Agents in Urban Brazil”

1:00pm: Lunch

Session 2 – Translating Bossa Nova

David Treece (King’s College, London)
“Song in Translation: Music, Text, Performance”

Frederick Moehn (King’s College, London)
“Bossa Nova Guitar: Reflections on Selected Moments from Its Origins and Its Development in the U.S. Context”

3:30pm: Coffee/Tea

4:00pm: Screening of Claudia Canto Documentary Film

5:00pm: Wine Reception

***RSVP: Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to  and by Friday 29 May if you intend to join us for lunch.


Global Brazil

Contact name: Jason Stanyek

Contact email:

Audience: Open to all