Cultural Studies in Portugal: The Present Scenario

Sofia Sampaio
Lisbon University, Portugal

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Ingår i: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 62:5, s. 35-39

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Publicerad: 2011-11-22

ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In this paper I discuss the situation of cultural studies in Portugal by looking into its presence in Portuguese universities and research centres; especially through their master and doctoral programmes. My results suggest that cultural studies is experiencing a fast academic expansion. Yet; the name ‘cultural studies’ continues to cause unease in some academic quarters (namely; in literary studies) and there is ambiguity regarding what is meant by it. My results also suggest that the current expansion of cultural studies in the academia is entangled with top-down institutional changes; closely related to the Bologna process and the growing importance of the cultural industries; as part of a more general shift to the ‘new economy’.


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