Research Group in Transcultural Studies

Presentation and aims:

The Research Group in Transcultural Studies (NETCult), created in 2010, is the result of the gathering of wills of a group of researchers representing three of the main areas of research of the Center for Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho (CEHUM). NETCult intends to create a common ground for reflection and study under the explicit transcultural perspective inherent to the school and to the research center to which it belongs. Consequently, it is expected that NETCult becomes both an aggregating factor for the research based upon innovative and consistent methodologies that its members have been producing and as a driving force behind future projects featuring diverse areas of knowledge and fields of specialization.

Giving voice to this distinctly transnational and multicultural matrix, the members* of this group come from the different departments of culture and languages that constitute the Institute of Arts and Humanities, namely from: Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, Romance Studies, English and North-American Studies and from the German and Slavic Studies Department. NETCult is open to other researchers and areas of research.

The transdepartamental, multilinguistic and pluricultural makeup of NETCult not only fosters but also strengthens theoretical reflection and the development of research projects on the most diverse transcultural phenomena recurring to an inherently inter and transdiciplinary methodology.

In a “World-Culture” (Lipovetsky/Serroy) progressively characterized by global, physical and telematic mobility, of goods, persons and ideas in which all types of national and socio-cultural borders are undermined, the above mentioned features of NETCult provide, at once, the best conditions to develop, among others, the following research fields:

  • Globalization versus glocalization;
  • Diversity and multidimensionality of migratory phenomena;
  • Intercultural imaging;
  • Intercultural mnemography and cartography;
  • Inter and transmedial representations of travel and cultural contacts;
  • Cultural history of tourism:
  • Discourse analysis of the national, regional and cultural identities within a transhistorical, transnational and transcultural perspective;
  • Comparative studies in national historiography and cultural memory (foundational myths, etc);
  • Transnational processes of production, exhibition and reception of cultural artifacts (literature, film, art, music, publicity, etc.);
  • Transcultural writing (migrant literature; travel narratives; regional minorities literature, etc.);
  • Exile and diaspora experiences and representations;
  • Intertextuality and intermediality;
  • Intercultural translation.

Beyond developing research projects in the areas mentioned, GIETCult has as its aim not only to seek national and international exchange with other scientific communities focused on transcultural studies, but also to make available to a wider audience its research findings and to offer research co-operation to non-academic communities. In this respect, and within the area of influence of the University of Minho, partnerships and protocols will be sought with the different cultural departments of regional municipalities and cultural associations sharing the same NETCult objectives and interests.

The first common project of the NETCult-group, which is actually being developed, consists in editing a multilingual and transhistorical anthology entitled: “The region of Minho represented by foreigners”.

Activities organized by NETCult:
  • Conference "Transnational Perceptions and Representations of the Carnation Revolution", 23th April, University of Minho.

  • International Conference "Transcultural Amnesia: Mapping Displaced Memories", 16-18th April, University of Minho. [website]

*Members of NETCult (in alphabetical order):
Andreia Sarabando (DEINA); Carlos Pazos (DER); Emanuele Ducrocchi (DER); Georgina Abreu (CEHUM); Idalete Dias (DEGE); Jaime Becerra da Costa (DEINA); Joanne Paisana (DEINA); José Luís Pimenta Lopes (DEGE); Margarida Pereira (DEINA); Maria Manuela Silva (DER); Mário Matos (coordenador) (DEGE); Nadejda Machado (DEGE); Orlando Grossegesse (DEGE); Sérgio Lorré (CEHUM); Sérgio Sousa (DEPL); Virgínia Soares (DEPL).