2nd International Symposium – Goa: Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Located on the western coast of India is the thriving touristic hub of Goa. The smallest state of the Indian subcontinent is known for its idyllic beaches, rich biodiversity and unique history. Given that Goan culture is the fruit of a dialogue between various cultures, it has assumed a unique aesthetic character. This cultural identity has been created in a multilingual environment which is reflected in various literary forms in different languages including Portuguese, French and – from the second half of the 20th century onwards – English.
To explore some of these intersections, the 2nd International Symposium “Goa: Literatures, Languages and Cultures” was organised from January 16 to January 18 by CLP-Camões and Alliance Française de Panjim. The Symposium was organised in conjunction with the 6th Meeting of the Thematic Project “Pensando Goa” (Thinking Goa) to be held in the state where several of its members were present. The goal of the symposium was to provide new opportunities for discussion and research based on Goa by researchers from India and abroad. It targeted an interested public of academicians, teachers and researchers in the areas of Goan literature, comparative literature and culture.
A wide variety of themes were explored during the symposium including the Literatures of Goa, Teaching Languages and Literature in Goa, Literary translations in Goa, Cultural Press Literature and Goan Society along with Cultural and artistic expressions in Goa. The oral presentations were in English, Portuguese and French. However, to facilitate communication among the participants, the written papers and the powerpoint presentations were expected to be in English. Charlyne Weiss, Director of AF Panjim, presented on the influence of French Romanticism on Goan Literature. This was illustrated using the novel Les Brahmanes by Fransisco Luis Gomes and by the epistolary exchanges between Fransisco Luis Gomes and Lamartine. Irene Silveira from the University of Goa presented on the topic Creating a French space in Post-Portuguese Goa.
Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal