Novas Poéticas de Resistência: o século XXI em Portugal



New Poetics of Resistance

the Twenty-First Century in Portugal

This project takes the word “poetics” at its etymological root: the first making of the first form — to form from the root at the root of sound. Using the words of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E School main theoretician and poet, Charles Bernstein, language is “the first forging”, the first making of form: a copy and a form of deceiving.


From that first step what we call the real is nothing but a humanly and socially “forged” real: an artifice whose artificiality becomes “phantom objectivity” (Michael Taussig).


Focusing on these “forms of forging the world”, we will search for counter-hegemonic forms of this making in language.


This means that we will focus on the politics of language, namely by looking at some discourses that, from the margins, produce the centre whilst, paradoxically, resisting and challenging it: “serving what is not” (Dante), re-inventing and investigating the violent territories of excess (Jean-Jacques Lecercle) where the whole of the disapproved, unproved or yet-to-be-proved forms of language are (Susan Howe).


The “new poetics of resistance” lie in this foundational territory and its infinite possibilities: experimental and technologically transformed literary forms; the inevitably impossible efforts of translation; the knowledge of incompleteness in a dia(multi)topic hermeneutics (Sousa Santos) demanded by multiculturalism, bilingualism, migration and multi-ethnic trajectories; an epistemological research based on a permanent search for lines of escape (Deleuze e Guattari) leading to nomadic and decentering practices, and to the deterritorializing of words and of the identities forged by them.


 Biographical memory is an event of the “body writing”, historical reference and mover of hybrid identities where multicultural beliefs and “saudade” (nostalgia) enlighten the imagination and become significant elements of a dynamic Portuguese culture nowadays facing different exchanges and challenges imposed by globalization.


We thus try to participate in an epistemology of absences and emergences (Sousa Santos) which can only be offered by transversality and diversified forms of knowledge.

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