Intercultural Crossings

Conflict, Memory and Identity

by Lénia Marques (Volume editor) Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia (Volume editor) Glória Bastos (Volume editor)
©2012 Edited Collection 208 Pages


Intercultural crossings, which are at the core of our contemporary society, are underpinned and shaped by three essential elements: time, space and people. Such encounters and interactions have the capacity not only to promote diversity and a healthy exchange of ideas, but also to act as a catalyst for conflict.
This volume examines the topics of conflict, memory and identity through a collection of insightful viewpoints and perspectives, reflecting a diversity of cultural and social backgrounds, which combine to give a contemporary interdisciplinary analysis of cultural interactions and their effects. The themes covered by the authors, such as memory and forgetfulness, migration, ecological concerns, mixed cultural landscapes, storytelling, postcolonial trauma and internal struggles for identity, offer the reader a fascinating glimpse into the ongoing and evolving social debate about identity and purpose.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
forgetfulness migration storytelling purpose trauma
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 208 pp.

Biographical notes

Lénia Marques (Volume editor) Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia (Volume editor) Glória Bastos (Volume editor)

Lénia Marques has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, since 2008. She holds a PhD in comparative literature (fragmentary writing in the avant-garde). Her current research focuses on comparative literature and on cultural tourism. Her recent publications include papers on travel literature, literature and the arts, literary tourism and creative tourism. Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia teaches translation studies at the New University of Lisbon. She holds a PhD from the University of Aveiro. She is the coordinator of the bilingual project Terminological Dictionary of Postcolonial Literary Theory. She has conducted interdisciplinary research in the fields of visual, gender and postcolonial studies and is the author of the book Postcolonial and Feminist Grotesque: Texts of Contemporary Excess (2011). Glória Bastos is a professor in the Department of Education and Distance Learning at the Portuguese Open University, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, where she teaches children’s literature. She received a PhD in Portuguese studies for a thesis on theatre for children. She has published several books and articles about children’s literature, reading promotion and school libraries. She is on the academic board of the Portuguese National Reading Plan.


Title: Intercultural Crossings