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Intercultural Crossings

Conflict, Memory and Identity

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Edited By Lénia Marques, Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia and Glória Bastos

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.

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205 Notes on Contributors Glória Bastos is a Professor in the Department of Education and Distance Learning at the Portuguese Open University (Universidade Aberta) where she teaches Children’s Literature and coordinates the first national Masters for teacher-librarians. She holds a PhD in Portuguese Studies and her thesis was on Theatre for Children. She has published several books and articles with a focus on children’s literature, reading promotion and school libraries. She belongs to the scientific board of the Portuguese National Reading Plan and to the team responsible for the new Portuguese Language Curriculum for basic education. João Luís Jesus Fernandes is a geographer and Professor of the doctoral programme in the Geography Department at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) as well as a researcher at the I&D Centre for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (Universities of Coimbra, Oporto and Minho). His current research focuses on cultural landscapes, strategic planning and territorial marketing. In his studies he has argued that cultural landscapes are contested spaces directly linked with power conflicts, territorial identities and development strategies. He has applied that perspective to the study of urban territories and vulnerable geographic spaces. Manuela Malheiro Ferreira completed a degree in Geography from the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon. She is a doctor “Troisième Cycle” in the Teaching of Geography and Social Sciences at the University of Paris VII – Denis Diderot and she holds a PhD in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. Currently she...

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