Research

Professor Inês Cardoso has published an article titled "A relação dos adolescentes com a escrita extraescolar e escolar – inclusão e exclusão por via da escrita" (Teenagers' relationship with in-school and extra-school writing - inclusion and exclusion through writing) in Trabalhos em Lingüística Aplicada. n.º 54.1, 2015.

In this article, we will begin with some notes on the development of teaching/learning of writing in Portugal, synthesizing different investigative approaches. Assuming the cognitive, personal and social dimensions of the written language, we will argue that the knowledge about the relationship students (subjects) establish with writing, both in school and extra-school contexts, shall underlie the learning and teaching process of writing, on a multifunctional and processual perspective.

As far as the methodological device is concerned, we will focus on a workshop about writing with teenagers. The description of the dimensions which make up the complexity of the subjects' relationship with writing led us to the conceptualization of three ideal types of relationship with writing. These consist of different ways of interpreting this pluridimensional and unstable phenomenon that may offer new pedagogical clues as to a teaching of writing that promotes a more favorable relationship with it.

Professor Maria João Dodman has published an article titled "'Nem comem senão desse inhame' : The Significance of Food in the Early Days of Brazil" in Luso-Brazilian Review (lbr.uwpress.org). Vol. 52.1, 2015.

This article explores the thematic of food in the early texts that document the arrival of the Portuguese in Brazil. In the absence of gold and precious stones, food availability in the new fertile land becomes as good as gold, able to compete with the riches of the Spanish empire. Yet, food, food rituals, table manners and behaviours also signal European attitudes regarding civility and culture, and as such mark new world people as barbaric and in need of justifiable colonization. Ironically, Indigenous resistance and subversion also resort to food, providing local knowledge, ingenuity and moments of dissidence.