Onesimo T. Almeida Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Onésimo Teotónio Almeida was born in S. Miguel, Azores, in 1946. He graduated from the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, in 1972. He received his MA (1977) and PhD (1980), both in Philosophy, at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, where he has been teaching Portuguese Cultural and Intellectual History since 1975, and as a Full Professor since 1991. From 1992 to 2003 he was Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He also teaches a course on Values and Worldviews for the Wayland Collegium. He also teaches a course for, and he is a member of the Renaissance and Early Modern History Program.

He doubles as a scholar and as an author, having also written short stories, plays, and  crónicas. He is the author and editor of numerous books. The most recent scholarly works are Pessoa, Portugal e o Futuro, 2014; Minima Azorica. O Meu Mundo É Deste Reino, 2014;  O Peso do Hífen, Ensaios sobre a experiência luso-americana, 2010; De Marx a Darwin - A desconfiança das ideologias, 2009 (Prize Seeds of Science for the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ciência Hoje, 2010). A booklength interview with him on his works was published by João M. Brás under the title Utopias em Dói Menor. Conversas transatlânticas com Onésimo, 2012. His most recent books in creative writing are Quando os Bobos Uivam, 2013; and Onésimo. Português sem Filtro - uma antologia, 2011. Among the recent books he has edited is Açores, Europa - uma antologia, 2010). A second, emlarged edition of his Açores, Açorianos, Açorianidade was published in 2011.

He is the author of more than two hundred essays published in various collective volumes and academic journals; and of hundreds of articles published in newspapers and other periodicals. For many years he was a regular columnist for the literary journal LER. He continues to write regularly for Jornal de Letras, and is a frequent contributor to the Portuguese press in the US and Canada. He was the founder, and continues to serve as director, of Gávea-Brown Publications, which publishes English translations of Portuguese literary works and of studies in Portuguese culture. He also founded and is the co-editor of Gávea-Brown, a journal specializing in the recording of the Portuguese experience in North America. He is co-editor of the  e-Journal of Portuguese History, a joint-venture by Brown University and the University of Porto, as well as of Pessoa-Plural, a journal on the works and life of Fernando Pessoa. He is a member of the editorial board of several professional journals, as well as a member of various professional organizations. He was elected member of the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa, Lisbon.

He has given hundreds of lectures, mostly throughout the United States and Canada, and all over Europe, as well as in Africa and Central and South America.

Since 1979 he has been the host of a bi-monthly socio-cultural talk show (Daqui e da Gente) on the Portuguese Channel, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Throughout 2001-2003, he also hosted a weekly talk show (Onconversa comRTP-later broadcast worldwide by RTP-International. He was a member of the Board of the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities from 1995 to 2001, and its Vice-President from 1998 to 2000. He is also a past President of the ACIA (Cultural Association of the Atlantic Islands), and has served as Vice-President of the AIL (Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas). The recipient of various awards, Professor Almeida has been named an "Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique" by the President of Portugal. He was elected to the Academia da Marinha (Lisbon), to the Academia Internacional de Cultura Portuguesa (Lisbon). He has received an Honorary Degree from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. João M. Brás has just published a volume collecting 42 writings on his scholarly and creative works: Onésimo: Único e Multímodo.

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Professor Almeida has just published Minima Azorica. O Meu Mundo É Deste Reino (Companhia das Ilhas, 2014). His book of essays Despenteando Parágrafos is scheduled to appear in September of 2015 by Quetzal (Lisbon). He is presently completing a volume on theoretical issues related to the topic of national identity, as well as another collection of essays on science in the 16th-century Portugal. Both volumes will be published by Gradiva, in Lisbon, Portugal.

research statement

Professor Almeida's teaching and research interests include: 1. the intellectual and cultural history of Portugal; 2. Portuguese national identity; 3. science in Portugal in the 15th- and 16th-centuries; 4. Azorean literature and culture; 5. Portuguese-American literature and studies; 6. ideology and worldviews; 7. philosophy and social sciences.

funded research

Over the years, Professor Almeida has received a variety of grants from the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Luso-American Foundation, the Instituto Camões, the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Department of Culture of the Azorean Government, the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries, Brown University's Dean of the College, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Portuguese National Library, the Instituto Português do Livro, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning. The largest grant he has received was from a consortium established between Brown University, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries, the Luso-American Foundation, the Orient Foundation, and the Instituto Português do Oriente, which established an endowment to create the Vasco da Gama Chair in Early Modern Portuguese History at Brown University, in the Departments of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.