Acknowledgements Overview 1. Origins of the Lusosphere Valnora Leister 2. The Portuguese Language in a Globalized World Jose Gabriel Andrade 3. The Interplay of Sports and the Portuguese Language in the Digital World Patrisia Ciancio 4. UNILAB: Connecting the Lusosphere through Higher Education Elcimar Simao Martins, Elisangela Andre da Silva Costa, Jacqueline Cunha da Serra Freire, and Sinara Mota Neves de Almeida 5. A Distance Learning Partnership in the Lusosphere: Cape Verde's Experience Florenco Mendes Varela 6. Brazil's Digital Tools for Social Inclusion: A Resource for the Lusosphere? Valnora Leister 7. Brazil and a Virtual Lusosphere in Global Cultural Evolution Mark C. Frazier 8. Will the Lusosphere Lead the Way in the 21st Century? Valnora Leister Index About the Editor About the Contributors
Valnora Leister teaches at James Madison University.
The digital era is connecting the world in extraordinary ways.
While the internet has generated tensions and disruption, it is
also facilitating political, social, cultural and economic ties
spanning vast geographies. Valnora Leister's edited volume explores
the relationships between new information technologies and the
so-called Lusosphere. Despite their formidable impact on
international affairs over the past seven centuries, there is
little discussion about how the Portuguese-speaking community is
navigating the twenty first century. Leister and her contributing
authors help fill this knowledge gap, exploring the ways in which
the net is enhancing the 'soft power' of Lusophone nations,
including values associated with acceptance, diversity and
tolerance. In the process, Leister offers a hopeful and compelling
vision for a world based on principles and practices of inclusion
rather than reactionary nationalism. -- Robert Muggah, Igarape
In 2004 I suggested that in addition to the English-speaking world, the other great globe-spanning digital cultural-linguistic communities merited study as entities in and of themselves, and coined the parallel term Lusosphere for the Portuguese-speaking world, as one such. Now I am delighted to see Valnora Leister and her contributors take the lead in an excellent book doing exactly that. This is a readable, thought-provoking effort that is worthwhile reading for Lusophones, Lusophiles, or just anybody interested in the shape of our common future. -- James C. Bennett, author of "The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century"