An Associate Professor with Aggregation in Language Sciences, Gonçalo Fernandes holds a degree in Teaching Humanities (Classical Studies) (1993) from the Faculty of Philosophy in Braga at the Portuguese Catholic University, a Master’s in Descriptive Portuguese Linguistics (1996) from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Porto, a Doctorate in Portuguese Linguistics (2003), and a Habilitation in Language Sciences, specializing in Portuguese Linguistics (2009), from UTAD. He is the Principal Investigator of the Center for Studies in Letters (CEL) and a collaborating researcher in international networks spanning universities in Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, France, and Spain. The themes covered in this research include Latin–Portuguese Linguistic Historiography and Missionary Linguistics resulting from Portuguese Patronage.

Fernandes’ scientific output includes papers and book chapters published by some of the most prestigious journals and publishers in his area of expertise, such as the Cambridge University Press, John Benjamins, Nodus Publikationen, Peeters, Routledge, and Taylor & Francis.

He has organized several international scientific events, most notably the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII, Vila Real and UTAD, 2014), the VII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Historiografía Lingüística (SEHL VII, Vila Real and UTAD, 2009). Outside UTAD, he also co-organized the conference A Host of Tongues: multilingualism, lingua franca, and translation in the Early Modern Period (Lisbon, NOVA FCSH, 2018), as a joint venture of the Center for Studies in Letters (CEL-UTAD), the Center for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS), and the CHAM-Center for Humanities (FCSH NOVA).

His professional responsibilities also include the direction of the Center for Studies in Letters, the Department of Letters, Arts, and Communication, and numerous undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs, as well as the presidency of the Pedagogical Council of the School of Human and Social Sciences.

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