Professor of German & Comparative Literary Studies at Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal), since 1990. He has written widely on Translation and Comparative Literature and Culture (mainly German / Portuguese), German Literature and Culture, Portuguese Literature and Culture , Spanish Literature and Culture, notably the monograph publications on Eça de Queirós (Roman und Konversation, Stuttgart: Steiner, 1991 [Ph.D thesis 1989]) and Saramago (Saramago lesen, Berlin: tranvía 1999; 2nd ed. 2009). His more recent area of research is Refugee / Migration Studies, coordinating the research team EHum2M founded in 2017 within the CEHUM (Centre for Humanistic Studies). He is co-editor (selection of titles), with Henry Thorau, of À procura da Lisboa africana (Húmus, 2009), with Mário Matos, of Zonas de Contacto: Estado Novo / III Reich (TDP, 2011) and Intercultural Mnemo-Graphies (Húmus, 2012) and recently, with Elena Brugioni and Paulo de Medeiros, of A Companion to João Paulo Borges Coelho. Rewriting the (Post)Colonial Remains (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020). Academic CV: 1986: M.A., at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich. 1989: PhD (additionally: Italian Studies), at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Freelance translator and author. Literary translator (e.g. Mário Sá-Carneiro; Enrique Vila-Matas into German). Since November 1990: scholar at the University of Minho (Universidade do Minho: UM), Campus Gualtar (Braga, Portugal). From 2004 onwards: associate professor (tenure).

Personal identification

Full name
Orlando Alfred Arnold Grossegesse

Citation names

  • Grossegesse, Orlando

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


  • http://cehum.ilch.uminho.pt/researchers/61 (Scholar)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Languages and Literatures - Specific Literatures
  • Humanities - Languages and Literatures - Literary Theory
  • Humanities - Other Humanities


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1)
German (Mother tongue)
Spanish; Castilian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
Romanistik / Kommunikationswissenschaft (Doktor (PhD))
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Institut für Romanische Philologie, Germany
"Konversation und Roman. Untersuchungen zum Werk von Eça de Queiroz" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
magna cum laude
Romanistik / Kommunikationswissenschaft (Magister)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Institut für Romanische Philologie, Germany
"Konversationsästhetik und Konversationskritik. Das Diskursdilemma in Os Maias" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)

Teaching in Higher Education

2004/07/23 - Current Associate Professor (University Teacher)
Universidade do Minho Centro de Estudos Humanísticos, Portugal

Positions / Appointments

2016/06 - 2019/05 Diretor do Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho (CEHUM)
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2015/02 - 2018/11 Diretor do Mestrado em Estudos Luso-Alemães (MELA), dupla titulação / double degree com Goethe-Universität Frankfurt / Main
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2013/05 - 2016/06 Coordenador dos Estudos Literários no Centro de Estudos Humanísticos (CEHUM)
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2014/05 - 2016/05 Diretor do Doutoramento em Ciências da Literatura (sem parte curricular)
Universidade do Minho, Portugal