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Home seta Research Groups seta CITCOM seta 5. LEGACIES OF EMPIRE AND COLONIALISM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

5. LEGACIES OF EMPIRE AND COLONIALISM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

P.I.: Elsa Peralta - Research Fellow FCT

Synopsis:

Placed at the crossroads between the social sciences and the humanities, this project intends to build a strong empirical basis for critically discussing the legacies of empire and colonialism in postcolonial Europe, thus contributing to the development of comparative research on the topic.

This project presently accommodates the following sub-projects:

 

  • NARRATIVES OF LOSS, WAR AND TRAUMA: PORTUGUESE CULTURAL MEMORY AND THE END OF EMPIRE - EXPLORATORY RESEARCH PROJECT (IF/01530/2014)

P.I.: Elsa Peralta

Synopsis:

Using an interdisciplinary agenda combining perspectives from anthropology, postcolonial and memory studies, this project focuses on memory narratives of the conflicting events related to the end of Portuguese empire: the colonial wars and the massive exodus from Africa. The aim is to analyse a series of memory narratives – including personal and family memories, fictional narratives, and publicly produced memories – through which issues of war, violence, loss and trauma are expressed and internalised in the social realm.

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  • POST-COLONIAL RECONFIGURATIONS. HISTORY, NATION AND POPULAR CULTURE

P.I.: Marcos Cardão

Synopsis:

The 1980s are usually seen as a time of inclusion of Portugal in the sphere of European economies and liberal societies. The emergence of new forms of consumption and cosmopolitan dynamics was a part of a vast process of socio-cultural changes echoed by urban popular culture, which offers new observatories of analysis and allows to identify emerging phenomenon’s, namely the reinvention of Portuguese nationalism, which reappeared in a post-colonial and democratic context and permeated everyday life with idealized representations of Portuguese nationality. Admitting the centrality of audiovisual culture in the Portugal in the 80s, which allows us to situate the Portuguese case within the internationalization of cultural forms and practices, this project intends to analyze the postcolonial reconfigurations in Portugal, considering the links between national identity and representations of the colonial past, and appreciate how the representations of the Portuguese Discoveries became fundamental to the History, memory and Portuguese culture.

 

  • PORTUGUESE COLONIAL EMPIRE AND URBAN POPULAR CULTURE: COMPARING VISIONS FROM THE METROPOLIS AND THE COLONIES (1945-1974) - (PTDC/CPC-CMP/2661/2014)

P.I.: Nuno Domingos

Synopsis:

Empires are spaces of circulation of people and goods between colonies and their metropolitan centres, but they are also spaces of global circulation. A variety of cultural forms were circulated within the space of the Portuguese empire as well as between empires and non-imperial spaces, thus affecting representations of the world and everyday practices. This interdisciplinary project engages history, anthropology, postcolonial studies and cultural studies in an attempt to understand how the circulation of urban imperial and global popular cultural products between 1945 and 1974 helped to build a colonial society composed through the intermingling of colonies, metropolis and wider global contexts. The project is innovative in its interdisciplinary nature. The team members have already worked extensively on the themes of empire and popular culture based on a range of academic traditions. This approach will enable the topic to be studied more systematically by combining cultural production with its practice and consumption, along the lines of studies carried out in other contexts but largely missing in Portuguese scholarship.


Research Team (CEC):

 
PTDC / CPC-CMP / 2661/2014, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), under development at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), in which the CEC is participating institution with funding.
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Two doctoral theses are currently being developed within the Research Line 5. Legacies of the Empire and Colonialism in Comparative Perspective, under the supervision of Elsa Peralta:

Joana Oliveira made her academic training in Anthropology at the University of Coimbra and the University of Lisbon. She is currently a doctoral student in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon with the theme «Life and Death: The Stories of Photography in the Portuguese Postcolonial Context», under the supervision of Elsa Peralta and co-supervision of Nuno Domingos. She co-curated the exhibition Return - Traces of Memory and collaborated in the project Narratives of Loss, War and Trauma: Portuguese Cultural Memory and the End of Empire, coordinated by Elsa Peralta at the Center for Comparative Studies, the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon.

Bruno Góis is a researcher and political activist. He holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the ISCSP (2012), and is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and a research fellow at ICS-ULisboa in the Project The Portuguese Colonial Empire and Urban Popular Culture: Comparing Visions from the Metropolis and the Colonies (1945 -1974), coordinated by Nuno Domingos. Descendant of settlers from Chibia (Huila, Angola), he is interested in the study of colonialism and imperialism. He was a member of the scientific committee of the exhibition Return – Traces of Memory and collaborates with the CEC-ULisboa in the project Narratives of Loss, War and Trauma: Portuguese Cultural Memory and the End of Empire, coordinated by Elsa Peralta. He currently develops his PhD thesis under the theme «Memory and urban popular culture among colonial populations of Portuguese origin in Angola and Mozambique (1945-1975)», under the supervision of Elsa Peralta and co-supervision of Nuno Domingos.

 

 

 
 
 
 





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