Title of the project: Post-colonial reconfigurations. History, Nation and Popular Culture
Scholarship reference: UID/ELT/00509/2013 [CITCOM – RG-509-1997]
Start and end date: February, 2016 – February, 2021
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.