International Conference – Oral Memories by Africans and People of African Descent – CULTURGEST/ CEC/ CESA – Comparatistas – english version

International Conference – Oral Memories by Africans and People of African Descent – CULTURGEST/ CEC/ CESA

Dates: 11-13 December 2019
Venue: December 11 – 18.00 – CULTURGEST ||  December 12 and 13 – 9.00-18.00 – School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon (Room B1/B2)

Submissions: Until October 12, 2019 – CLOSED

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Within the scope of the projects MEMORIALIST DISCOURSES AND THE BUILDING OF HISTORY, based at the Center for Comparative Studies (CEC)/ School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, and AFRO-PORT:  Afro-descendance in Portugal: Sociability, Representations and Sociopolitical and Cultural Dynamics (FCT, PTDC/SOC-ANT/30651/2017), based at the Center for African and Development Studies (CEsA)/ Lisbon School of Economics and Management of the University of Lisbon, we are organizing an international conference (11-13 December, 2019), with the objective of identifying memories and perceptions of subjects who have lived either the process of struggle for independence (mainly in the Portuguese-speaking countries, but not only) or the colonial war.

The conference aims to stress the importance of the memories of those who, as protagonists or not, have experienced the colonial period from the capital of the Empire.  In this context the purpose is to challenge the usual narratives centered on European memories of Africa and their experiences in the African continent. Also, the perceptions of people of African-descent and Africans in the Diaspora, in the Americas, in Europe, and in other spaces where the presence of Africa is involved in the construction of contemporary societies.

In the realm of oral memory, we also aim to include the wisdom of the body such as the heritage of cultural and artistic practices, literature, music, dance, theatre and performance in general, weather of ritual or vernacular nature. Therefore, considering this production as expressive and creative instrument of cultural practices and as crossroads of collective and individual memories, we also welcome presentations related to the various manifestations of oral culture and somatic memory crystalized in collective practices, as dynamic places of cultural exchange and memorial construction.

On this base it is essential to consider that the techniques for the recording of history related to discursive and performative oral manifestations are being transformed with the advance of technologies, which have imposed new forms of management and dissemination of the narratives as well as new ethical and aesthetic challenges and specific methodological issues.

Based on this diachronic and interdisciplinary perspective this Conference aims to collect interventions on the topics related to: History, Oral Memory, Memorialism, Africa, African Descent and Diaspora. Submissions of papers and (closed) panels or roundtables  can address but are not limited to:

– Oral history and African Historiographical Narratives

– Technical, Aesthetic and Ethical Aspects of Oral History Appropriation

– Memorialism and Memory Conflicts

– Conflicts and Incongruity of Memorialist Construction

– Memorial Archives: Tradition and Innovation

– Oral Memories and their Circumstances

– Cultural and Artistic Forms of Memory

– Memory and Literary Production

– Orality and African Descent Identities

– Linguistic Traditions and Identity


Organizing Committee:

– Inocência Mata (CEC/FLUL)

– Francesca Negro (CEC/FLUL)

– Vicky Hartnack (CEC/FLUL)

– Iolanda Évora (CEsA/ISEG)

– Simone Amorim (CEsA/ISEG)

– Liliana Coutinho (CULTURGEST)

Scientific Committee:

  • Ana Paula Tavares (CLEPUL/FLUL)
  • Bruno Sena Martins (CES/UCoimbra)
  • Cláudia Castelo (CES/UCoimbra)
  • Cristina Roldão (ESSE/IPS)
  • Edimilson de Almeida Pereira (UFJF, Brazil)
  • Emerson Inácio (USP, Brazil)
  • Fernando Arenas (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Isabel Castro Henriques (FLUL-CEsA/ISEG)
  • Kabengele Munanga (USP/ Federal Recôncavo da Bahia, Brazil)
  • Kwame Nimako (University Amsterdam, NL)
  • Lourenço do Rosário (UP, Moçambique)
  • Luís Kandjimbo (UAN/Instituto Superior Politécnico Metropolitano, Angola)
  • Mallé Kassé (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal)
  • Maria Paula Meneses (CEC/UCoimbra)
  • Marissa Moorman (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
  • Nair Anaya Ferreira (Universidad Nacional Autónoma do México)
  • Rosangela Sarteschi (USP, Brazil)
  • Stephen Small (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

–  Hamady Bocoum (Director of the Musée des Civilizations Noires, Dakar)

–  Isabel Castro Henriques (FLUL/CEsA-ISEG)

–  Ananya Kabir (Department of English, King’s College London)

–  Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho (Brazil Institute, King’s College London)


Paper presentation: 35€

Other participation with Certificate: 10€

Students: Free


This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.