Seminar postponed

In the current circumstances of suspension of activities at the University of Minho and closure of the ICS building, due to the new coronavirus COVID-19, we inform the postponement of the Interdisciplinary Seminar Interculturalities and historical awareness: current challenges for citizenship.
The new date will be defined later.

The Project organizes an interdisciplinary seminar to discuss interculturality and historical awareness

The Interdisciplinary Seminar Interculturalities and historical awareness: current challenges for citizenship will be held on March 20, 2020, and brings together several researchers to share experiences around studies on historical awareness, social representations, narrative, identity, cultural memory and practices and experiences in the system educational, thinking about the current intercultural, transnational and global dimensions. The Seminar will be held in the Sala de Atos (at ICS), at the University of Minho, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

This activity is organized by the Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?, by the Center for Communication and Society Studies (CECS) and the Laboratory of Landscapes, Heritage and Territory (LAB2PT).

Entry is free subject to registration by: cultures_past_present@ics.uminho.pt

The seminar will include the participation of Alberto Sá, Francisco Mendes, Isabel Macedo, Jacob Cupata, Marília Gago, Moisés de Lemos Martins and Rosa Cabecinhas and Sheila Khan and Alice Balbé as moderators.

Alberto Sá: Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences, where he is deputy director and teaches in the areas of audiovisual, multimedia, communication design and digital publishing. Graduated in History and Social Sciences (Teaching) and with a Master’s Degree in Medieval Urban History, he is a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho. He is a researcher at CECS where he has developed research work on memory studies, in particular the technological mediation of memory in the digital age. He is a member of the research team of the AUDIRE project (Audio Repository: saving sound memories) and is part of the Moda (Monitoring Online Discourse Activity) project. He was co-leader of Working Group 2 of the e-COST Action project IS1205 (“Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union”). He is the coordinator of a scientific-cultural event CURTAS CC (Exhibition of Audiovisual and Multimedia works by undergraduate and master students of Communication Sciences – University of Minho). Currently, he participates in a collective study on colonialism and the liberation struggles present in the history manuals of Mozambique, from a diachronic perspective.

Alice Balbé: Researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre and the project “Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?”. Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho, her research interests include representations, Portuguese speaking, environmental communication, and digital social networks.

Francisco Mendes: Professor of Theory of History in the Department of History of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Minho. Researcher at the Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory (Lab2PT). Currently, it is part of an international curriculum reform project for Basic Education in Guinea-Bissau (RECEB), in a partnership between the National Institute for the Development of Education in Guinea-Bissau (INDE) and the University of Minho.

Isabel Macedo holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Minho and University of Aveiro, in the area of ​​Communication and Culture. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Migrations, cultural memory and identity representations: film literacy in promoting intercultural dialogue”. She is a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre and integrates several national and international associations in the area of ​​communication, education and visual culture. She co-edited the Comunicação e Sociedade, journal 34, dedicated to the theme “Communication Sciences and Lusophone Studies” and Vista – Visual Culture Journal, 2, entitled “Cultural Memory, Image, Archive”. Some of his main works are: “Representations of Dictatorship in Portuguese Cinema” (2017), in co-authorship; “Interwoven migration narratives: identity and social representations in the Lusophone world” (2016), in co-authorship, and “Young people and Portuguese cinema: a (de) colonization of the imaginary? ” (2016).

Jacob Lussento Cupata: Degree in Educational Sciences in the option of Teaching History at the Agostinho Neto University, Master in Intercultural Relations at the Open University of Lisbon, assistant professor at the Higher Institute of Educational Sciences of Cuanza Sul (ISCED / CS) at the Katyavala University Bwila (UKB), teaching the subjects of African History, Pedagogical Practices and Cultural Anthropology. He is developing the doctoral research project in Cultural Studies, under the theme “Social representations of the History of Africa in the Angolan educational system”.

Marília Gago: Professor of Methodology in the teaching of History and Professional Internship in the Master of History Teaching at the Department of Integrated Studies in Literacy, Didactics and Supervision at the Institute of Education of the University of Minho. Researcher at the Transdisciplinary Research Center “Culture, Space and Memory (CITCEM-Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto. Currently, she is part of an international project for the curricular reform of Basic Education in Guinea-Bissau (RECEB), in a partnership between the National Institute for the Development of Education of Guinea-Bissau (INDE) and the University of Minho. Ph.D. in Education, Teaching Methodology of History and Social Sciences and Master’s and post-doctorate under the Historical Consciousness Research Project: theory and practices II, financed by FCT.

Moisés de Lemos Martins: Full Professor at the University of Minho, he is the Director of the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) at the University of Minho, which he founded in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences at the University of Human Sciences in Strasbourg, in 1984. Teaches and investigates social semiotics, sociology of communication and culture, intercultural communication, Portuguese-speaking studies. He is the Director of the magazine Comunicação e Sociedade and also of the Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais. In associative terms, he was President of Sopcom, Confibercom, and Lusocom. Among his works are Crisis in the Castle of Culture (2011); L’imaginaire des mediums (with Michel Maffesoli, 2011), Portugal Illustrated in Postcards (with Madalena Oliveira, 2011); Paths in Social Sciences (2010); Communication and Lusophony (with Helena Sousa and Rosa Cabecinhas, 2006); Language, Truth and Power (2002); The Eye of God in Salazar’s Discourse (1990).

Rosa Cabecinhas: Director of the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Minho. She is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the Institute of Social Sciences and researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre. She has developed research of an interdisciplinary nature and integrates several national and international associations in the areas of communication, psychology, education and cultural studies. Her main research interests combine the areas of intercultural communication, social memory, social representations, social identities, social discrimination, and diversity. Among her works, the following books stand out: Preto e Branco: The naturalization of racial discrimination (2017, 2nd edition) and, in co-authorship Intercultural Communication: Perspectives, Dilemmas, and Challenges (2017, 2nd edition).

Sheila Khan: Sociologist, a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho. Ph.D. in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from the University of Warwick, in her academic career she has focused her attention on post-colonial studies, with a special focus on relations between Mozambique and Portugal, including the issue of Mozambican immigrants in Portugal. Among the themes, she has worked on are contemporary Mozambican and Portuguese history and literature, narratives of life and identity from the global South, authorities of memory and post-memory. It is worth mentioning her recent books, Portugal in Colored Pencil: South of a post-coloniality (Almedina, 2015); Visits to João Paulo Borges Coelho: readings, dialogues and futures (et al., 2017, Colibri); Mozambique on the Move: Challenges and Reflections (with Paula Meneses and Bjorn Bertelsen, Brill, 2018). Currently, Ph.D. researcher of the project funded by the European Research Council, EXCHANGE and member of the research team of the FCT / Aga Khan project on intercultural relations between Mozambique and Portugal.

Researchers from the project organize the panel “An African contemporary art, a global art?” with an open call for papers

The call for papers is open for the panel “Contemporary African Art, a Global Art?” proposed by researchers José Carlos Venâncio and Filimone Meigos, team members of the project Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal? The panel is part of the program of the 11th Iberian Congress of African Studies, which will be held on July 2-4 at the University of Lisbon.

The panel proposes to bring together “researchers, critics, curators, journalists and other actors concerned with the reception and appreciation of African art with their makers, based in Africa or the Diaspora, to reflect together on the State of Arts of contemporary art. Africa in the context of globalization.”

Submission of communication proposals to this panel must be made on the congress website until 24 February 2020.

Debate around documentary Mozambique. Lucid Dreams

Next Saturday, November 23, there will be a debate around documentary Mozambique. Lucid Dreams of directors João Campos and Fernando Almeida. The session will begin with the screening of the documentary followed by the debate, with the mediation of the researchers Sheila Khan and Rosa Cabecinhas, both are part of the project’s research team. The activity will take place at the Nogueira da Silva Museum, in Braga, at 4 pm.

The achievement is a partnership of the Cultures Past & Present project, Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Master of Sociology, Permanent Seminars of Communication and Diversity and the Post-Cultural Studies Group.

João Campos was born in Braga in 1951, having lived and studied in this city, in Mozambique, in Coimbra and in Porto. He graduated in Civil Engineering having taught in preparatory, secondary and university education. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cine-Clube de Braga and has been dedicated to photography since 1973. He has participated in several solo and group photographic exhibitions. Makes documentaries in video format.

Fernando Almeida was born in Braga in 1950, having lived and studied in this city, in Coimbra and Porto. He graduated in Electrical Engineering having been a teacher of preparatory education. He has been vice president of the Cine-Clube de Braga and has been a photographer since 1973. He has participated in several solo and group photographic exhibitions. He has published photographs in various magazines and books. Makes documentaries in video format.

Rosa Cabecinhas is the director of the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Minho and co-Pi of Cultures Past & Present project. She is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the Institute of Social Sciences and a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Racism and Ethnicity in Portugal: A Psychosociological Analysis of the Homogenization of Minorities”, was awarded by the High Commissioner for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities. Her main research interests combine the areas of intercultural communication, social memory, social representations, social identities, and social discrimination. His works include the following books: “Black and White: The Naturalization of Racial Discrimination” (2017, 2nd Edition) and, in co-authorship, “Intercultural Communication: Perspectives, Dilemmas, and Challenges” (2017, 2nd Edition). edition).

Sheila Khan is a sociologist, currently a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho. Ph.D. in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from the University of Warwick, in her academic career, she has focused her attention on postcolonial studies, with special focus on relations between Mozambique and Portugal, including the issue of Mozambican immigrants in Portugal. The themes she has worked on include contemporary Mozambican and Portuguese history and literature, life and identity narratives from the global South, memory and post-memory authorities. Noteworthy are his recent books, “Portugal with Colored Pencils: A South of a Postcoloniality” (Almedina, 2015); “Visits to João Paulo Borges Coelho: readings, dialogues and futures” (et al., 2017, Colibri); Mozambique on the Move: Challenges and Reflections (with Paula Meneses and Bjorn Bertelsen, Brill, 2018). She is currently a Ph.D. researcher of the project funded by the European Research Council, EXCHANGE and member of the FCT / Aga Khan project research team on intercultural relations between Mozambique and Portugal.

Researchers presented papers at V Congress of Cultures

The 5th International Congress of Cultures: What Culture (s) for the 21st Century? It was held on November 6-8, 2019 at the University of Beira Interior, in Covilhã.  Several members of the Cultures Past & Present project research team – Memories, cultures, and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal? – participated in the activities like guest speakers, table coordinators and communications by proposal submission.

Professor Moisés de Lemos Martins was responsible for the communication The narratives and digital culture in the plenary session “Culture in the digital age”. The Professor Martins Mapera integrated the plenary session “Culture, creativity and tradition” with the communication untitled The Healer and the New Testament in Paulina Chiziane’s work.

The session “Arts, cultures, and education in Mozambique” was composed by researchers Alda Costa, Eliseu Mabasso, Celestino Joanguete, Edson Mugabe with the mediation of Professor Moisés de Lemos Martins. The researchers Rosa Cabecinhas, Ana Cristina Pereira, Lurdes Macedo, Alice Balbé, Luis Camanho, Isabel Macedo, Tiago Vieira, and Vítor de Sousa presented papers on thematic panels, distributed during the Congress.

The 5th International Congress of Cultures is a scientific partnership between the University of Beira Interior, the University of Minho, the Federal University of Bahia and the Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia and was partnered by the Cultures Past & Present project – Memories, cultures and identities: the past and present of intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal.

On November 5, the International Seminar on Memory, Diversity, and Identities: Challenges to Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century was organized by the project, which was part of the Congress program as a pre-congress.

International Seminar Memory, diversity and identities brought together an international team

The International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century was held on November 5th, 2019, at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), in the city of Covilhã. The auditorium of the UBI Central Library was the venue for conferences, thematic sessions and discussions promoted within the scope of the project Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?, which is funded by FCT / Aga Khan Development.

Members of the project work team presented investigations carried out over the past year and in progress and were attended by researchers, teachers, and students from the University of Beira Interior and other institutions from Mozambique and Brazil.

The opening conference was given by Professor Moisés de Lemos Martins, from CECS of the University of Minho, with the mediation of Professor Alda Costa, Assistant Professor and Director of Culture at the Eduardo Mondlane University of Mozambique.

The sessions with presentation of the research began with the theme Memory and museum exhibitions with communications: Entre memória e celebração: o estranho caso dos museus (in)desejados, Luís Cunha (CRIA, Universidade do Minho);O Museu Nacional de Etnologia (Portugal) e as representações de Moçambique, João Sarmento (CECS, Universidade do Minho); Arte africana, tradição e contemporaneidade. Sequências, ruturas e (algumas) problematizações, José Carlos Venâncio (Universidade da Beira Interior); e Curadoria, narrativização e memorialização em coleções e exposições museológicas: algumas considerações para início de investigação, Lurdes Macedo (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

The artist and researcher Catarina Simão opened the afternoon activities with the conference The National Museum of Ethnology of Nampula in the wake of her history: notes on the life of her images.

Following, the session on Portuguese and Mozambican Cinemas brought to the table communications: Do cinema ambulante em Portugal ao Kuxa Kanema em Moçambique: um olhar diacrónico sobre a história do cinema, Isabel Macedo e Eliseu Mabasso (CECS, Universidade do Minho; Universidade Eduardo Mondlane) e Cineastas emergentes em Portugal e Moçambique,Ana Cristina Pereira (CECS, Universidade do Minho). A apresentação de âmbito metodológico: Uma base de dados para a leitura e discussão de universos fílmicos, a partir de uma seleção das cinematografias moçambicana e portuguesa,Alice Balbé, Luís Camanho e Isabel Macedo (CECS, Universidade do Minho); e de análise fílmica: As sombras do passado colonial e as políticas de memória em Moçambique: reflexão a partir dos filmes O tempo dos leopardos e Uma memória em três actos,Edson Mugabe (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane).

The last thematic panel addressed the challenges of research, representations, and culture with communications: Complexidade da Política de Financiamento de Pesquisas Científicas em Moçambique, Celestino Joanguete (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane); O Curandeiro e o novo testamento na obra de Paulina Chiziane,Martins Mapera (Universidade de Zambeze); O passado colonial como problema não encerrado na contemporaneidade. A descolonização mental como possibilidade intercultural. O caso do Museu Virtual da Lusofonia, Vítor de Sousa (CECS, Universidade do Minho); e A relevância das fontes históricas e autorais na mediação da memória. Um estudo exploratório com manuais escolares de história portugueses e moçambicanos, Luís Camanho e Alice Balbé (CECS, Universidade do Minho).

The closing conference was held by an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho Rosa Cabecinhas who is the project’s co-PI. The conference entitled: Images and cleavages: a diachronic look at the visual representations of the liberation script in the Mozambican textbooks presented the first results of the ongoing research on the Mozambican and Portuguese history textbooks.

The International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century was part of the program of the 5th International Congress on Cultures: What Culture (s) for the 21st Century? as a pre-Congress. After the conference, members of the research team also held a general meeting.

Opening International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities

The official opening of the International Seminar on Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century was held on the morning of Tuesday, November 5 at 9 am.

The full professor Joaquim Paulo Serra,  the scientific coordinator of Labcom.IFP, and the Chairman of the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences and the assistant professor and Coordinator of the Organization of the 5th International Congress on Cultures, Urbano Sidoncha, both at Universidade da Beira Interior, welcomed the researchers and students present, along with Professor Moisés de Lemos Martins, Director of the Center for Communication and Society Studies at the University of Minho and project coordinator Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal? ”.

The activities follow with the conference Globalization, historical memory, cross-cultural identities given by Professor Moisés de Lemos Martins.

The full program can be checked on the website.

Catarina Simão is the guest speaker of the International Seminar Memory, diversity and identities

The International Seminar Memory, Diversity, and Identities: Challenges to Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century will be attended by guest speaker, artist, and researcher Catarina Simão. Catarina Simão’s communication entitled “The National Museum of Ethnology of Nampula in the wake of its history: notes on the life of its images” will be the starting point for the discussion about the theme of the seminar and the artist’s experience.

Catarina Simão (n.1972) is an artist and researcher, living between Lisbon and Maputo. Since 2009, his work has been presented internationally in art biennials and museums and has also contributed specific content to film festivals, conferences and, academic institutions, both in Europe and Mozambique. He is currently developing a project that historically and critically addresses the presence of Makonde art in image archives in museums or other colonial collections. The R-Humor exhibition is being prepared for the Avenida da India Gallery in Lisbon, where it will question the relationship between violence and knowledge.

The International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century will be held on November 5, 2019, in the Auditorium of the Central Library of the University of Beira Interior (UBI), in Covilhã – Portugal.

The complete program can be consulted on the website.

Admission is free.

Full Program available from the International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century

Check out the full seminar program of the International Seminar Memory, Diversity and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century that will be held at the Auditorium of the Central Library of the University of Beira Interior (UBI) in Covilhã, on November 5th:

9:00 Sessão de abertura

Moisés de Lemos Martins (Coordenador do Projeto “Memórias, culturas e identidades: o passado e o presente das relações interculturais em Moçambique e Portugal”, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Paulo Serra (Instituto Coordenador da Investigação, Universidade da Beira Interior)

Urbano Sidoncha (Presidente da Comissão Científica do V Congresso Internacional sobre Culturas: que culturas para o século XXI?, Universidade da Beira Interior)

9:30 – 10:15 Conferência I 

Globalização, memória histórica, identidades transculturais Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

10:15 – 10:45 Intervalo

10:45 – 12:30 Memória e exposições museológicas

-Entre memória e celebração: o estranho caso dos museus (in)desejados
Luís Cunha (CRIA, Universidade do Minho)

-O Museu Nacional de Etnologia (Portugal) e as representações de Moçambique
João Sarmento (CECS, Universidade do Minho)


Arte africana. tradição e contemporaneidade. Sequências, ruturas e (algumas) problematizações
José Carlos Venâncio (Universidade da Beira Interior)

-Curadoria, narrativização e memorialização em coleções e exposições museológicas: algumas considerações para início de investigação
Lurdes Macedo (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

12:30 – 14:00 Almoço

14h00 – 14:45 Conferência II
O Museu Nacional de Etnologia de Nampula no encalce da sua história: notas sobre a vida das suas imagens
Catarina Simão (artista/investigadora)

14:45 – 16:15 Cinemas português e moçambicano

-Do cinema ambulante em Portugal ao Kuxa Kanema em Moçambique: um olhar diacrónico sobre a história do cinema
Isabel Macedo & Eliseu Mabasso (CECS, Universidade do Minho; Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

-Cineastas emergentes em Portugal e Moçambique
Ana Cristina Pereira (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

-Uma base de dados para a leitura e discussão de universos fílmicos, a partir de uma seleção das cinematografias moçambicana e portuguesa
Alice Balbé, Luís Camanho e Isabel Macedo (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

-As sombras do passado colonial e as políticas de memória em Moçambique: reflexão a partir dos filmes O tempo dos leopardos e Uma memória em três actos
Edson Mugabe (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

16:15 – 16:45 Intervalo

16:45 – 18:00 Investigação, representações e cultura

-A Complexidade da Política de Financiamento de Pesquisas Científicas em Moçambique
Celestino Joanguete (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

-O Curandeiro e o novo testamento na obra de Paulina Chiziane
Martins Mapera (Universidade de Zambeze)

-O passado colonial como problema não encerrado na contemporaneidade. A descolonização mental como possibilidade intercultural. O caso do Museu Virtual da Lusofonia
Vítor de Sousa (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

-A relevância das fontes históricas e autorais na mediação da memória. Um estudo exploratório com manuais escolares de história portugueses e moçambicanos
Luís Camanho e Alice Balbé (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

18:00 – 18:45 Conferência III

Imagens e clivagens: um olhar diacrónico sobre as representações visuais do script de libertação nos manuais escolares moçambicanos
Rosa Cabecinhas (CECS, Universidade do Minho)

International Seminar on Memory, Diversity, and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century

On November 5th, will be held at the Auditorium of the Central Library of the University of Beira Interior (UBI) in Covilhã, the International Seminar on Memory, Diversity, and Identities: Challenges for Intercultural Relations in the 21st Century.

This seminar aims to promote the sharing of scientific works and critical reflection on the role played by cultural, artistic, and educational products – collections of museums, textbooks of history, and cinema – in the reconstruction of cultural memory. It is also the pre-event of the V International Congress on Cultures – What Culture (s) for the 21st Century?

Organized in partnership with the University of Beira Interior, it is responsible for the project Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?, Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Aga Foundation Khan for Development.

This initiative is attended by researchers and guest speakers such as Eliseu Mabasso (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique), Martins Mapera (University of Zambeze, Mozambique), José Carlos Venâncio (University of Beira Interior, Portugal), Moisés de Lemos Martins and Rosa Heads (University of Minho, Portugal), artist and researcher Catarina Simão, among others.

Free entry.