Published the book “Abrir os Gomos do Tempo: Conversas Sobre Cinema em Moçambique” under the project

The book “Abrir os Gomos do Tempo: Conversas Sobre Cinema em Moçambique“, edited by Ana Cristina Pereira (CES/UC) and Rosa Cabecinhas (CECS/UM), researchers of the project “Memories, Cultures and Identities: the past and present of intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal” (FCT/Aga Khan) has just been published by UMinho Editora. The book published in the context of the project brings together a set of interviews with personalities on the history of cinema in Mozambique and is available for open access

This set of conversations is essentially aimed at those who like to hear stories told. These conversations have a strong cinematographic slant, not only because the motto that runs through them is cinema in Mozambique, but mainly because the way in which the memories that inhabit this space are revealed is also often formulated through images that have movement. Abrir os Gomos do Tempo: Conversas Sobre Cinema em Moçambique is also for those people who, like us, are happy to hear again the phrase, “another world is possible!” and has, in our view, the beauty and strength of the words of those who believe in new possibilities of life. The book opens with a preface by Nataniel Ngomane and consists of a set of conversations with key personalities in the history of Mozambican cinema: Américo Soares, Faria de Almeida, Gabriel Mondlane, Jean-Luc Godard, João Ribeiro, José Cardoso, Licinio Azevedo, Lopes Barbosa, Luís Carlos Patraquim, Pedro Pimenta, Ruy Guerra and Sol de Carvalho. The interviews were conducted by Ana Cristina Pereira, Diana Manhiça, Lurdes Macedo, Maria do Carmo Piçarra, Rosa Cabecinhas, Sheila Khan and Sílvia Vieira. The book ends with a speech by José Luís Cabaço, made in 1980, when he was Mozambique’s Minister of Information, accompanied by an introduction made by Cabaço himself, which corresponds to his current reading of that speech as Minister. This book is dedicated to the memory of Joaquim Lopes Barbosa (1945-2021) and is simultaneously a heartfelt tribute to all filmmakers who had the courage to face State censorship. This modest gesture is intended to encourage all those who still face it, in its many and varied forms. Dictators die, regimes pass, but films remain.

New book: Cultures and Tourism: Reflections on Heritage, the Arts and Intercultural Communication

The book Cultures and Tourism: Reflections on Heritage, the Arts and Intercultural Communication, edited by Moisés de Lemos Martins and Rosânia da Silva, has just been published, with support by Cultures Past & Present.

According to the editors, “as tourist practices lead to contact between peoples and populations’ relationships, identity and otherness issues immediately emerge”.

To what extent are the individuals living in the places tourists visit influenced, in their cultural and artistic practices and their representations of themselves, by the experiences tourists impart to them? How do tourists absorb, transform and assimilate what they see and experience? What are the cultural, social and economic impacts of this relationship? Cultures and Tourism: Reflections on Heritage, the Arts and Intercultural Communication addresses these and other questions and assembles 21 articles, selected from the corpus of papers presented at the international congress “Cultura e Turismo: Desenvolvimento Nacional, Promoção da Paz e Aproximação Entre Nações” (Culture and Tourism: National Development, Peace Promotion and Rapprochement Between Nations; 2018, Mozambique).

This work includes contributions from researchers from various continents and comprises four sections, under the topics “Tourism, Culture and Art”, “Tourism, Development and Communication”; “Cultural Heritage: Festivities, Handicrafts and Gastronomy” and “Tourism Routes and Landscapes”.

Caderno MICAR 2021 launched with participation and support from the Project

On the first day of the 8th MICAR – International Anti-Racist Film Exhibition, promoted by SOS Racism, the Caderno Micar 2021 – Contributions of texts and visual essays for the 8th edition was launched. Held on October 8, 9 and 10, 2021, at Teatro Rivoli, Micar provided film screenings, exhibitions and debates. The Project Cultures Past & Present joined the institutional partnerships in supporting the organization of the event, which has the support of the Municipality of Porto and the Teatro Municipal Rivoli, where the exhibitions take place.

The book contains articles by Isabel Macedo, Rosa Cabecinhas, Alice Balbé, Filipa César, Gisela Casimiro, Luísa Semedo, Hugo Silveira Pereira, Mário Moura, Nuno Coelho and Emicida, illustrations, visual essays, in addition to the synopses and technical files of the films present in this MICAR edition.

Book “Áfricas: mobilidade, violência, memória e criatividade” is launched as part of the project

The book Áfricas: mobilidade, violência, memória e criatividade, edited by the researcher and professor João Sarmento, it is one of the results of the Summer School “Áfricas. Mobility, violence, memory and creativity ”, organized by the Center for Studies in Communication and Society (CECS), Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, in conjunction with the project“ Memories, cultures and identities: the past and the present of relationships intercultural experiences in Mozambique and Portugal ”(FCT / Aga Khan).

The Summer School, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, was held between July and October 2020, as a way of creating environments for discussion and interaction. The proposal had as its starting point four themes and objectives: to understand Africa as a continent of mobility; examine dimensions related to violence, poverty, terrorism and racism; focus on dimensions of the construction of memory, highlighting dimensions such as cinema, architecture and heritage; and to think about the creation process, reflecting on production and consumption strategies and daily lives, both in terms of imagery / symbolism.

Seeking to stimulate a multidisciplinary look from the social sciences, humanities and arts to, on and from the African continent, providing specific training on this territory, the Summer Course focused on training scholarship holders for critical thinking and for discussing strategies, methods, objects and research topics. Knowledge and skills have been developed that allow the design and continuation of autonomous research projects, allowing the scholarship holders to acquire research, analysis, interpretation and criticism skills from sources.

The book has the collaboration of several researchers from the Cultures Past & Present project, such as João Sarmento, Lurdes Macedo, Rosa Cabecinhas, Isabel Macedo, Sheila Khan and Vítor Sousa, in addition to professors from the Institute of Social Sciences, research and scientific initiation scholarship holders from the School of summer.

Funded by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, within the scope of Support for integrated R & D and higher education initiatives that contribute to the process of economic and social stabilization through higher qualification to be developed in the summer of 2020, in collaboration with the General Directorate of Higher Education (DGES).
Funded under the “Knowledge for Development Initiative”, by the Aga Khan Network for Development and by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, IP (no 333162622) in the context of the project “Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal? ”.

The new issue of Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies is about Colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial museums, collections and exhibitions

The Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies (RLEC) on “Colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial museums, collections and exhibitions“, edited by Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal), João Sarmento (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal) and Alda Costa (University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique) is available in free access.

The journal Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais/Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies is published twice a year and is bilingual (Portuguese and English). This publication is funded by national funds through Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., within the scope of the Multiannual Funding of the Communication and Society Research Centre 2020-2023 (which integrates base funding, with the reference UIDB/00736/2020, and programmatic funding, with the reference UIDP/00736/2020).It is also funded within the scope of the “Knowledge for Development Initiative”, by Rede Aga Khan para o Desenvolvimento and by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. (nº 333162622).

Published issue of Vista magazine nº6 co-edited by project members

The new issue of VISTA Journal is the dossier entitled (In) Visibilities: image and racism, co-edited by Ana Cristina Pereira, Michelle Sales, and Rosa Cabecinhas. VISTA Journal, number 6 – intends to reflect on the relationship between image and racism over time.
In the introduction, the authors justify the theme of the edition: “The images reflect or defy” old “abyssal cleavages, forged during European colonialism and are, at the same time, an expression of the oppression and resistance that has been made to it. Above all, in what refers to invisibility. The proposed reflections reveal the implication, denounce naturalized offenses, question silences, and, finally, propose new visualities for black bodies, not necessarily in that order. More than giving visibility, we try to show how invisible a substantial part of the visible remains – making invisibility itself visible, in the impossibility of recovering what has been systematically and long erased. “

Ana Cristina Pereira and Rosa Cabecinhas are researchers of the project Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?”. The VISTA Journal – Revista de Cultura Visual is a publication of the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences (SOPCOM).

Cover of Vista Journal nº6 . Image of the artist Aline Motta

Call for papers: Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies about Colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial museums, collections and exhibitions

A Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies opens a call for papers for volume 7, no. 2, with theme Colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial museums, collections and exhibitions. The editors are professors Moisés de Lemos Martins (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal), João Sarmento (CECS, University of Minho, Portugal) & Alda Costa (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique) members of the Cultures Pas & Present project team.

The encounter between audiences and art objects, in a specific space, has a long and complex history. It is a hermeneutical challenge, which changes over time, in accordance with the needs of the epoch and the objectives of each society and culture. In this encounter between art, time and audiences – which is both complex and fleeting – museums, collections and exhibitions project different representations of the world and narratives of the lives of human communities, which observe the standards of a wide array of different, and often conflicting, curatorial strategies.

Museums, collections and exhibitions are always regulated by political and programmatic objectives and are therefore open to multiple interpretations. Museums, collections and exhibitions always observe a regime of truth, regardless of whether they are founded by nation states, or by revolutionary or counter-revolutionary forces, and whether they are in support of the established regimes, or aim to alter the established order. This regime of truth is the core condition for the possibility of representations that a specific community makes of itself and its epoch, while also formulating possibilities of meaning in order to help us understand what it means to be human.

In the case of exhibitions, which are organised for pre-defined periods of time and which generate more or less strong memories, of pacification and connection, or of rupture and withdrawal, the study of surviving materials – whether memories, artefacts, catalogues, news or posters – although unable to reproduce the actual experience of the exhibitions, make it possible to create records of their underlying discourses.

This issue of the Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies aims to explore all these dimensions of museums, collections and exhibitions – their representations, narratives and memories, how they intersect with colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial dimensions, i.e. related to the retrieval, denunciation and representation of the subordinate status, and also with the legitimation of social movements.

We aim to present studies that take into account the analysis of museums, and also of collections and exhibitions of colonial states, which also extends to contemporary post-colonial museums and exhibitions. We thereby seek to analyse both large-scale state projects, in important official sites, as well as more or less alternative exhibition in small private galleries, involving a highly diversified range of public, private or non-governmental agents.

For this issue of the Revista Lusófona de Estudos Culturais / Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies we will accept contributions on museums, collections and exhibitions that question colonial, anti-colonial and post-colonial identities and memories.

Full article submission deadline: May 6, 2020 extended to May 20 
Editor’s decision on full articles: July 27, 2020
Deadline for sending the full version and translated version: September 21, 2020
Issue publication date: December 2020

More informations: here.