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? ”.