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.