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? ”.