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Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories: The Visual and Material Traces of Revolution and Return in Contemporary Portugal

Descripción del proyecto

Teorías novedosas sobre la historia, la memoria y la cultura visual

¿Puede una relectura cultural del pasado y sus mediaciones en el presente dilucidar cómo se produce el conocimiento histórico en los contextos actuales de cambio político? El proyecto MICoMe, financiado con fondos europeos, responderá a esta cuestión. Concretamente, estudiará cómo se produce el conocimiento sobre el pasado en el Portugal contemporáneo. Para ello, analizará compromisos individuales y colectivos con las huellas materiales y visuales que dejaron dos acontecimientos históricos relacionados entre sí: la Revolución de los Claveles de 1974 y el regreso de los colonos portugueses. Para recopilar datos empíricos sobre cómo se animan las grabaciones, las fotografías y los documentos de archivos familiares e institucionales para producir nuevas narrativas sobre el pasado reciente, el proyecto se basará en la observación etnográfica de los participantes, los métodos de historia de la vida y de historia oral, y las estrategias de obtención de fotografías y objetos.

Objetivo

This interdisciplinary project examines how knowledge about the past is produced in contemporary Portugal by analyzing individual and collective engagements with material and visual traces left by two entangled historical events: the 1974 Carnation Revolution and the return of Portuguese colonial settlers to the metropole. Both revolution and return were outcomes of the Portuguese Colonial War, known in the former colonies as the “Liberation Wars,” which resulted in the constitution of new African nations. Drawing on ethnographic participant observation, life history and oral history methods, and photo/object-elicitation strategies, this project gathers empirical data regarding how film, photography, and documents from institutional and family archives are animated in order to produce new narratives about the recent past. It thereby conceptualizes how knowledge about Portugal’s transition to democracy and, by extension, its relationship to the (de)colonial project is produced and mediated. In doing so, MICoMe puts forth novel theories regarding history and memory not separate entities, but rather co-constituting spheres of knowledge production and meaning making. As such, it develops innovative methodological approaches to understanding how contradictory and, at times, oppositional memories regarding the recent past are negotiated through public and private engagements with visual and material traces left by experiences with revolution and return. By juxtaposing colonial memories and militant imaginaries, this project posits that a cultural re-reading of the past and its mediations in the present can elucidate how historical knowledge is produced in in current contexts of political change while also unsettling closed narratives regarding empire, decolonization and political transition.

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Coordinador

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 159 815,04
Dirección
Campus de campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
Portugal

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Región
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
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