March 27, 2018

Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa (FLUL)

Amphitheatre III. 10:00 – 18:00

Using an interdisciplinary research agenda, located at the crossroads of anthropology, history, memory studies and postcolonial studies, the project aims to examine how individuals and groups construct memory narratives about conflicting events related to the end of the Portuguese empire – in particular what has been appointed by law and known by the common sense as the “Return” of Africa.

The aim is to analyze a series of memory narratives – including personal and family memories, fictional narratives, and publicly produced memories – through which the phenomenon of “Return” – as well as the experiences of war, violence, loss and trauma are expressed and internalized in the social domain. These narratives include witness narratives of so-called returnees from Africa and their descendants, collected through in-depth interviews, in the context of which personal and family stories, along with photographs and memorabilia, lead to an understanding of the inter-generational transmission processes. Simultaneously, these narratives also include fictional and memorial accounts – autobiographies, novels, television series, works of art, films, websites, memorials and museums, and commemorations – that in the last decades have been elaborating and / or to update discourses on the war, the return and the end of the colonial empire. Through the dialogue between different narrative modes, the purpose is to explore the articulation between lived experience and fiction, and the private and public spheres where the memories are enunciated.

Public conference with presentations of 20 minutes, followed by discussion time, for presentation of individual contributions and debate on the theme of the Project.

Activity carried out as part of the exploratory project “Narratives of Loss, War and Trauma: Portuguese Cultural Memory and the End of Empire” (IF/01530/2014), financed by FCT and headquarted at CEC.