Review “The colonial past as a problem not closed in contemporary times. Mental decolonization as an intercultural possibility in times of resentment”

The Permanent Seminar on Post-Colonial Studies was held on December 11th, dedicated to the theme “The colonial past as a problem not closed in contemporary times. Mental decolonization as an intercultural possibility in times of resentment”. With the participation of Luís Lisboa, director of the FUA-Frente Unitária Antifascista, and Pedro Schacht Pereira, professor at Ohio State University (USA), the session sought to look at the concept of “artivism”, which is not widely accepted in the Social and Human Sciences, as a contribution to mental decolonization and intercultural possibility.

The challenge of ethnocentrism by post-colonial criticism has called into question a series of concepts and corresponding structures that would give stability to the social world. The subsequent destabilization, still ongoing in many parts of the globe, decentralizes the discussion, looking at those who have always been considered subordinates, as protagonists, placing them on an equal footing with those who have always been at the centre of the world.

The process is ongoing, calling into question, among others, the idea of ​​a museum, the statuary in the public space, and promoting discussions on structural racism, as well as gender issues. But it is also transversal in society, namely in the Portuguese, opposing a Luso-tropicalist vision, centred in Portugal, as a former colonizer country that promoted a “sweet colonization”, because it is different from other countries and that still endures, it is enough to pay attention to the contents related to that subject in the history manuals of secondary education. What comes to underline that the colonial past continues to be a problem not closed in contemporary times. How is the “other” represented?

Pedro Schacht Pereira was born in Porto, Portugal. He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University (USA).
Takes several courses on Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone Africa themes, with an emphasis on the formation of imperial discourses and their legacies in contemporary post-colonial cultures, Portuguese and Brazilian fiction from the 19th to the 21st centuries and in literature and cultural relations between the worlds Portuguese and Spanish speaking.

Luís Lisboa is an intersectional anti-fascist activist who lends his voice to the fight against human, animal and climatic oppression.
He studied classical humanities at the Faculty of Philosophy of Braga, but his whole life pursued a passion for music, whether as a multi-instrumentalist, promoter, teacher, DJ, etc.
Like many, he is also obliged to work for the capital, but prefers the pedagogy of the Performing Arts.
Pandemic times have come to change your life even more since for a moment it was designed for the stage of humanist activism. He collaborated with the Porto Anti-Fascist Nucleus, founded the one in Guimarães and is one of the most active leaders of the Anti-Fascist Unitary Front.
On August 11, she was one of 10 people (including 3 deputies) threatened by an extreme-right group. However, he did not silence his voice and continues to make his struggle heard.

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[Posted: 15-12-2020]