“Activism in Angola: resistance manual” seminar

The next Permanent Seminar on Post-Colonial Studies will take place on February 25, at 5 pm. Entitled “Activism in Angola: resistance manual”, the session will be moderated by Joana Fonseca, from the University of Coimbra, with the participation of Adolfo Maria, Angolan nationalist, and Angolan activists, Laurinda Gouveia and Hitler Samussuku.

This seminar aims to promote dialogue between two generations of Angolan resistance and activists, looking for, in their testimonies, methods and techniques for protecting privacy and personal security that they have developed through experience. Taking into account the renewal of the Angolan security system, of which the new Integrated Public Security Center, with its 400 surveillance cameras looking at Luanda, it is urgent to discuss the need to reconfigure and adapt the ways of fighting to the new technologies applied to control of public space.

In order to contemplate the specificity of the political and social conditions of a diverse Angola, throughout its history, offering a wide coverage of the authoritarian life and experience, the session counts on the contributions of representatives of two generations and two moments of Angolan dissidence.

In the representation of the political struggle armed for the Independence of Angola will be present Adolfo Maria, prisoner and political exile who maintained activity beyond independence, in promoting culture and reflection. He is the author of an extensive work on the vast experience that goes from an Angola of the colonial dictatorship to Angola of the netist dictatorship, under the active watchful eye on the path it opened.

Representing contemporary activism, which awakens in 2011, Laurinda Gouveia and Hitler Samussuku, children of the Edwardian dictatorship will participate. They are two of the faces of the 15 + 2 case, political prisoners following the accusation of attempted Coup d’état, who have since given voice to the most diverse civil demands, collaborating and complementing each other in the resistance.

Adolfo Maria was a combatant of the “armed, political and cultural” struggle for the independence of Angola, a struggle that keeps alive in promoting culture and reflection. In the 60s, in exile, he founded the Center for Angolan Studies in Algiers and coordinates Rádio Angola Combatente. In the 70s, participation in Revolta Ativa, a tendency of the MPLA, obliges him, already in the post-independence period, to lead him to confinement, to a prison and to expulsion to Portugal. In the 80s, he created a reflection group on the Angolan civil war and, since then, he has signed and coordinated an extensive work, of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, of which I highlight Angola – Sonho e Pesadelo (2014) and Angola – A Hora of Change.

Laurinda Gouveia has a degree in Philosophy and is a political prisoner in the 15 + 2 case, she has become one of the few female faces in contemporary activism in Angola. She is currently a member of the coordination team of Ondjango Feminista, the first Angolan feminist movement, and co-founder of the new Unidas Somos Mais Fortes Collective. She is a civic reporter for the Central Angola 7311 project and promoter of the 10 standard library.

Hitler Samussuku has a degree in Political Science and, like Laurinda Gouveia, a political prisoner in case 15 + 2, on charges of attempted coup d’etat. His activism has resulted in the dissemination of information via Central Angola 7311, and in the promotion of civic participation through projects such as the Youth Movement for Autarchies, of which he is co-founder, of the Associação Civica Handeka, of which he is vice-president, and of the mOm project – monitor the municipality, which it coordinates. He is a rapper and a member of the Hip Hop group “Terceira División”.

Joana Bárbara Fonseca has a degree in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, is a researcher at the Center for Portuguese Literature at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra, where she completed her doctorate in Literature Materialities. She has developed an investigation within the scope of Surveillance Studies, specifically focused on new technologies applied to the monitoring and control of citizens and the public space in totalitarian regimes, as well as civil resistance and dissent in this context.

The session will take place via Zoom.

[Posted: 29-01-2021]