Seminar “A European unconscious. Racism, memory, citizenship”

The Permanent Seminar on Post-Colonial Studies will take place on November 25, at 2:30 pm. The session, dedicated to the theme “A European unconscious. Racism, memory, citizenship”, will include the participation of Paulo de Medeiros, from the Warwick University.

Who could have imagined that 2020 would be a year of crises on a global scale, from which, if it is possible to emerge, will have profound consequences? The current pandemic immediately exposed not only extremely vulnerable points in our societies, but also made it possible to glimpse the unavoidable links between neoliberal ideology, advanced capitalism, and systemic racism. A brief reflection on the ‘European unconscious’, that is, racism as a founding element, but always repressed, of European Modernity, based on a reading of texts by Toni Morrison, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, and Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida.

Paulo de Medeiros is Full Professor of World Literature in the Department of English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He chaired the American Portuguese Studies Association in 2013 and 2014 and is an associate researcher for the Memoirs Project at the Center for Social Studies. In 2015, he published The Silence of the Mermaids – Essay on the Book of Disquiet (Tinta da China) and has just co-organized a volume of essays on Contemporary Lusophone African Cinema: Transnational Communities and Alternative Modernities (Routledge, 2020). He is currently preparing several studies on memory, post-memory and post-imperial Europe.

The session takes place via Zoom.

[Posted: 03-11-2020]