In the aftermath of colonialism: Nostalgia, post-memory, reparatory writing and (re)history

The next session of the Permanent Seminar in Post-Colonial Studies will take place on 10 December at 3 pm. “In the aftermath of colonialism: Nostalgia, post-memory, reparatory writing and (re)history” is the theme; Orquídea Ribeiro (UTAD) is the guest speaker.

The relationship of the Portuguese people with memory and contemporary history in relation to the colonial past goes through silences, erasures and dememories that have not yet been overcome/deconstructed, which presents itself as an obstacle to the establishment of new and strong ties with the former overseas territories.

The aim of this seminar is to reflect on the multiplicity of “texts” that strive to write the memories, read the visions, rewrite the history of Portuguese colonialism in recent decades, and thus eliminate the silences, enabling the post-memory, so that history is not synonymous with dememory, but allows some reparation within the collective memory. To this end, a survey of publications, exhibitions, and audiovisual records was made to allow a reflection on contemporary readings of Portuguese colonialism.

Orquídea Ribeiro has a PhD in Human and Social Sciences – Culture – and is an Associate Professor with aggregation (in Cultural Sciences) at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. She has published in the area of Cultural Sciences/Cultural Studies, namely in the area of post-colonial cultures of the Portuguese language and Afro-American studies. She integrates the direction of the PhD and MA courses in Cultural Sciences at UTAD.
Her research interests include Cultural Sciences [Portuguese-Speaking African Cultures; Comparative African Cultures (English-language); Colonial Studies; Post-Colonial Studies; Urban Studies]; [Digital] Cultural Heritage; and Creative Cities.

The session will take place via Zoom.

[Posted: 26-11-2021]