The CECS research project “Memories, cultures and identities: how the past weights on the present-day intercultural relations in Mozambique and Portugal?” has been approved by FCT/Aga Khan. This call within the framework of the Protocol for Cooperation in Science and Technology between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Imamat Ismaili, intends to support joint scientific and technological research projects, aiming to foster the welfare of people and building scientific, technical, social sciences and humanities research towards advances in quality of life in Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) and elsewhere in Africa.
CECS, who has been developing a vast scientific cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking countries, will coordinate the project in partnership with Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. From Mozambique, researchers from the University of Zambézia, the Higher Institute of Arts and Culture, the School of Journalism and other higher education institutions are also participating in the project.
It will be carried out a comparative study on the role of cultural and artistic products in mutual knowledge and in the (re)making of visions about the world. In particular, will be analysed the role of cinema, school History textbooks and museological collections in the promotion of intercultural dialogue. Young Mozambican and Portuguese students will be involved in this discussion.
For the director of the CECS and coordinator of the project, Moisés de Lemos Martins, this is an opportunity to deepen and consolidate the work that has been developed over the last 20 years, around intercultural relations, with researchers from lusophone countries.
Text: Isabel Macedo