Free participation with mandatory registration
Online - April 14th 2021 – April 16th 2021
An organisation ECHOES - UNRIO/CES-UC/Aahrus Univerasity
Free participation with mandatory registration
With the question Decolonizing the postcolonial? we expect to launch a debate on sensitive issues around the colonial heritages in postcolonial contexts in Europe or historically colonised areas. Practices and materializations of those legacies will be discussed, as well as heritage processes, value attribution, their uses and appropriations at global and local scales.
In this congress, the ECHOES project focuses on the following themes and consequent challenges:
The plurality of those legacies and their reinventions by socially, ethnically and culturally diversified groups to highlight and problematise processes of invisibility and silencing.
The ways, languages and strategies promoted by decolonisation processes of colonial heritages which have led to the conquering of rights, reparations and emancipations.
The heritages in dispute and memory struggles involving diverse agents and agencies and presented in different scales, rhythms and chronologies.
Two notions are key to this debate: heritage as an action-concept anchored in history; decoloniality as practice, that is, as an attitude whose movement requires the understanding of alternative ways of producing and validating knowledge. In this way, views and knowledge of diverse natures - forged in social movements, activism and science - capable of producing knowledge and collaborating with decolonial heritage processes will be presented. Above all, we seek to analyse the multiple ways decolonial practices can build bridges and confront racisms and prejudices underlying the present colonial legacy.
In Brazil, the colonial legacy - which is also a presence - is reaffirmed at different times since the country's independence in 1822, including the abolition of slavery in 1888. Its effects last until today in the form of structural racism. Rio de Janeiro, which hosts this event, and Lisbon are port cities intertwined by the history of the problematic and repeatedly silenced African slave trade heritage. The purpose of this Congress is to debate some of the colonial conflicts and dilemmas that circumscribe these and other realities analysed within the scope of the ECHOES project and to understand how they dialogue with these moving heritage and memories.
Financed by the European Union (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 770248), the ECHOES project involves the ECHOES project involves six European universities and one Brazilian, one Chinese and one South African university, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, who will be present at the Congress round tables. Among the participant universities are the Conference organisers: the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro - Unirio, in partnership with the National History Museum (Brazil), and the Centre for Social Sciences - University of Coimbra.
The congress will feature conferences, special sessions and round tables, which will address broad territorialities and themes, such as: Museums and Decolonial Practices; Cities, Heritagization and Decolonization; Citizenship and Social and Artistic Movements; Scientific Diplomacy and Colonial Heritage; and Decolonial Heritage Public Policies.
Aline Montenegro Magalhães is a historian, with a Master’s and PhD in History (PPGHIS / UFRJ), with a post-doctorate degree in Museology. Researcher at the National Historical Museum (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), professor in the MBA course in museum management at the Cândido Mendes University (UCAM) and professor accredited in the Professional Master in History Teaching (ProfHistória / Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro - UNIRIO). She is the leader of the CNPq-certified Study Group "History Writings in museums: objects, narratives and temporalities" and is part of the Study Group on Cultural Heritage Policies, at UNIRIO. She is part of the ECHOES Project with UNIRIO and is a co-founder of the blog Exporvisões.
Ana Lira is a visual artist, photographer, curator, radio host, writer and editor based in Recife (PE - Brazil). She specializes in cultural theory and criticism. She observes (in)visibility as a form of power and devotes attention to dynamics involving everyday sensitivities. Her practice is based on collective processes and partnerships, having worked with them for more than two decades. In these initiatives, she dedicatee to strengthening collaborative creative practices that observe the lines of power relations that affect our communication process, the articulations of daily life and the way we produce knowledge in the world. She exhibited works in different locations, such as the Mercosul Biennial and the 31st São Paulo International Art Biennial. She participated in the residency program of the Delfina Foundation / Instituto Incluzartis, in Rio de Janeiro (2020) and London (2019). She published in Omenelick magazines 2o Acto, Outros Críticos and Continente; in the newspaper Nossa Voz (Casa do Povo, São Paulo) and reflections for the catalogs of the exhibitions À Nordeste (2019), Como (falar de) coisas que não existem: um livro a partir da 31a Bienal de São Paulo (Serralves, 2016). She also developed the account of the collective Políticas Públicas process, published in the Contemporary Journal (Nottingham Contemporary, 2020), as a contribution by the Amò articulation on the project of the same name. Among artist publications, she was editor of Cordão, by Eduardo Queiroga; Buenos Aires, Brazil, by Josivan Rodrigues; and co-editor and supervisor of Para Levantar As Forças, by Cecília Urioste.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. His most recent project - ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences - was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe (http://alice.ces.uc.pt/en/). He has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Danish, Romanian and Polish.
Britta Timm Knudsen is Professor of Culture, Media and Experience Economy at Aarhus University DK. Her research focuses on difficult heritage, affect and event studies, tourism and social media. She has published extensively on difficult heritage sites and how they are experienced and co-produced by publics through different media. She is likewise a leading scholar in the field of affect theory and methodology and has published the monograph (2015) Global Media, Biopolitics and Affect: Politicizing Bodily Vulnerability. Routledge (co-author Stage, C) as well as (2015) Affective Methodologies, Palgrave (with Stage, C). Being a WP-leader in ECHOES, she is co-editor of the special issue of the Journal Heritage & Society entitled Decolonising European Colonial Heritage in Urban Spaces. Co-author (2018) of Affective Politics and Colonial Heritage, Rhodes Must fall at UCT and Oxford (with Andersen, C), in the International Journal of Heritage Studies https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2018.1481134 and Affective Infrastructures of Re-emergence? Exploring Modalities of heritage Practices in Nantes (with Kølvraa, C.)(2021) Taylor & Francis Online, Open Access Affective Infrastructures of Re-emergence? Exploring Modalities of Heritage Practices in Nantes. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Decolonizing Colonial Heritage: New Agendas, Actors and Practices in and beyond Europe (with Oldfield, J, Buettner, L. and Zabunyan, E. (forthcoming), Routledge, Museum and Heritage Studies series. And author of Decolonial Countervisuality with Sorana Munsya, Laini Lusalusa and Stephanie Cillingwoode Williams in Decolonizing Colonial Heritage: New Agendas, Actors and Practices in and beyond Europe
Carla Fernandes was born in Angola and raised in Portugal. After her graduation in Translation studies, Carla moved to Germany to join the Portuguese editorial team for Africa at Deutsche Welle Broadcast, where she worked in the production of news reports and radio soap operas. She currently works as a journalist, freelance radio producer, blogger and cultural agent. Carla created the podcast "Rádio Afrolis” where she addresses issues related to Afro-descendant communities living in Lisbon and is the president of an association (Afrolis) with the same objective. Co-author and organizer of the poetry collection "Djidiu a Herança do Ouvido"
Elvan Zabunyan,contemporary art historian and art critic based in Paris, is professor at University of Rennes. For over 20 years, her work had focused on North American (and mainly African American) contemporary art history investigating its political, cultural, social, racial and gendered modalities. Desirous of affirming a history of art that is connected and without barriers, the subject of her research has naturally drawn her toward notions such as centers and peripheries, cultural displacement, scattered territories, the African diaspora, notions that have been associated with a need to unlock periodicity to understand the issues in colonial history and their impact on artistic and visual representations. Her current book project on cultural production since the 1960s and the memory of slavery in the US and in the Caribbean is thought as a renewal of these research activities and wishes to investigate the routes for a global art history. She is the author of numerous articles in periodicals and essays in books and exhibition catalogues. Her book Black is A Color, a History of African American Contemporary Artpublished in French (2004) and English (2005) won the research prize 2005 SAES/AFEA. She was in 2016-2017 the co-director of the annual program of Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschiste in Paris centering on the plural decolonial perspectives of historiographies deconstructing the colonial hegemony of the Western world. She is the leader of the work package « Artists and Citizens » for the European research program ECHOES (European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities) – 2018-2021.
Jan Ifversen (1955) holds a PhD in cultural studies from Aarhus University. He is currently associate professor in European Studies at the Department of global studies, Aarhus University. From 2004 to 2015, he was head of the Department of History and Area Studies and then vice-dean for internationalization at the same university. He is the author of two books in Danish, a history of current European history (Hjem til Europa, 1992) and a book on power, democracy and discourse (Om magt, demokrati og diskurs, two volumes, 1997). He has published many articles on conceptual history, intercultural relations, European history, European identity politics, heritage politics and history politics. He is one of the founding members of the international research group on conceptual history, History of Concepts Group. He has led several research projects and is currently co-PI of ECHOES, (Horizon 2020).