Colonialism contemporary legacy in the Portuguese society through the prism of migrations

Leading researcher: Irène Strijdhorst dos Santos
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Migration | Portugal-Angola | Historicity | Social memories | Colonialism | Imperialism


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/72232/2010
Starting date: 01-04-11

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Abstract

During the last four decades Portugal witnessed a set of mutations in its historical relationship with Lusophone Africa, successively marked by decolonization and the settlers return to the metropolis, the development of a migratory flow from the former Portuguese colonies and, more recently, the development of Portuguese emigration to certain PALOPS (Organization of African countries whose official language is Portuguese). Despite the inter-relationships that are hold between them, these migratory movements have not been studied in na articulated manner, nor has the relationship eventually maintained with the legacies of the colonial past been sufficiently explored. This research proposes to question the founding dimension of colonial past experience and memory in the construction of collective identities and the “imagined communities” (“national”, “ethnic”) of these migrants populations. The research will compare three migration contexts related to African colonial history, analyzing the identity dimensions of the colonial experience memories, on the perspectives of the “former colonizers” and “ex-colonized”. Based on ethnographic surveys conducted simultaneously in Lisbon (along the “returnees” and youths “Luso-African”) and Angola (current Portuguese emigrants), the research also as a perspective that will value the similarities and differences between the Portuguese and the French cases.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub79*João LealSupervisorproj37*Colonialism contemporary legacy in the Portuguese society through the prism of migrationsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub240*Irène Strijdhorst dos SantosResearch scholarproj37*Colonialism contemporary legacy in the Portuguese society through the prism of migrationsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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