Contested Histories and the Curatorial: “The Portuguese Revolution Is an African Revolution”

Carolina Rito, Kostis Kornetis (Editor), Sally Alexander, Kepa Fernández de Larrinoa, Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Niall HD Geraghty, Alison Ribeiro De Menezes, Leigh Payne, Valentina Infante Batiste

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Abstract

On the 25th of April 1974, the Portuguese military takes over the streets of Lisbon
bringing to a closure the longest dictatorship in Europe in the 20th century. It was
followed by a two-year transition process to democracy, led by socialist ideas based on providing food, housing and education to all. However, there is still a blind-spot in the narratives surrounding the history of the revolution, its decolonial process. This paper aims to revisit the revolution and reposition it in the liberation movements in Africa, the socialist solidarities, and the long-standing war waged by Portugal against the independent movements in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau since 1961.
Portugal has seen the rise of the colonial narrative (known as discoveries) in the last ten years, with the announcement of the Museum of the Discoveries, the celebration of the maritime deeds, and the returning of the dictatorship aesthetics. ‘Contested Memories and the Curatorial’ does not aim to rewrite history, but rather to explain the crisis of memory regimes in contemporary Portugal and its lack of critical discourse towards the colonial past and its contemporary affects.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
EventGenerational Memories and the Resurgence of the Past in Southern Europe and Latin America - European Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201918 Jun 2019

Conference

ConferenceGenerational Memories and the Resurgence of the Past in Southern Europe and Latin America
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period18/06/1918/06/19

Keywords

  • postcolonial studies
  • revolution
  • independence
  • cinema
  • visual cultures
  • curatorial
  • Portugal
  • African studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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