Call For Panels - International Congress “Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press”

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May 22, 2017 to May 25, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Library and Information Science

International Congress “Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press” Lisbon, Portugal, 22 and the 25th of May 2017

The Congress is promoted by the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-IP) and the International Project “Thinking Goa, and organized by CHAM – Portuguese Centre for Global History (CHAM-FCSH-UNL, UAç) in partnership with the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) and Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC-FLUL), having as its other partners the “Portal das Memórias de África e do Oriente” and the National Library of Portugal. 


Call for panels closes at 15.10.2016

In the sequence of the constitution of modern European empires of transcontinental vocation, modern colonialism and anticolonialism were structuring in the configuration of contemporary cultural and political ideas and in the complexification of the ideas of culture and politics.

In the conceptual debate of the last decades it has been emphasized the reality of Empires, not only colonial, as constitutive of local nets and hierarchies, and as promoter of a multiplication of congregating centers inside and outside Europe. Such perspective has promoted a new attention to empires as physical spaces of mobility and circulation of people, technologies, knowledges and ideas, as well as to the transfiguring and creative dimensions of such mobility and circulation. Without diluting the unequal relations inherent to the colonial reality, such approaches allow less Eurocentric historiographic approaches, more attentive to the diversity of agents and intellectual sources of thought about the construction of modernity. The ‘provincialization’ of colonialist Europe, cannot but have implications in the way imperial metropoles are looked at, by including them more clearly in the ‘colonial world’ and by viewing them as spaces of confluence and transit of people and debates, in a movement constitutive of their reality.

In this theoretical frame, it is underlined the necessity to reevaluate the place of periodical press in the mentioned conceptual configurations and dynamics. It was in the periodical press that intellectuals mainly expressed, debated and saw debated, ideas in defense of colonial regimes, as much as critics to colonialism, which increasingly developed into openly anticolonial discourses. Defending the theoretical-methodological potential of the concept ‘Colonial Periodical Press’, which already structures a transnational network of researchers, the promoters of the Congress in the concept newspapers, magazines, reviews, bulletins, annals, published in the colonies; similar titles published in the European metropolis dedicated to thinking colonial matters, or in which such matters are essential to internal debates or that deserve specific spaces; titles published in non-colonial or postcolonial spaces dedicated to colonial matters.

The present Congress, opened to the reality of the different modern Colonial Empires, without excluding other approaches aims in particular:

  1. A theoretical debate about the concept of Colonial Periodical Press, namely concerting its structuring and differentiating elements;
  2. The role of this press in the constitution of the political;
  3. The concept of public sphere viewed at the local, intercolonial and/or imperial plans;
  4. The languages of such press and the languages of historiography;
  5. Cultural press, idea(s) of culture and the construction of cultural imaginaries;
  6. Scientific press and colonial science(s);
  7. Role of the press in the creation of print local literatures and of literary cultures;
  8. Colonial, imperial and transimperial communication;
  9. Colonial periodical press and vaster editorial projects:
  10. Liberty, censorship and persecution;
  11. Colonialism and anticolonialism in such press;
  12. Intersections between technological development and circulation of contents in this press;
  13. Constitution of virtual archives of colonial periodical press

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