Seminar: Histories of the Present. The formation of contemporary world with Andreas Stucki (University of Bern) - 19 May 2023 - 4pm (GMT) . On site and online

Hugo Gonçalves Dores Discussion

Engendering Empire: Late Iberian Colonialism in Africa, 1955-1975 - Andreas Stucki

Organization: Hugo Gonçalves Dores (University of Coimbra), Ana Guardião (University of Florence), Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (University of Coimbra), José Pedro Monteiro (University of Minho)

When: 19 May 2023

Where: University of Minho (Braga)

Time: 4:00 pm (GMT)

On site and online*


We invite you to attend a seminar discussion by Andreas Stucki on the theme "History(ies) of the Present. The formation of the contemporary world". The abstract of the presentation is included below: 

Andreas Stucki, Engendering Empire: Late Iberian Colonialism in Africa, 1955-1975


This presentation focuses on culture and gender relations in the Portuguese and Spanish colonies in Africa. It shows that gendered education and indoctrination of African women was perceived as essential in maintaining Portuguese and Spanish rule. The first section of the paper sets out to assess the main differences between the large Portuguese and the small Spanish territories in Africa. It illustrates why shared chronologies, institutional exchange between the Iberian dictatorships, and tightly interlinked imperial rhetoric of exceptionalism make a strong case for bringing the Iberian empires together into a single analytical framework. The following case studies emphasize this assertion. They showcase, e.g., efforts to stage Portuguese domesticity in the colonies or the complex modalities of so-called indigenous co-operation and collaboration in what was “Spanish Guinea”. Recent trends in empire and colonial history in modern Iberian historiography are at the center of the concluding section.


* This seminar will take place in an online format. For registration send email to:

This initiative is sponsored by the project Humanity Internationalized: Cases, Dynamics, and Comparisons(PTDC/HAR-HIS/6257/2020).


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