Reconfiguring identities in a changing world: press, journals and books since the 1950's
Noemi Alfieri (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Helena Wakim Moreno (Universidade de São Paulo / Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
B1 0.06
Friday 19 July, 11:30-13:00, 14:00-15:30, 16:00-17:30

Short abstract:

This panel aims to debate the circulation of ideas and the reconfiguration of identities starting from the production and circulation of printed materials - either books or periodical publications - written and red by Africans or in Africa on the second half of the XXth Century.

Long abstract:

The circulation of printed material in the second half of the 20th Century reflected the cultural and social changes affecting Africa and the rest of the world. As the written culture was deconstructing the European heritage, it was struggling for its right to self-determination and to create a new pattern that could fit properly to the African reality. Citing Stuart Hall, though, every form of identity has got its borders and limitations because it implies the narrativization of historical, cultural and linguistic resources. Imagining what it could become, a community adopts the representation that will function as interaction with the external world, creating a narration with fantastic elements. As identity does not correspond to an immutable and essential core of a society, the main purpose of this panel is to understand how journals, literature and the press reacted to the renewed social, political and cultural configurations. How did the printed material circulate between the African countries and in which frame it was spread outside Africa? Which were the contacts between writers, journalists and thinkers native from the different countries, in a Pan-African perspective? What kind of internal ambivalences and contrasts were animating the cultural debate? Reflecting about these opened questions is necessary to deconstruct exclusivist discourses of national narrations and to promote a deeper comprehension of the phenomena that lead to a deep turning point in the African culture.