Colonial press as an archive of connected histories

Sandra Ataíde Lobo (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Alice Santiago Faria (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Adelaide Vieira Machado (USP; CHAM-NOVA-FCSH)
B1 1.10
Thursday 18 July, 14:30-16:00, 16:30-18:00

Short abstract:

Colonial press, understood as a common and plural archive of histories that simultaneously connect spaces and populations, is a privileged source and a field of studies to think cultural and political relations of colonial and postcolonial world.

Long abstract:

Histories and cultures connected by a common colonial past only become interesting to the present, and valid dynamics for the future if, informed by an ethic and levelled scientific and intellectual attitude, they may rely on sources democratically shared. Social and Human Sciences' approaches to the connected experiences of colonialism in Africa need to consider its different past actors and visions, and the diverse departing-points and focuses that inform present scientific discourses. Such basic attitude fostering dialog and crossing of knowledges, aim at renewed readings of power and counterpower discourses, colonialists and anticolonial, understanding them as a complex nets of visions that imply stops in natural processes, developments unequal and combined in space and time, losses and reconstructions of memoirs and identities. Colonial press, understood as a common and plural archive of histories connecting African and non-African spaces and populations, is a privileged source and field of studies to think colonial and postcolonial cultural and political relations. The actors it mobilized make press unavoidable to understand the identitarian "us". Investment in the study of this virtual and endangered archive, and in its democratic access, becomes urgent, viewing more plural, equitable and empathic horizons than the present. Preservation, digitalization, open access, are inescapable desiderata to surpass distances and dispersions. Ample scientific and technical access to new forms of thinking sources and knowledge, allowed by Digital Humanities, are ways to democratize cutting-edge research. The convenors welcome proposals approaching: circulation of ideas, movements and intellectuals; comparative; applying digital methods; archive politics, amongst others.