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Accepted Paper:

Creolisation and conviviality in Afro-Lisbon  


Otávio Raposo (University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL))

Paper short abstract:

This paper will focus on the sociability of people of African descent, focusing on their artistic and cultural productions.Based on ethnographic research on the daily lives of these young people on the outskirts of Lisbon,I intend to explore the concepts of creolisation, conviviality and lifestyles.

Paper long abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to address on the sociability, artistic-cultural productions and lifestyles of young black people, in an "Afro-Lisbon" of increasing importance in the internationalization of the city's cultural offer. The social transformations associated with an increasingly interethnic society drove a musical universe in Portugal marked by "black culture" symbols, which relies on new digital technologies to circulate and overcome the blockade of the cultural industry. This is evident in the Afro-house rhythm, in Cape Verdean Creole rap and in a wide range of other styles that mix African references with electronic music. With millions of views on Youtube and a strong presence in music festivals, the rhythms of this "Afro-Lisbon" are reproduced in a different way in their outskirt, transferring knowledge from social places at the margin of power from a decolonial perspective. If the invisibility of the black presence in Portugal has been challenged in recent years by the media explosion of these artistic-cultural productions, it is important to debate fundamental characteristics that accompany the socialization of its agents: creolisation, plurality and cosmopolitanism. Based on ethnographic research on the intercultural dynamics of neighbourhoods at the outskirts of Lisbon, I intend to link the everyday practices of people of African descent with their artistic creations. These can be understood as the result of migration process, negotiation and reterritorialization of transnational and diasporic identities, opening interesting connections to explore the concept of creolisation in theoretical, empirical and methodological terms.

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