The nationalism of the 'five': the liberation struggle and post-independence trajectories
Augusto Nascimento (Instituto de Investigação Tropical (IICT))
Marcelo Bittencourt (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
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Short abstract:

Nowadays, nationalism became a brand identity. But, in times of global challenges, what is the value of the nationalist ideals of past decades for the the portuguese-speaking countries? After 50 years, what have changed in analyzes of these nationalisms?

Long abstract:

Regarding the former Portuguese colonies, if before 1975 the nationalist project of the leaders of liberation movements had been transmitted to people by the war, after independences, the dictatorships diminished the economic, social and cultural options in these countries. Not questioned, nationalism became a brand identity as much as imposed by the war and the difficulties of everyday life, meanwhile the dictatorial policies corrode the popular base of support for the parties in power. The transition to a multiparty system has revealed the challenges affixed to portuguese-speaking countries, especially the development and social cohesion. Presently, also having to deal with multiple identities in an era of global challenges, what is the value of the nationalist ideals of past decades? With what actors, resources and political objectives one can count for the renewal of national identification in regional contexts of accelerated and uncertain social and political transformation? The aim of this panel is to share analyzes about the course of nationalist ideologies that point out their political role and impact on societies, as well as the potential value of these nationalisms (perhaps unrecognizable today's politically and ideologically) in promoting political and social cohesion in times of plural identities, globalization and the African political integration projects. Finally, after 50 years on the first nationalist organizations, what have changed in the way of analyze these nationalisms?