Memory, Culture and Citizenship in Post-Colonial Nations

Organizers: Morgane Delaunay, Leonor Rosas & Adriana Duarte

Memory | Culture | Post-Colonialism | Citizenship


Nation states and self-acclaimed ‘global cities’ increasingly come under pressure to decolonise their commemorative landscapes. Civil society actors and social movements are facing-up to a difficult colonial past that appears strangely absent and yet omni-present.
The CITCOM sub-group Legacies of Empire is organising a new and interactive seminar cycle entitled ‘Memory, Culture and Citizenship in Post-Colonial Nations’, which will run until the end of the academic year in May, 2023.
Thought of as an open space for discussion, we invite scholars, city planners, artists and campaigners to examine urban public space, migration experiences, transculturality and contemporary art through a critical postcolonial lens. The series’ trans-disciplinary case-studies reach across Portugal, Europe, Brazil and Luso-Africa.

Agenda 2023/2024


  • Revolução e Cidadania Pós-Colonial - 9 April 2024.


Speakers: Ana Josefa Cardoso, Hélder Lopes (CECOMP FLUL), Joãzinho da Costa

Moderation: Adriana Duarte(CECOMP FLUL)

  • O Vale da Amoreira das Primeiras Coisas. Conversa com o escritor Bruno Vieira Amaral - 22 March 2024.


Speakers: Bruno Vieira Amaral (writer)

Moderation: Susana Araújo (FLUC, CECOMP FLUL)



  • What Memory Politics? On Restitution, Reparation and Apologies - 25 January 2024.


Speakers: Sahra Rausch (Universität Jena) and Yussef B. (pan-africanist activist)

Moderation: Leonor Rosas (ICS, Universidade de Lisboa)

  • Book Launch: Legacies of the Portuguese Colonial Empire (Bloomsbury), in presence of some of the authors and the editors - 29 November 2023.



  • Fotografar Abril: A memória da memória da revolução portuguesa - 20 October 2023.


Speaker: Ellen W. Sapega (Wisconsin University - Madison)

Moderation: Elsa Peralta (CeComp, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa)



Agenda 2022/2023



  • The Memory of Colonialism in Britain and France: the Sins of Silence - 3 May 2023.


Speaker: Itay Lotem (University of Westminster)

Moderation: Nuno Medeiros (CeComp, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa)

  • África Lusófona e Memória. Colonialismo, guerras de libertação e comemorações - 12 April 2023.


Speakers: Miguel Cardina (CES, Universidade de Coimbra) and Víctor Barros (IHC, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Moderation: Elsa Peralta (CeComp, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa)

  • Inequalities and Post-colonial City Spaces - 28 February 2023.


Speakers: Alana Osbourne(Laboratoire d'Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Simone Frangella (ICS, Universidade de Lisboa)
Moderation: Leonor Rosas (CeComp, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa)

  • A Traição como Forma: Colonialismo Tardio e Memória - 15 February 2023.


Speaker: Omar Ribeiro Thomaz (IFCH-Unicamp)
Moderation: Cláudia Castelo (ICS, Universidade de Lisboa)
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  • Post-colonial People. Historicizing the Retornados - 24 January 2023.


Speaker: Christoph Kalter (Department of Religion, Philosophy and History, University of Agder)
Moderator: Morgane Delaunay (CeComp, FLUL, Universidade de Lisboa)

  • Gentrification and Coloniality of Space in Lisbon - 24 November 2022.


Speakers: António Brito Guterres (Dinâmia-CET, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) e Eduardo Ascensão (CEG, Universidade de Lisboa)
Moderator: Ana Rita Alves (CES, Universidade de Coimbra)