Margarida Calafate Ribeiro is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and holds the Eduardo Lourenço Chair at the University of Bologna/ Camões. She specialises in literature and history of the Portuguese empire, politics and heritage, working in the interstices between literary studies and history. Her recent research has been focused particularly on the memory and postmemory of colonialism and empire, identities and postcolonialism, and women and war, in the Portuguese context. In 2015 she was awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for the project “MEMOIRS - Children of Empires and European Postmemories”. Her work has been published widely and her seminal study Uma História de Regressos: império, Guerra Colonial e pós-colonialismo (2004) presents the foundations of such interdisciplinary research.
António Pinto Ribeiro is an associate researcher of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. He has been active both as a scholar and as a cultural programmer in Portugal. He has been artistic director or chief curator in major Portuguese cultural entities, namely Culturgest (Cultural Centre in Lisbon) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Currently, António Pinto Ribeiro is the General Commissioner of “Lisbon – Ibero-American Cultural Capital 2017”. His major research interests focus on contemporary art by African and South-American artists. Of all his publications, his last book Miscelânea (2015) stands out.
Felipe Cammaert is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. He holds a PhD in Romance Studies and Comparative Literature from Paris Nanterre University, with a thesis on memory representations in António Lobo Antunes and Claude Simon’s works. He received a research grant from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2017) and a postdoctoral grant from FCT at Centre for Comparative Studies (FLUL, 2008-2014) in comparative literature and contemporary Portuguese literature. He has lectured at University of Picardie (France), University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Los Andes University (Colombia), and was a researcher at the National Library of Colombia. He has translated French and Portuguese contemporary authors into Spanish for Latin America.
2013 - Ciudad Alegre y Triste, Inmigrantes III. Bogotá: El Peregrino Ediciones.
2009 - L´écriture de la mémoire dans l´oeuvre d´Antonio Lobo Antunes et de Claude Simon. Paris: L´Harmattan.
2015 - Biblioteca Básica de Cultura Colombiana. Bogotá: BNC. (Ed.)
2014 - Naturalismos. De Lucrécio a Lobo Antunes. Lisboa: Húmus. (Ed. with Kelly Benoudis Basílio)
2011 - António Lobo Antunes. A Arte do romance. Lisboa: Texto Editores. (Ed.)
2017 - “Gonçalo M. Tavares: un lúcido combate contra el lugar común”, in Gonçalo M. Tavares, El reino. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes, 13-20.
2017 - “Le Cul de Judas d’António Lobo Antunes", in Cécile Brochard (dir.), Expériences de l’Histoire, poétiques de la Mémoire. Paris: Ellipses, 173-224.
2017 - “El humano ante la máquina del mundo: obras de Paulo José Miranda”, in Paulo José Miranda, La enfermedad feliz y otras obras. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes, 10-21.
2011 - “You don’t invent anything”: memory and the patterns of fiction in Lobo Antunes’ works", in Victor K Mendes (ed.), Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies. Facts and Fictions of António Lobo Antunes, n°19/20, 267-289.
2016 - “Paranoid Shrinks: The Circulation of Cultural Materials in Pynchon and Antunes”, Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, Vol. 66, n. 1, 81-95. (With Luc Herman; Bart Vervaeck.)
2014 - “Autoría y autoridad en diálogo: António Lobo Antunes, Enrique Vila-Matas, César Aira”,Literaturas e culturas em Portugal e na América Hispânica, Lisboa, Húmus, 187-198.
2014 - "Recordações da casa dos vivos e dos mortos em António Lobo Antunes: representações do espaço doméstico na adaptação teatral de O Esplendor de Portugal (Maison de la Culture de Bobigny, 2011)", Público e Privado Público: o Deslizar de uma Fronteira, Lisboa, Húmus, 225-241.
Fernanda Vilar is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Comparative African Literature from Paris Nanterre University (2015), in which she analyzed the expression of violence on contemporary African Novels (Sony Labou Tansi, Mia Couto and J.M. Coetzee). She worked in the team in charge of the External Communications of the European Commission's interpreting service (2016). She was selected by UNO’s Academic Impact Hub, which culminated in her speech about women’s rights at the General Assembly in New York City (2015). She received an excellence scholarship for her Master at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where she was a lector of Portuguese as a foreign language (2010-2012). She taught Portuguese at University of Marne la Valée (2012-2013). She translated into Portuguese the novel La vie et demie by Sony Labou Tansi, waiting to be published.
2014 - “Desvios morais na obra de Mia Couto”, in Sylvie Hanicot-Bourdier, Nicole Fourtané, Michèle Guiraud (org.), Normes et déviances dans le monde luso-hispanophone. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 397-410.
2014 - “De Kourouma à Mia Couto: la distance ironique de l’histoire”, in Ana Paula Coutinho, Maria de Fatima Outeirinho, José Domingues de Almeida (Org.), Retour sur les discours postcoloniaux fondateurs: relectures, ressourcements et palabres (Coleção Libretos). Porto: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, 47-55.
2013 – “Le flamant, la lionne et la décolonisation au Mozambique", in Geetha Ganapathy-Dore, Michel Olinga, et al. (ed.), Images of Decolonization / Images de la Decolonisation : SARI (Société d'Activités et de Recherches sur les mondes Indiens). Cergy-Pontoise: Le Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe, 169-185.
2017 - “Virilidade em personagens femininos de Guimarães Rosa: A dupla natureza oximórica de Diadorim”, Iberic@l, Revue d’études ibériques et ibéro-américaines, n.11, 213-224 (with Marcelo Marinho).
2017 - “Guimarães Rosa ‘ad immortalitatem’: la mort et l’immortalité dans «le verbe et le logos»", Nonada, v.2, n. 29, 76-88 (with David Lopes).
2016 – "A escrita da violência em Mia Couto, Sony Labou Tansi e J. M. Coetzee", e-cadernos, n. 26, 92-111.
Hélia Santos is Project Manager at the Centre for Social Studies since 2012, where she currently monitors the implementation of Memoirs. Additionally, she is part of Memoirs research team as a PhD student of the joint programme PostColonialisms and Global Citizenship, School of Economics and the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She holds an MA in Sociology (Postcolonial Studies) and a BA in German and English Studies, from the University of Coimbra.
Mónica V. Silva holds a BA and MA on Education from the School of Psychology, University of Coimbra. She is a PhD student in "Cultural Studies of the programme Heritages of Portuguese Influence", Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and holds a PhD grant from MEMOIRS. She is also the documentation project manager of MEMOIRS. Her current research interests lie at the intersection between identities and postcolonial studies, memory and post-memory, Portuguese Colonial War, liberation movements in the Portuguese colonies and heritages of Portuguese influence.
Nuno Simão Gonçalves holds a master in Architecture from the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra. He is currently attending the doctoral program Heritages of Portuguese Influence, University of Coimbra. In this context he was newly awarded a scholarship by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Since 2013 he collaborated with several research projects at the Center for Social Studies, namely “De S. Paulo de Luanda a Luuanda, de Lourenço Marques a Maputo” (financed by FCT) and “UNESCO’s Global Report” (financed by UNESCO). His current research interests include architecture and urbanism in Portuguese-speaking African countries, especially issues regarding forms of urban segregation.
Gonçalves, Nuno Simão (2016), "O urbanismo da Mafalala: origem, evolução e caracterização", in Margarida Calafate Ribeiro e Walter Rossa (org.), Mafalala: memórias e espaços de um lugar. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 107-163.
Gonçalves, Nuno Simão (2016), "Políticas de gestão (sub)urbana de Lourenço Marques (1875-1975)", Cabo dos Trabalhos, 12.
António Sousa Ribeiro is full professor for German Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. His research interests focus on German and Austrian studies, studies of violence, culture and identities, postcolonial studies and comparative cultural studies. He coordinated the project “Representations of Violence and the Violence of Representation” (2005-2008) which resulted in the collective work Representações da Violência (2013). His critical thinking on memory, trauma and representation has instigated rich theoretical debates with Margarida Calafate Ribeiro in former projects about the postmemory of the colonial wars in Portugal, as part of the research team (e.g. "Os Netos que Salazar não teve: Guerra Colonial e memória de segunda geração", Revista Abril, 2013, 5, 11).
Bruno Sena Martins is an anthropologist with a PhD in sociology and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. His research interests focus on the topics of body, post-colonialism, Portuguese Colonial Wars, embodied experience and social memory. He has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in Portugal with disabled veterans of the Portuguese colonial wars, and in Mozambique, where he studied the experience of blindness, published as Sentido Sul: a cegueira no espírito do lugar (2013). He is also co-editor of As Guerras de Libertação e os Sonhos Coloniais: Alianças secretas, mapas imaginados (with Maria Paula Meneses) (2013).
2016 – “Justiça histórica e violência: a guerra colonial portuguesa”, in Jorge Miranda, Jose Bolzan Morais, Saulo Tarso Rodrigues, Nuria Belloso Martín (ed.), Hermenêutica, justiça constitucional e direitos fundamentais. Curitiba: Juruá, 759-779.
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo is a historian and senior researcher of the Centre for Social Studies. His work is key in the new critical historiography of Portuguese empire and colonialism. He has published widely, and among his eight authored or edited books, his titles Portugal e o fim do Colonialismo. Dimensões internacionais (2014) and The ends of European colonial empires: cases and comparisons (2015) offer a critical and comparative contextualization of the historical period under analysis in MEMOIRS.
2016 – “Revisitando os lutos inacabados do império”, in António Sousa Ribeiro, Margarida Calafate Ribeiro (eds.), Geometrias da memória: Configurações pós-coloniais. Porto: Afrontamento: 61-94.
2015 – “O Estado-império português e o colonialismo tardio”, in AAVV (eds.), Descolonização, A queda do império. Vila do Conde: Verso da História: 4-15, 20-25, 28-36 (with José Pedro Monteiro).
Miguel Cardina is a historian and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. His research interests focus on key topics of MEMOIRS, such as the history of Portuguese colonialism, anticolonialism and the colonial wars; the dynamics between history and memory; and the uses of Oral History. Among his many publications, we highlight two articles within the topics of MEMOIRS: "Memórias amnésicas? Nação, discurso político e representações do passado colonial" (2016) and “To talk or not to talk. Silence, Torture, and Politics in the Portuguese Dictatorship of Estado Novo" (2013). In 2016 he was awarded a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) as principal researcher for the project "CROME - Crossed Memories, Politics of Silence. The Colonial-Liberation Wars in Postcolonial Times", hosted at CES between 2017 and 2022.
2016 – “Subjetividade e Fontes Orais na Escrita da História”, in José Neves (org.), Quem Faz a História. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 33-40.
2016 – "Memórias amnésicas? Nação, discurso político e representações do passado colonial", Configurações, 17: 31-42
This article explores a set of recent speeches delivered at commemorative events by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Images of the colonial past are analyzed, showing how they are connected with a certain “amnesic memory” that values the nation from the perspective of the uniqueness of the “Discoveries”, the specificity of the Portuguese presence in the world and the legacies left in the former colonies. Thus, it seeks to contribute to an understanding of the role of political discourse and political authority in the dissemination of selective representations of the past, as well as to offer a reflection on the dynamics among memory, power and silencing.
2013 – “To Talk or Not to Talk: Silence, Torture, and Politics in the Portuguese Dictatorship of Estado Novo”, Oral History Review, 40 (2): 251-270.
This article is based on the author’s wider research into Maoism in Portugal from 1964 to 1974 during the final years of the Estado Novo (New State) dictatorship. It analyzes the so-called “issue of conduct,” that is, the “correct” behavior of militants under arrest and torture. The aim is to reveal how this subject—heavily defined by the dualism of “talking” / “not talking”—has endured in time and to emphasize how, through this dualism, connections can be established between torture, silence, and memory.
Paulo de Medeiros holds the Chair of Modern and Contemporary World Literatures and is Director of Research in the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. From 1998 to 2013 he held the Chair of Portuguese Studies at Utrecht University. There, he co-organised and led a postgraduate seminar on cultural memory for the Dutch National Graduate School (OSL) in 2000 and 2002 and subsequently co-edited two special issues on Memory of the Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap in 2001 (15.3) and 2005 (18.1-2). His article on "Hauntings: Memory, Fiction, and the Portuguese Colonial Wars” In Politics of War Memory and Commemoration. Eds. T.G. Ashplant, Graham Dawson, Michael Roper. London: Routledge, 2000. 201-221 was reprinted as “Hauntings: Memory, Narrative, and the Portuguese Colonial Wars” in Cadernos de Literatura Comparada (Porto) 1 (2000): 47-76.
In 2011-2012 he was Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. In 2013 and 2014 he served as President of the American Portuguese Studies Association. As visiting Professor he has taught at several universities in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, and the UK and is Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, of the University of London. His research centers on Luso-Brazilian narrative, literary and cultural theory with a focus on the interrelations between politics and literature, as well as on postcolonial issues. He has edited Postcolonial Theory and Lusophone Literatures (Utrecht, 2007) and co-edited a number of journal issues in Portugal as well as in the UK and the USA, including a thematic issue of the Journal of Romance Studies on Psychoanalysis and Portuguese Studies (2011).
Roberto Vecchi is a Full Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures at the University of Bologna, where he coordinates the Eduardo Lourenço Chair with the support of Instituto Camões. He is an associate researcher of the Centre for Social Studies and specialises in trauma literature, literature of the Portuguese Colonial War, and representations of postcolonial Lusophone cultures. His critical analysis of poetry and literature of the colonial wars (cf. his book Exceção Atlântica: Pensar a Literatura da Guerra Colonial, 2010) has dialogued with Margarida Calafate Ribeiro’s former work on the memories of the final phase of Portuguese empire. Together, they collected and organized essays on Portuguese and European colonialism by Eduardo Lourenço, publishing the book Do Colonialismo como Nosso Impensado (2014).
2016 – “A forma literária e o diagrama da Gewalt: exceção e excesso da guerra nos limiares modernos da cultura brasileira”, in Felipe Martínes-Pinzón – Javier Uriarte (org.) Entre el humo y la niebla. Guerra y cultura en América Latina. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2016: 159-171.
2015 – “Pós-memória e Filomela. O bordado da violência e a legibilidade do trauma”, in Bruno Franco Medeiros; Francisco Gouvea de Souza; Marcelo de Mello Rangel; Mateus H.F. Pereira (org.) Teoria e historiografia. Debates contemporâneos. Jundiaí: Paco Editora, 2015: 35-51.
2015 – "Identidade, Herança, Pertença”, in Margarida Calafate Ribeiro, Walter Rossa (org.), Patrimónios de Influência Portuguesa: modos de olhar. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra: 65-80.
2015 – “Papéis críticos avulsos”, in Margarida Calafate Ribeiro, Mónica V. Silva, Roberto Vecchi (org.), Papéis da Prisão: Apontamentos, diário, correspondência (1962-1971), de José Luandino Vieira. Lisboa: Caminho: 13-31 (with Margarida Calafate Ribeiro).
2012 – “A memória poética da Guerra Colonial de Portugal em África: os vestígios como material de uma construção possível”, in Sabrina Sedlmayer e Jaime Ginzburg (org.), Walter Benjamim: rastro, aura e história. Belo Horizonte: Editora da UFMG: 87-105 (com Margarida Calafate Ribeiro).
2010 – “A memória poética como patrimônio de sofrimento”, in Juciane Cavalheiro (org.), Literatura Interfaces Fronteiras. Manaus: UEA Edições: 319-338.
2016 – “Catástrofe identitária e autoritarismo militar: revocalizações literárias”, Iberoamericana, XVI, 62 (2016): 43-51.
2015 – “L'être singulier pluriel du post-colonialisme portugais”, Les Langues Néo-Latines, 108e année-2-n.º 369, Avril-Juin 2014 : 17-29.
Sílvia Roque is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. She specialises in African Studies and Peace Studies and has developed her research interests around topics such as postwar everyday violence, gender and violence and violence and urban youth. Her book Pós-guerra? Percursos de violência nas margens das Relações Internacionais (2016) offers a detailed discussion on this subject. Her current postdoctoral project (supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) is a study entitled “Jovens entre crises: representações, políticas e percursos numa perspectiva pós-colonial”. This project aims to assess the experiences of African descent youth in Portugal and France in the current European considering the imperial history of each country and the ontemporary security context.