UCC Granary Theatre

“Bairro das Ex-Colónias: Legacies, family transmissions and post-memories of Portuguese Colonialism in Africa”: A Performance Lecture

As part of the symposium “Cultural Production and the Legacies of Colonialism in Contemporary Portugal”, UCC SPLAS (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) cordially invites you to a performance-lecture by Joana Craveiro feturing collected testimonies, provate archival material, images and documents.

In Lisbon, as in other parts of the country, the cartography of the city still retains the legacies of a fallen empire – the “Former-Colonies Ward” or Bairro das Colónias is one of those areas of the city where the one can stroll through “Mozambique Street” or “Angola Street”. In other such neighbourhoods, the colonial names of certain cities in Mozambique, or Angola, are still depicted in the street names, like “Cidade de Salazar Street” (nowadays N’dalatando) or “Lourenço Marques Street” (nowadays Maputo). This anachronistic naming of these streets is the starting point for this performance-lecture, which presents and describes several stories of children of the so-called ‘returnee’ (‘retornados’, the name given to the colonists that returned to Portugal during the decolonization process of 1974-75).

How is this colonial and post-colonial memory transmitted within a family?

What kind of representations of ‘Portuguese Africa’ do this postmemory generations have?

Bearing these questions in mind, director and performer Joana Craveiro sought to explore and discuss this view on present-day Portuguese society. As Annette Kuhn states: “The past is like a crime scene”.

When: Friday 3rd May at 3pm.

Where: UCC Granary Theatre.

This event is free of chargeopen to the public and runs for 90 mins.