Contos Africanos a partir de Shakespeare

Encenador de vários textos de Shakespeare, Krzysztof Warlikowski cria agora a sua própria visão de um herói shakespeariano, com um espetáculo baseado nas peças Otelo, O Mercador de Veneza e Rei Lear.

O encenador polaco recorre a três personagens – Otelo, Shylock e Lear – que se assemelham, na sua desgraça, a deuses em sofrimento. Para Warlikowski, um homem que procura desesperadamente o amor é como um deus que sangra. Fiel ao seu hábito de cruzar vários textos diferentes, Warlikowski compara ainda estes heróis aos dos romances do sul-africano J. M. Coetzee, Prémio Nobel de Literatura, cujos temas prediletos são a segregação, as desigualdades étnicas e sociais e a violência, mostrando uma visão fascinante do Homem arrancando a si próprio experiências no limite do seu sofrimento. 

Encenação: Krzysztof Warlikowski
com a participação dos atores do Nowy Teatr
Cenografia e figurinos: Małgorzata Szczesniak
Adaptação: Krzysztof Warlikowski , Piotr Gruszczynski
Coreografia: Claude Bardouil
Música: Paweł Mykietyn
Dramaturgia: Piotr Gruszczynski
Luzes: Felice Ross

28 e 29 Out 2011 - 19:00 no Grande Auditório do Centro Cultural de Belém

17.10.2011 | par joanapires | Africa, contos, cultura

China and Portuguese Speaking Africa: Business Approaches and Management Models in China, Mozambique and Cape Verde

Apresentação do livro China and Portuguese Speaking Africa: Business Approaches and Management Models in China, Mozambique and Cape Verde24 de Outubro de 2011, segunda-feira, pelas 18h, na sala C205 (ed. II) do ISCTE-IUL.

O livro será apresentado pelo Professor Doutor Nelson Santos António (ISCTE-IUL).

Na última década muito se escreveu sobre o papel da China em África. As abordagens a este assunto variam de uma posição céptica a uma posição encorajadora. Para os cépticos a China está simplesmente interessada nas riquezas africanas e no mercado africano para escoar os seus produtos e está a ocupar o lugar dos antigos colonizadores. Uma vez satisfeita abandonará África. Para os optimistas, a China tem desenvolvido um papel muito positivo em África, ajudando os países africanos a resolver os seus problemas e a transferir conhecimento.

 

A questão principal que orientou a investigação que deu origem ao livro foi a seguinte: o que podem os países africanos de língua portuguesa aprender com a China no que respeita  à gestão? 

14.10.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, China

Conferência Internacional "A prevenção e a resolução de conflitos em África", 10 e 11 de Outubro‏

Já é conhecido o programa da Conferência Internacional ” A Prevenção e a Resolução de Conflitos em África” a realizar-se nos dias 10 e 11 de Outubro de 2011, em Lisboa.


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09.10.2011 | par joanapires | Africa, conferência, conflitos em África

"Anjos na Guerra", de Susana Torrão (Oficina do Livro)

Anjos na Guerra: A Aventura das enfermeiras paraquedistas portuguesas

A 26 de Setembro nas livrarias

Sobre o Livro
A criação do corpo de enfermeiras paraquedistas da Força Aérea Portuguesa, em 1961, levou pela primeira vez as mulheres para as Forças Armadas.
Estas mulheres que caiam do céu para tratar dos feridos e travar o sofrimento enfrentaram, ao lado dos soldados, a dureza do mato e a violência dos combates. Mas não só. Enfrentaram também o preconceito de uma sociedade conservadora, onde a ideia de enviar mulheres para um cenário de conflito era vista com enorme desconfiança. Em África, as enfermeiras faziam evacuações dos feridos da frente para os hospitais militares e prestavam apoio às populações civis, mas em Lisboa a sua acção era desconhecida para a maioria.
O livro relata a história dessas pioneiras improváveis, que quase passaram despercebidas ao seu país mas que acabaram por lhe dar uma lição de coragem.   

Sobre a Autora
Susana Torrão nasceu em1972 e é jornalista. Licenciada em Ciências da Comunicação pela Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, trabalhou no Diário de Noticias, Semanário, Semanário Económico e Focus. Trabalha como freelancer desde 2006 e, ao longo dos últimos anos, escreveu para publicações como Sábado, Exame, Notícias Magazine, NS’, Público ou Fora de Série. Anjos na Guerra é o seu primeiro livro.

23.09.2011 | par joanapires | Africa, guerra colonial

ARS 11 - Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art

The ARS 11 exhibition investigates Africa in contemporary art. In addition to artists living in Africa, the show also features others who live outside the continent, artists of African descent as well as Western artists who address African issues in their work. The exhibition features some 300 works by a total of 30 artists. The Kiasma Theatre also has a programme of ARS events and performances.
The themes of the exhibition, such as migration, environmental problems and urban life are global, issues that affect us all. At best ARS 11 can produce new understanding and also provide background information on the situation in today’s Africa. The exhibition will extend the idea of what Africa, contemporary art and African contemporary art are today.

ARS 11 in a nutshell

ARS 11 is a major international art event filling Kiasma with artworks, performances, screenings, discussions and workshops. The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski.
The Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA, Lagos) will participate in the ARS 11 project with an exhibition of photographic work by J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere from a career spanning more than 60 years. Guest curators for the Moments of Beauty exhibition are Bisi Silva and Aura Seikkula.
ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien.
The ARS 11 exhibition will extend to eight cities in Finland as well as to Stockholm, Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.
The ARS 11 exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of the most important exhibition institution in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland. The history of the ARS exhibitions will be showcased during ARS 11 by two publications produced by the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery as well as by documentary material. The documentary is available for watching in Kiasma for the duration of the ARS 11 exhibition.

21.09.2011 | par joanapires | Africa, arte contemporânea, artistas africanos

Cantos do Sul n.º 49

NESTA EDIÇÃO “Áfricas, Jornalismos, Cidadanias” discute responsabilidade do jornalismo no mundo actual 

“Mulheres e desenvolvimento: Auto-emprego e auto-confiança” apresentado n’ODD’11 

Livro “Vozes de Nós” lançado no Huambo 

52 Histórias: em Junho discutem-se liberdades 

“ÁFRICAS, JORNALISMOS, CIDADANIAS” DISCUTE RESPONSABILIDADE DO JORNALISMO NO MUNDO ACTUAL
   A representação de África – ou das Áfricas – nos media europeus, os códigos de conduta que regulam o jornalismo actual e os novos desafios que se colocam aos jornalistas europeus e africanos foram algumas das questões-chave em discussão no debate informal “Conversa com Contextos: Áfricas, Jornalismos, Cidadanias”, organizado pela ACEP no âmbito da quarta edição de Os Dias do Desenvolvimento’11. À mesma mesa, para um debate que durou cerca de três horas, reuniram-se os jornalistas Adelino Gomes (Portugal), Agnelo Regalla (Guiné-Bissau) e Conceição Lima (S. Tomé e Príncipe) e ainda responsáveis de Organizações da Sociedade Civil Fátima Proença, directora da ACEP, e Negesse Pina, o primeiro africano a liderar uma associação académica portuguesa, em Aveiro. “O perigo da história única”, de Chimamanda Adichie, foi o ponto de partida para a discussão. As principais conclusões do debate serão incluídas na publicação final do projecto “Portugal e África: Melhor Cooperação, Melhor Desenvolvimento”, co-financiado pelo Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento, cujo um dos temas-chave é o papel dos media e das organizações da sociedade civil na Cooperação e no Desenvolvimento. Veja fotos da iniciativa no Facebook da ACEP.

07.06.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, cidadania, jornalismo

BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures

From May 24th to 26th 2011 Bayreuth will host the first “BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures” under the theme “African Conceptualisations of Europe”. The festival, which is open to the interested public, is intended to explore the world of words in an age witnessing a transition from hard books to soft books available on the internet. The authors and artists invited will engage in readings and performances between prose and poetry, drama and short story, music and politics. In doing so, the festival will connect artists from Harare and Berlin, London and Ibadan, Djibouti and Paris, Yaoundé and Bayreuth. This year’s festival will focus on conceptualisations of Europe both within African and African diasporic literatures. 

more info here

15.05.2011 | par nadinesiegert | Africa, diáspora, Europa, literatura

Lisbon shows off its African roots

by Anja Mutic

It’s a quiet night at En’Clave. As I savour a hearty meal of kalulu — a fish and spinach stew from the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe — and slowly sip on a shot of grog — potent rum from Cape Verde — a hefty man sings a soulful morna ballad with a backdrop of two guitars. It could be a tropical night on an African square, but instead I am at an African basement restaurant in Portugal’s capital city.

It was perhaps my own immigrant experience that made me decide to look for Africa in Lisbon. The story reaches as far back as the 15th century, when Prince Henry the Navigator sailed out into the Atlantic to explore the outlying islands and the coast of Africa. What followed was an epoch of trading in spices, gold and slaves.

By the early 19th century, Portugal ruled several African outposts and only released its harsh grip with the collapse of the Salazar dictatorship in 1974. Soon after, immigrants from the newly independent nations of Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Africa — Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau — flooded Lisbon, looking for a better life. Entire African suburbs were born, like Buraka in Amadora and Vale da Amoreira in Moita, and Lisbon’s cultural and ethnic tapestry changed.

A few decades later, I am strolling through Largo de Sao Domingos, a small square at the heart of Lisbon where the city’s mainly male African population stands around chatting. I walk up Calcada do Garcia then Rua do Arco da Graca, and among the African stores and barbershops, I stumble upon a restaurant advertising African food. I sit down with my Slovak friend — the only other white European in the house — to a delicious plate of fish with fried bananas and rice. If I had to guess where I was, I’d say — Maputo? Luanda? Praia?

Near the river in Alcantara, the city’s stylish African restaurant-bar Casa da Morna draws a more mixed crowd. Owned by famous singer-songwriter Tito Paris from Cape Verde, this dimly lit space serves up live music and Europeanized versions of African dishes. Paris was away the night I visited, so my prawn moqueca, an Afro-Brazilian seafood stew, was paired with sad-tinged morna songs performed by a duet of voice and guitar.

Rumour has it Paris, who performs here regularly, is a treat to catch, as are other Afro-Portuguese performers who play anything from upbeat funana dance songs to drum-heavy batuku popularized by the young Cape Verdean Lisbon-born singer Lura.

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10.05.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, Lisbon

Afropolis - City, Media, Art

Vernissage on Tursday, April 28th at 7pm, speeches by Kerstin Pinther, Larissa Förster, Christian Hanussek

Guided tour with Christian Hanussek on Friday, April 29th at 11am and Sunday, June 19th at 3pm

Today, over half the world’s population lives in cities. In particular, the regions of the Global South face rapid globalisation, with African cities recording the highest urbanisation rates. The African contexts have created specific urban structures, topographies and cultures, notably different from European-American models of urban development. How do these structures function? How do urban dwellers organise their daily life? What issues are addressed in the African discourse on the history and future of cities? What positions do European and African artists take on urbanity in Africa? The Afropolis exhibition is showcasing five African cities - Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg.

The curatorial approach highlights the interconnectedness of scientific and artistic concepts, not only exploring urban histories and recent developments, but also presenting 30 artistic viewpoints on issues of urbanity about and from these five cities. The result is a remarkable synergy of scientific and artistic research, documentary material and artistic reflection. The works shown in Afropolis include graphic arts, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film and video art, as well as design, comics and weblogs.

The exhibition is bilingual (german/english).

Curation: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pinther, Dr. Larissa Förster, Christian Hanussek

Involved artists and projects: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Lara Baladi, Pume Bylex, Deadheat, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning UGent, Hala Elkoussy, Rana El Nemr, Hawa Essuman, Mohammed Fahmys, Ismail Farouk, Constanze Fischbeck, Mandy Gehrt, Sam Hopkins, Laura Horelli, Osahenye Kainebi, Daniel Kötter, Kareem Lotfy, Kgafela oa Magogodi, Künstlergruppe Masai Mbili, Méga Mingiedi, Jyoti Mistry, Sabelo Mlangeni, Künstlergruppe Mowoso, Sam Nhlengethwa, Cédrick Nzolo, Emeka Ogboh, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Naomi Roux und Hannah Le Roux, Künstlergruppe SADI, Magdy el Shafee, SLUM-TV, Emeka Udemba, Minnette Vári.

The exhibition is the result of a cooperation with the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne and the Goethe-Instituts in Johannesburg and Nairobi.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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Catalogue: 330 pages and more than 300 illustrations. 35,- Euro

27.04.2011 | par nadinesiegert | Africa, city, metropole, urban

Quando a ajuda só atrapalha...

Vale a pena tirar 10 minutos do seu dia para assistir essa entrevista da economista zambiana Dambisa Moyo. Ela explica de maneira brilhante – e super elegante – porque a ajuda internacional atrapalha o desenvolvimento do continente africano. Também “descasca” os superstars que “adotam” a África e ficam fazendo caridade, destacando apenas as tragédias do continente. Um dos interlocutores da entrevista é um norueguês que justamente é responsável por destinar 1% do PIB do seu país para ajuda internacional.

Formada pela Harvard e com PhD em Oxford, Dambisa é autora dos bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working e em breve vai lançar How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. Em 2009, foi eleita uma das 100 pessoas mais influentes do mundo pela revista Time.

Dica da Juliana Borges / Tás a Ver 

07.04.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, ajuda externa, dependência

Audio slideshow: Mapping Africa

From one of the earliest depictions of the continent - to the colonial scramble for land - the maps of Africa reveal a great deal about the people who have lived there through the centuries.

To try to shed new light on the African archives held by the Royal Geographical Society, London-based African community groups were asked for their views on the documents.

They spoke to Cliff Pereira and Zagba Oyortey - both African-born - who explain here how the maps tell the story of a changing continent.

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16.03.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, maps

Afropolis / last weekend (Cologne, Germany)

Friday, 11 March 2011 – 4 pm - 9 pm
“City, nights”
Film weekend - part one

Curated by Dr. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Frankfurt

The festival presents more recent films set in African cities at night, where special conditions govern the use of light, colour effects and density of movement. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet is a member of the academic staff at University of Frankfurt/Main.
4 pm - programme I “Macadam”
7 pm - programme II “Mood” 

 


 

Saturday, 12 March 2011 – 1 pm - 9 pm
“City, nights”
Film weekend - part two

Curated by Dr. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, Frankfurt

The festival presents more recent films set in African cities at night, where special conditions govern the use of light, colour effects and density of movement. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet is a member of the academic staff at University of Frankfurt/Main.
1 pm -programme III “Candlelight”
4 pm -programme IV “Sonic Energy”
7 pm -programme V “Future”


 

Sunday, 13 March 2011 – 10 am -6 pm
Exhibition Closing Event
Project works from workshop participants and school classes will be presented on the last few days of the exhibition.

The dates for other public tours are listed both on the museum’s web pages (http://www.museenkoeln.de/rautenstrauch-joest-museum/) and in the quarterly program


 

 

 

10.03.2011 | par nadinesiegert | Africa, afropolis, cinema, museum, urban live

Europa-África. E vice-versa?

Excerto do texto “Europa-África. E vice-versa?” de António Pinto Ribeiro, publicado no Público a 08.12.2007 (durante a Cimeira Europa Africa)

”(…) Se considerarmos o que é hoje a actualidade africana na sua enorme diversidade, verificamos que não só oferece casos de estudo fascinantes, como recorda o africanista Alex Thomson, mas obriga, por imperioso dever de cidadania mundial, a rever a percepção deste continente. Apesar da corrupção em muitos dos países (com a cumplicidade do Ocidente), apesar da sida, apesar de 40 por cento da população viver com 1 dólar por dia, apesar do avanço do islamismo para o Sul, comparem-se os 30 anos de média destas independências com outros países independentes há dois séculos… Em 30 anos alteraram-se regimes e criaram-se democracias. Há hoje líderes africanos de relevância mundial fundamental, como Mandela, Mbeki, Mubarak e Abdoulaye Wade, que criaram como prova de outro desejo de desenvolvimento o New Partnership for African Developmente, cujos objectivos são a eliminação da pobreza, o combate à marginalização de África e acelerar o poder das mulheres. Há cidades que se desenvolvem a um ritmo impressionante; há Pedro Pires em Cabo Verde, há Ellen Johnson Sirleaf primeira mulher Presidente na Libéria. E há uma pulsão criativa e uma energia cultural únicas, que um calendário breve, de Novembro e Dezembro deste ano, confirma: quase 20 festivais de arte.
E podemos acrescentar nomes de artistas incontornáveis. Da África do Sul, um importante grupo de artistas plásticos, como William Kentridge, Robin Rhode e Kendell Geers, a produzirem do melhor que há depois do fim do apartheid, da literatura e do ensaísmo africano ou o teatro do mesmo país de que se pode destacar a Handspring Puppet Company, das melhores companhias de teatro do mundo, o poeta Breyten Breytenbach; do Uganda, o movimento dos DVJ das discotecas, produtores e difusores do que mais inovador há na simbiose da música com o vídeo e a poesia actuais; da Nigéria, a jovem literatura com nomes como Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, que ganhou o Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007); do Sudão, Leila Abouulela, a autora de Minaret; de Angola, a nova música de dança que circula pela Europa, como Mc Kapa, Ikonoklasta e Nástio Mosquito; de Moçambique, fotógrafos como Ricardo Rangel, a quem o MoMa de Nova Iorque já dedicou uma retrospectiva, a cantora Lura de Cabo Verde, os fotógrafos Samuel Fosso (Camarões), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Nontsikelelo Veleko (África do Sul), os artistas plásticos Paulo Capela (Angola), Body Isek Kingelez e Chéri Samba (RDCongo), o novo movimento de videastas do Egipto, o teatro tunisino, os designers do Mali e do Senegal, etc.

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03.03.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, africa-europa, contemporaneidade, Cooperação, Europa

Andrew Mwenda dá-nos uma nova perspectiva de África

Nesta conferência polémica, o jornalista Andrew Mwenda pede-nos para reformular a “questão africana”, para olharmos para além dos media para as histórias de pobreza, guerra civil e de desamparo e para observarmos as oportunidades de criar riqueza e felicidade em todo o continente.

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24.02.2011 | par martalanca | Africa

In search of an African revolution International media is following protests across the 'Arab world' but ignoring those in Africa.

Must a revolt be filmed and photographed to succeed? [EPA]

Demonstrations are continuing across the Middle East, interrupted only by the call for prayer when protesters fall to their knees on cheap carpets and straw mats and the riot police take a tea break. Egypt, in particular, with its scenes of unrelenting protesters staying put in Tahrir Square, playing guitars, singing, treating the injured and generally making Gandhi’s famous salt march of the 1940s look like an act of terror, captured the imagination of an international media and audience more familiar with the stereotype of Muslim youth blowing themselves and others up. 
 
A non-violent revolution was turning the nation full circle, much to the admiration of the rest of the world.

“I think Egypt’s cultural significance and massive population were very important factors in ensuring media coverage,” says Ethan Zuckerman, the co-founder of Global Voices, an international community of online activists.

“International audiences know at least a few facts about Egypt, which makes it easier for them to connect to news there,” he says, drawing a comparison with Bahrain, a country Zuckerman says few Americans would be able to locate on a map.

Zuckerman also believes that media organisations were in part motivated by a “sense of guilt” over their failure to effectively cover the Tunisian revolution and were, therefore, playing “catch up” in Egypt.

“Popular revolutions make for great TV,” he adds. “The imagery from Tahrir square in particular was very powerful and led to a story that was easy for global media to cover closely.”

The African Egypt versus the Arab Egypt
 
Egypt was suddenly a sexy topic. But, despite the fact that the rich banks of the Nile are sourced from central Africa, the world looked upon the uprising in Egypt solely as a Middle Eastern issue and commentators scrambled to predict what it would mean for the rest of the Arab world and, of course, Israel. Few seemed to care that Egypt was also part of Africa, a continent with a billion people, most living under despotic regimes and suffering economic strife and political suppression just like their Egyptian neighbours.

“Egypt is in Africa. We should not fool about with the attempts of the North to segregate the countries of North Africa from the rest of the continent,” says Firoze Manji, the editor of Pambazuka Online, an advocacy website for social justice in Africa. “Their histories have been intertwined for millennia. Some Egyptians may not feel they are Africans, but that is neither here nor there. They are part of the heritage of the continent.”

And, just like much of the rest of the world, Africans watched events unfold in Cairo with great interest. “There is little doubt that people [in Africa] are watching with enthusiasm what is going on in the Middle East, and drawing inspiration from that for their own struggles,” says Manji.

He argues that globalisation and the accompanying economic liberalisation has created circumstances in which the people of the global South share very similar experiences: “Increasing pauperisation, growing unemployment, declining power to hold their governments to account, declining income from agricultural production, increasing accumulation by dispossession - something that is growing on a vast scale - and increasing willingness of governments to comply with the political and economic wishes of the North.

“In that sense, people in Africa recognise the experiences of citizens in the Middle East. There is enormous potential for solidarity to grow out from that. In any case, where does Africa end and the Middle East begin?”

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22.02.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, arab world, Revolution

SEMINÁRIOS CEsA 2011 (Centro de Estudos sobre África)

SEMINÁRIOS CEsA 2011 em colaboração com

MESTRADO EM DESENVOLVIMENTO E COOPERAÇÃO INTERNACIONALE DOUTORAMENTO EM ESTUDOS DE DESENVOLVIMENTO no ISEG, de  24 de Fevereiro a 26 de Maio, entrada livre.

O CEsA – Centro de Estudos sobre África e do Desenvolvimento convida-o a participar nos SEMINÁRIOS CEsA 2011, que terão lugar nas instalações do ISEG – Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão de 24 de Fevereiro a 26 de Maio. A edição deste ano mobiliza um total de 18 investigadores convidados, de diversos países (Portugal, Moçambique, Mauritânia, Suíça, França e Reino Unido), abordando um vasto leque de temas sobre o Desenvolvimento e a Cooperação Internacional. Em anexo, pode consultar o programa desta iniciativa.

 CEsA- Centro de Estudos sobre África e do Desenvolvimento Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/UTL

Rua Miguel Lupi, 201249-078 Lisboa

16.02.2011 | par ritadamasio | Africa, cesa, Cooperação, desenvolvimento, iseg, seminarios

Africa Here; Africa There Conference- The Canadian Association of African Studies (deadline: 21 February 2011)

York University, Toronto, Canada

5-7 May, 2011

Plenary speakers:

 

 Achille MBEMBE, Wiser Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Exiting from the Long Night? Cultural Forms and Institutions in Africa- Sortir de la grande nuit? Formes culturelles et institutions  en Afrique ;

 

 Imed MELLITI, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines, University of Tunis el-Manar: Jeunesses maghrébines : religiosité, enjeux identitaires et enjeux de reconnaissance- Maghrebine  Youth: Religiosity, Identity and Recognition ;

 

Donald SIMPSON, Innovation Expedition, Africa - Here and There in the Sixties: A Canadian Perspective. Afrique Ici et ailleurs dans les années 1960: Une perspective canadienne.

 

Official Conference Opening / Ouverture officielle de la conférence

Dr. Mamdouh SHOUKRI, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University/ Recteur et Vice-chancelier de l’Université York.

 

 The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) extends a special invitation to scholars and professionals working on all aspects of African Studies for its next annual conference. The conference, to be held on May 5-7, 2011, at York University - Université York, Toronto, Canada, will be hosted by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University, with the support of various internal and external sponsors. Our aim is to attract an international group of specialists at all stages in their careers to facilitate discussion and  dialogue, in both of Canada’s official languages, across disciplines and between scholars and professionals based in both the North and South.

 

 In recognition of 2011 having been proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year for People of African Descent, the central theme of the 2011 annual conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) is Africa Here; Africa There. Africans have long peopled the African continent, as well as other landscapes through external migrations. During the modern era, the movement of African peoples has taken place under three major contexts: various trades in human beings, economic hardship emanating from natural and non-natural factors, and political, ethnic, religious and other types of persecution.

 Whether internal or external, the displacement of African peoples has always led to greater complexities within the host societies. Africans and people of African descent, free, freed or enslaved, made up a sizeable proportion of the population of Évora and Lisbon during the late 1400s and early 1500s and performed much of the most menial manual work while speaking various West and West-Central African languages and supplying characters and speech patterns to the works of contemporaneous playwrights  like Gil Vicente. The same was true of London, not to mention other places in the United Kingdom, from at least the time of Shakespeare to the early 19th century. By the mid-1800s, their presence and influence was even more pervasive in Brazil, as well as Cuba. Similarly if Africans and the descendants of Africans attempted to recreate their homelands, imagined or not, amongst host societies, as was the case of the marooned  Zanj in Iraq (869-883 A.D.), the great Bantu state of Palmares in XVIIth century Brazil, or  later the Igbo in Maryland and Virginia, Jamaica, and Barbados, the process today is no less omnipresent as exemplified by the existence of Little Angola in Rio de Janeiro, Little Nigeria in Houston, or the current attempt  to establish a Little Ethiopia in Toronto.

In other words, Africa has long existed within the old continent and beyond as well. This reality, far from signifying solely an African presence, points to a series of new ways of moving across and exploiting space stemming from an evolving division of world labor, distribution of resources, and production of modes of living together. Africa Here; Africa There will explore, in English and in French, the multifaceted complexities generated by these phenomena within and outside of Africa over time from the perspective of various disciplines.

 

The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) contributes expertise, research, and informed debate concerning a wide range of African “matter” related to sociocultural issues, the arts, political economy, the environment and transnationalism, among others. Since 1970,CAAS has demonstrated how African issues matter to a wider range of Canadian and international publics in academic, policy-making, programming, and many other circles. The expanding recognition of African contexts and initiatives to a growing range of transnational practices (from humanitarianism to peace building; markets to social movements; climate change to food security; religious dynamism to health and education policies; sports to music, theatre and cinema; truth and reconciliation processes, migration and diasporas to the forging of the world) has meant the continent is taking on a greater prominence in the attention, imagination, and actions of more and more publics. We also encourage the submission, whether in English or in French, of research papers in these and other areas.

 

In the last forty years, like many other Northern nations, Canada has had expanding and diverse relations with Africa.

African immigration to Canada has increased not only through the regular immigration of professionals and others, but also, importantly, through refugees fleeing from conflicts in areas such as Uganda (1972), Somalia (since 1991), and Algeria (since 1992). In turn, a growing number of Canadians have been to Africa through an expansion of humanitarian and international development activities by Canadian governmental and non-governmental organizations, business activities, particularly in natural resources sectors, university exchanges, and tourism. Solidarity work by Canadian individuals and groups also increased during this period, from working with national liberation groups to supporting human rights agendas, from advocating for women rights to addressing health and environmental conditions.

Canadian governments have been preoccupied with African matters through international bodies such the Commonwealth, la Francophonie, the United Nations, and G-8 summits playing a visible part during the anti-apartheid struggle, peacekeeping and peace building activities, and supporting NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development), to name but a few.

The growing number of Canadians of African birth and descent have not only played important roles in such exchanges and ties but also helped to introduce or expand new consumption patterns and artistic practices in Canada(in food, clothes, music, film, literature, and the like) and new forms of religiosity and congregations. At the same time, there have been some tensions emerging in Canada-African relations such as: the tightening of visas on African visitors coming to Canada in the name of security and to limit refugee claims; a reduction in the number of Canadian peacekeepers in Africa; a recent reduction in number of African priority countries for CIDA; protests over labor practices and engagement against corrupt practices; and, limited African beneficiaries of Canadian direct foreign investment in Africa.

 

The above issues help to highlight key concerns and demonstrate why there is growing interest in Africa in Canada. However, there is a vast array  of topics of interest in African Studies beyond these issues, as well, that would be welcomed to be presented at this conference. From examining wide-reaching events such as the slave-trades, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and current conflicts to the minutia of everyday life such as schooling practices, religious invocations, and media consumption, Africa Here; Africa There will provide an opportunity for the sharing of research and debate concerning the study of these issues in both English and French.

 

CAAS, including its Canadian Journal of African Studies, have historically embodied extensive coverage of the continent and, in that spirit of attending to all African

matters, this conference welcomes papers on a wide range of topics concerning Africa and African peoples abroad from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. In keeping with the bilingual nature of CAAS and the encouragement of bilingual study at York University, paper and panel proposals in French are particularly welcomed.

 

Africa Here; Africa There aims to continue the CAAS tradition that exemplifies why Africa matters to various publics in Canada and beyond. This Call for Papers intends to provide a forum for addressing and presenting academic  research and policy proposals that examine the histories, debates, policy issues, and current practices related to African matters.

 

The deadline for submitting paper, as well as panel, proposals has been extended to February 21, 2011. For information on submitting paper and panel abstracts, conference registration payment (on-line or by cheque), requests for funding for graduate students in Canada, and

accommodation possibilities please go to http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~caas/en/2011conference.html

 

 

31.01.2011 | par ritadamasio | Africa, african studies, Canada, Conference

"Chinatown, Africa",

In “Chinatown, Africa”, Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Angola to investigate China’s rapidly growing presence in Africa. While many welcome China’s investment, others see reason for concern. Chinatown, Africa is revealing look at a growing superpower’s adventures abroad.

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15.01.2011 | par martalanca | Africa, China

Arte e África no Câmara Clara

No domingo, 07 de Novembro, o Câmara Clara, programa cultural da RTP2, trata o tema Arte e África.

CONVIDADOS: ISABEL CASTRO HENRIQUES E JOSÉ ANTÓNIO FERNANDES DIAS  

África está na moda também nas artes visuais. De Nova Iorque a Barcelona, de Londres a Paris sucedem-se as exposições com a palavra "África" no título. Em Lisboa, no Museu da Cidade, está patente Africa: See You, See Me!, uma mostra que "utiliza as práticas fotográficas africanas com o objectivo de chamar a atenção para a forma como os africanos se representam a si próprios." Como se representam a si próprios num momento convencionado como "pós-colonial". Mas, não seria melhor que os artistas africanos tivessem, por parte dos museus e das galerias, o mesmo tratamento que os artistas norte-americanos ou belgas? Ou seja, não seria melhor que o território de origem não fosse um tópico diferenciador no tratamento dos artistas africanos? O permanente risco de cair em atitudes neo-colonialistas, faz deste terreno – Arte e África – um terreno muito minado. E as questões que este universo (Arte & África) coloca dão a ver, exemplarmente, as armadilhas em que podem cair as relações dos povos do Norte com os povos do continente africano. A historiadora Isabel Castro Henriques e o antropólogo José António Fernandes Dias, ambos especialistas em questões africanas, vão desmontar, para nós, os principais equívocos destas relações. 
Haverá entre outras, uma peça sobre os sites Artafrica, Africa.cont e Buala.

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06.11.2010 | par martalanca | Africa