Amílcar Cabral and the people: from colonial science to anticolonial ideology
Amílcar Cabral was one of the most important anticolonial leaders of the 20th century, and he is often considered as a source of inspiration for Postcolonial Studies. Throughout the 1960’s, his role in the liberation wars that were to defeat the Portuguese and put an end to the last European empire were widely acknowledged. Not surprisingly, Cabral is nowadays the subject of numerous studies. However, such studies tend to ignore one of the less well-known episodes of Cabral’s trajectory; namely, that in the 1950’s he has worked as an agronomist on behalf of the Portuguese colonial government in Guinea. This talk will address the relations between ideology and science, two realms that historians and social scientists often understand as belonging to rival kingdoms. By analysing the making of the concept of ‘people’ in Cabral, we will focus on a possible link between colonial science and nationalist anticolonial ideology.
José Neves is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History of NOVA-FCSH, Lisbon. He currently holds a British Academy Visiting Fellowship at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Postcolonial Studies. Since the start of his career, he has been interested in exploring the ways Marxism has been used by Nationalism. He has conducted extensive research on the Portuguese communist movement, analysing the political, economic and cultural implications of the intersections between nation and class. More recently, he has been engaged in the study of African anti-colonialist leader Amílcar Cabral (1924-1973). Neves is also the director of "Práticas da História - a Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past".
Respondent: Dr Branwen Gruffydd Jones (Cardiff University)
This event is supported by the British Academy’s Visiting Fellowships Programme under the UK Government's Rutherford Fund
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|25 Oct 2018||4:00pm - 6:00pm|
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