Book launch: Two lives in search of the sea and other tales
Mozambique and the Indian ocean: Personal things and trajectories. Conversation with Pamila Gupta and Óscar Monteiro
Date and Time: Thursday, June 20 2019 at 18h00
Address: Galeria Kulungwana, Associação Kulungwana, Estacao CFM
About the event
The Kulungwana Association, in partnership with the Kaleidoscope (Research in Public Policy and Culture), and the WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) will have a public conversation about Portuguese decolonisation in Mozambique, under the pretext of launching the book by the anthropologist Pamila Gupta, titled "Portuguese Decolonisation in the Indian Ocean World". The author looks at decolonisation as part of the process of construction of Mozambique and the way in which the positioning of Mozambicans in the world has been built. The curricular reform in institutions of higher education and repatriation of the cultural heritage taken from the former colonies are at the center of the current public debate on decolonisation in Africa. In this conversation, we intend to explore these and other dimensions of the process of decolonisation, paying attention to the expression of knowledge and popular culture.
The event will last for two house and will be attended by a panel of 2 speakers composed by the author of the book and Óscar Monteiro, veteran of the liberation struggle of Mozambique. Each speaker should intervene between 15min to 20m after which there will be an hour for interaction between all participants.
About Pamila Gupta
Pamila Gupta is a professor at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Her research explores the lusophone (post) colonial ties and legacies in India and Africa. She has articles published in several scientific journals and is co-editor, along with Isabel Hofmeyr and Michael Pearson, of the book "Eyes across the water: Navigating the Indian Ocean". Her latest collection of essays is titled "Portuguese Descolonisation in the Indian Ocean World" (Bloomsbury Press, 2018) and will be on sale in the Gallery.