The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2011

Lecture: The Portuguese “Civilizing Mission” in Africa: Race and Labor in the Third Portuguese Empire, 1870-1930

by Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo

April 19, 12:30 p.m - LARTS Room 105 (parking lot 1)

Event free and open to the public

Umass The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a lecture, “The Portuguese ‘Civilizing Mission’ in Africa: Race and Labor in the Third Portuguese Empire, 1870-1930,” by Prof. Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo of University of Lisbon’s Institute of Social Sciences. The lecture—free and open to the public—will take place on Tuesday, April 19, at 12:30 p.m. in LARTS, Room 105, Parking Lot 1. 

This presentation will argue that the fundamental cornerstone of the emergence and consolidation of the Third Portuguese Empire was the racialization of the imperial and the colonial worlds, a process that had the organization of a labor system based on forced labor as its main purpose. By exploring the “civilizing mission” doctrines that were promoted at international and domestic levels from the 1870s on and by analyzing specific historical events such as the issue of “slave cocoa” in São Tomé e Príncipe, this presentation will show that native labor was the true “civilizing” tool used by the Portuguese authorities.

Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo is an historian (PhD, King’s College London, 2008) and researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (University of Lisbon). He is currently a visiting professor at Brown University. In 2010 he published Livros brancos, almas negras: a “missão civilizadora” do colonialismo português, c. 1870-1930, which will soon come out in English.

For further information, please contact Melissa Costa at 508-999-8255 or e-mail melissa.costa@umassd.edu.

 

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