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 - 2017

The UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC) presents an MP3 recording

Thinking from Portuguese and British Colonial India: Nineteenth-Century Intellectual, Material and Visual History

Filipa Lowndes Vicente interviewed by Timothy Walker
(UMass Dartmouth Department of History and CPSC)

at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on June 27, 2017

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Filipa Lowndes Vicente
Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Lisbon, 1972) is a
historian and researcher at the Institute of
Social Sciences (ICS), University of Lisbon

Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Lisbon, 1972) is a historian and researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), University of Lisbon. In 2000, she completed her PhD at the University of London (Goldsmiths College). Her PhD thesis was the basis for the book Travels and Exhibitions: D. Pedro V in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Lisbon: Gótica, 2003), which won the 2004 Victor de Sá Prize in Contemporary History. In 2015, she was a visiting professor at King’s College London and in 2016 at Brown University.

Vicente’s postdoctoral research resulted in a book published in India and Italy, Other Orientalisms. India between Florence and Bombay, 1860-1900 (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2012). Another book on colonial India has been published recently in Lisbon: Entre dois Impérios. Viajantes Britânicos em Goa (1800-1940) (Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 2015).

Vicente’s work on women artists and feminist art history was gathered in her book A Arte sem História. Mulheres e cultura artística (séculos XVI-XX) (Lisbon: Athena, 2012). She has also edited the catalogue of the exhibition she curated in 2016 on the most important nineteenth-century Portuguese woman painter, Aurélia de Sousa, Mulher Artista, 1866-1922 (Lisboa: Tinta da China, 2016).

Vicente coordinated a two-year funded research project, Knowledge and Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Archive and Museum (1850-1950), which resulted in an edited volume with contibutions from thirty authors, The Empire of Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Context (1860-1960), published in Lisbon in 2014.

Vicente’s work overall has concentrated on the intellectual, visual, exhibition and cultural history of various spaces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Europe to India. Her approach is mainly historical, but her research has greatly benefited from an engagement with other areas of study, from visual culture to anthropology. Her next book project, the biography of a nineteenth-century Bombay historian and physician, is an intellectual history of knowledge production in India and on India, as well as a reflection on the history of India between the British and Portuguese colonial projects and its own independence.

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