Seminar | Series 'The Weft of Memory: dates to count'

The "Moral Imperative" and the expulsion of missionaries from Mozambique

Maria Paula Meneses (CES)

March 6, 2023, 16h00 (GMT)

Online event


This seminar is part of the series The Weft of Memory: dates to count, organised by the coordination of the thematic line Europe and the Global South: heritages and dialogues. The series aims to mark and reflect on less resounding dates, but equally determinant for the construction of the 25th of April 1974 and the independence of Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor. The seminars take place online, whenever possible on the date to be marked, every month, at 16h00, throughout 2023.

In this presentation by Maria Paula Meneses, the focus is on the role played by representatives of various religious denominations in the defence of Mozambique's independence project and the life of Mozambican men and women, taking as inspiration the document "Imperativo e Consciência" [Imperative and Conscience], authored by the then Bishop of Nampula, Manuel Vieira Pinto.

Bio note

Maria Paula Meneses is a Principal researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, being part of the research line on 'Europe and the Global South: heritages and dialogues'. A Mozambican scholar, she did her graduate studies in Russia (MA in History from St. Petersburg University) and obtained her PhD in the USA, by Rutgers University. In 2022 she was a visiting scholar at Université de Paris 8, France. At CES, she is part of the research group on the Epistemologies of the South. Her research focus on the political history and socio-legal complexity of southern Africa, especially in Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. At the heart of her interests are the relations between knowledge, power and societies. Paying special attention to people who experienced the violence of the colonial encounter her academics and activist activities seek ways to decolonize knowledge and contribute towards the Epistemologies of the South. At the CES Maria Paula Meneses develops several research projects and teaches in two PhD programs, namely Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship and Human Rights in the 21st th century. Internationally she co-coordinates, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Karina Bidaseca, CES-CLACSO e-learning specialization course on Epistemologies of the South. Her work has been published in journals, books and reports in several countries, including Mozambique, Spain, Portugal, Senegal, USA, England, Germany, Colombia, amid others.

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