International Congress

In the sequence of the constitution of modern European empires of transcontinental vocation, modern colonialism and anticolonialism were structuring in the configuration of contemporary cultural and political ideas and in the complexification of the ideas of culture and politics.

In the conceptual debate of the last decades it has been emphasized the reality of Empires, not only colonial, as constitutive of local nets and hierarchies, and as promoter of a multiplication of congregating centers inside and outside Europe. Such perspective has promoted a new attention to empires as physical spaces of mobility and circulation of people, technologies, knowledges and ideas, as well as to the transfiguring and creative dimensions of such mobility and circulation. Without diluting the unequal relations inherent to the colonial reality, such approaches allow less Eurocentric historiographic approaches, more attentive to the diversity of agents and intellectual sources of thought about the construction of modernity. The ‘provincialization’ of colonialist Europe, cannot but have implications in the way imperial metropoles are looked at, by including them more clearly in the ‘colonial world’ and by viewing them as spaces of confluence and transit of people and debates, in a movement constitutive of their reality.

In this theoretical frame, it is underlined the necessity to reevaluate the place of periodical press in the mentioned conceptual configurations and dynamics. It was in the periodical press that intellectuals mainly expressed, debated and saw debated, ideas in defense of colonial regimes, as much as critics to colonialism, which increasingly developed into openly anticolonial discourses. Defending the theoretical-methodological potential of the concept ‘Colonial Periodical Press’, which already structures a transnational network of researchers, the promoters of the Congress in the concept newspapers, magazines, reviews, bulletins, annals, published in the colonies; similar titles published in the European metropolis dedicated to thinking colonial matters, or in which such matters are essential to internal debates or that deserve specific spaces; titles published in non-colonial or postcolonial spaces dedicated to colonial matters.


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