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Oficina Global (Global Workshop)
2021- ongoing
Responsible Researchers: Ana Luísa Silva (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa), Prof. Hemma Tengler (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa), Prof. Susana Réfega (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa), Prof. Luís Pais Bernardo (FEUC e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa) e Prof. Luís Mah (ISCTE-IUL e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project Description:
Oficina Global is an initiative of a group of researchers from CEsA (Centre for African and Development Studies at ISEG) and lecturers in the Master’s in International Development and Cooperation at ISEG (Lisbon School of Economics and Management). We believe that the university, as an agent of education and knowledge production, has an added responsibility in the process of change. Our vision is that of a citizen university, whose educational and academic action contributes to building a better world.  Therefore, our mission is to establish a constructive and permanent dialogue between the various actors who work for global change, through the production and dissemination of knowledge and critical thinking about processes of social transformation.





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AFRO-PORT – Afrodescendence in Portugal: sociabilities, representations and socio-political and cultural dynamics. A study in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area
Responsible Researcher
: Prof. Iolanda Évora (CESA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project description:
At a time when we celebrate the Decade of African Descendants (2015-2024), proclaimed by the UN, it is of high social and academic/scientific relevance to address the issue in Portugal. The UN considers that “people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security (…) Their situation remains largely invisible and there is insufficient recognition of the effort in search of redress for their current condition. Besides, they are discriminated against in the access to justice and present alarming rates of police violence associated to racial profiling”. In this project we propose to characterise the Portuguese population of African origin whose self-identification as Afrodescendant guides their participation in the Portuguese social scene.

Project reference: PTDC/SOC-ANT/30651/2017







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AFRICA HABITAT – From the sustainability of habitat to the quality of inhabit in the urban margins of Luanda and Maputo
Responsible Researchers: Profs. Isabel Ortins de Simões Raposo (FA/ULisboa) and Sónia Frias (CESA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa and ISCSP/ULisboa)

Project description:
The project deals with forms of socio-urbanistic and housing intervention in the urban margins of African cities of Lusotopie, in the new millennium, focusing on those that contribute to improving the quality of inhabit and the sustainability of habitat of low-income groups. In the current context of accelerated urbanisation, globalisation and increasing socio-spatial inequalities, inscribed in the neoliberal paradigm, it is urgent to reflect on the impact of such interventions, as well as on how to construct a more inclusive habitat and on how and what to do to reinforce them. Luanda and Maputo, with similar structural constraints, are taken as case studies.











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Aid2Growth – From Poverty to Economic Growth: Aid, Business Interests and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Responsible Researcher: Prof. Luís Mah (CESA/ISEG, Ulisboa)

Project description:
The Aid2Growth project investigates the transformation of European and East Asian development finance institutions (DFI) in a changing global arena where East Asia is on the rise and the importance of private flows is increasing. While research on DFIs is a burgeoning field, Aid2Growth innovates by adopting an explicitly comparative perspective that couples European and East Asian agencies at a time when these actors are more important than ever. As traditional ODA instruments (grants and concessional loans) become less central to many (but not all) developing countries, blended finance and private sector engagement programmes, policies and projects replace them as central to development strategies. DFIs are the preferred agencies through which this agenda is enacted and pursued.
Aid2Growth provides knowledge on the organizational structures, processes and priorities of each agency selected for in-depth study. Furthemore, it provides a visually appealing dashboard with up-to-date statistics on DFI activity. The project aims to enhance DFI transparency through research and the portal you’re now exploring is a major part of our activities. Project deliverables include case studies on relevant European and East Asian DFIs and a Data Hub on DFI activity.

Project reference: PTDC/CPO-ADM/28597/2017






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NILUS – Narrativas do Oceano Índico no Espaço Lusófono (Narratives of the Indian Ocean in the Lusophone Space)
Responsible Researchers: Prof. Ana Mafalda Leite (FLUL e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project Description:
Following the theoretical productions that guide the critical and cultural reflection on contemporary liquid spaces – from the Black Atlantic (Gilroy, 1993) to the South Atlantic (Santos, 2001; Vale de Almeida, 2000; Stam and Shoat, 2012) – the Indian Ocean Narratives in the Lusophone Space project is based on a theoretical and disciplinary articulation between Indian Ocean Studies and Lusophone Literary, Visual and Cultural Studies. In this way, we intend to fill a significant disciplinary gap motivated by the almost total absence of a critical dialogue between these two fields of study, especially in Portuguese-speaking contexts. Observing the scientific production in the area of Indian Ocean Studies, the historical studies, in their political and anthropological articulations, stand out as the most developed, mainly regarding the period before the arrival of the Europeans in the Indian Ocean and the pre-modern period, while the modern and contemporary periods remain less studied (Pearson, 2011). In the light of these considerations, it is believed that the disciplinary dialogue proposed by this Project points to analytical, conceptual and epistemological potentialities of great relevance and timeliness, providing a significant broadening of the areas of study in object.

Project reference: PTDC/CPC-ELT/4868/2014






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NEVIS – Narrativas Escritas e Visuais da Nação Pós-Colonial (Written and Visual Narratives of the Post-Colonial Nation)
Responsible Researcher: Prof. Ana Mafalda Leite (FLUL e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project Description:
The proposal of the Project Written and Visual Narratives of the Post-Colonial Nation aims to problematize how the literary and film narrative of Cape Verde, S.Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau, constitutes a laboratory conducive to the construction of imagined communities and the projection of new identities. Our purpose is to investigate the role of narrative – in various aspects, such as the novel, the short story, the film, the documentary – as well as the parallel paratextual production, through the testimonies of authors and directors (and of authors who are directors at the same time) – in the construction and deconstruction of concepts such as nation, ethnicity, diaspora, migration, transnationality, configuring and disfiguring identities, grounding the research on an adequate theoretical support in the area of post-colonial studies.

Project reference: PTDC/CPC-ELT/4939/2012










NNPC – Nação e Narrativa Pós-Colonial (Nation and Post-Colonial Narrative)
Responsible Researcher: Prof. Ana Mafalda Leite (FLUL e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project Description:
O projeto NNPC propõe-se indagar o papel da narrativa – em várias vertentes de escrita – bem como a produção paratextual paralela – na construção e desconstrução de conceitos como nação, diáspora, migração, pós-nacionalidade, configurando e desfigurando identidades. Visa descrever essencialmente três tópicos relevantes para estas representações: Imagens/Temas da História e a da Memória colonial e pré-colonial na reconstrução e releitura pós-colonial, enquanto des(ocultação) e reconfiguração de passados históricos e míticos; Imagens/Temas da Localização e Deslocalização: Viagem e Diáspora enquanto descrição de diferentes etnopaisagens, criadoras de movimentos no sentido centro/periferia, urbano/rural, local/global, que permitem surgimento de configurações identitárias pluralizadas, e Estratégias Discursivas: Géneros/Cânones reconfigurados na escrita, enquanto herança e transformação de modelos genológicos e linguísticos diversos, adequados a procedimentos de figuração nacional e identitária.

Project reference: PTDC/AFR/68941/2006








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Memórias d’África e d’Oriente (Memories of Africa and the East)
1997- ongoing
Responsible Researchers: Prof. Carlos Sangreman (UAveiro e CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa), Prof. Joaquim Arnaldo Martins (UAveiro) e Dr. Hélder Oliveira (Fundação Portugal-África)

Project Description:
The Portal of Memories of Africa and the East is a project of the Portugal-Africa Foundation developed and maintained by the University of Aveiro and the Centre for African and Development Studies since 1997. It is a fundamental and pioneering instrument in the attempt to enhance the historical memory of the ties that unite Portugal and the Lusophone world, thus being a bridge with our common past in the construction of a collective identity for the peoples of all those countries.








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Rota do Escravo (Slave Route)
Responsible Researcher: Prof. Isabel Castro Henriques (CEsA/CSG/ISEG/ULisboa)

Project Description:
In 1993, the General Conference of UNESCO approved in its 27th session, at the proposal of Haiti and African countries, the creation of the Project “The Slave Route” (Resolution 27/C/3.13). The project was officially launched in 1994, in the city of Ouidah, Benin, with the central concern of contributing to a revision of the history of slavery and the slave trade in the world, within the framework of UNESCO’s values. It is based on five pillars: fulfilling the duty of memory, promoting pluralism and intercultural dialogue, favouring the establishment of a culture of peace and social cohesion, stimulating the construction of new identities and citizenship arising from the slave trade and slavery and establishing the historical truths about the phenomena of this nature.
The Portuguese Committee of the UNESCO Project The Slave Route was born in the framework of this initiative, through the proposal of Isabel Castro Henriques, member of the International Scientific Committee of this project since 1995. Supported by the UNESCO National Commission in Portugal, and homologated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, the Portuguese Committee integrates researchers from different backgrounds and competences, promoting multiple activities on these issues, in the spheres of education, culture, science and communication, in order to stimulate reflection and debate in the Portuguese society. The implementation of its work is based on the establishment of partnerships with various public (municipalities, universities, libraries) and private entities, both national and international, especially with the CPLP countries. The Portuguese Committee develops a regular action through conferences, workshops, publications, exhibitions, production of didactic materials and other relevant initiatives within the scope of its objectives.




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