Restitution and Memorialization in the Shadow of Decolonization

January 29, 2021, 15h00-17h00 (GMT)


Bio notes

Ana Lucia Araujo is a full Professor of History at the historically black Howard University in Washington DC, United States. Her recent single-authored books include Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (2020), Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017), and Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015). She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. She also serves on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review, and the editorial board of Slavery and Abolition. She is a member of the executive board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora (ASWAD), the Editorial Review Board of the African Studies Review, and the Board of the blog Black Perspectives.

Beatriz Gomes Dias is a deputy to the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal (2019 – ), a Municipal deputy in Lisbon and member of the Parish Council of Arroios. She has a Ba(Hons) in Biology by the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and previously worked as a science teacher at primary and high school levels. She is a member of the association SOS Racismo and founder of DJASS – Associação de Afrodescendentes.

Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Curator of World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He was Visiting Professor at the musée du quai Branly in 2017-18, and was awarded the Rivers Medal of the Royal Anthropological Society in 2017. Dan’s new book, The Brutish Museums: the Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution was listed as one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020, with the recommendation: “If you care about museums and the world, read this book”.  Twitter: @ProfDanHicks  

Gaia Giuliani is permanent researcher and member of DECIDe at CES and Associate professor in Political philosophy (ASN 2017, Italy). She obtained her PhD in History of political Thought at the University of Torino (2005) and received then 3 postdoctoral fellowships, respectively from the University of Bologna (2007-2009), the University of Technology Sydney (2009-2010) funded by the Australian Government under the scheme Endeavour Research Fellowship, and the Center for Social Studies (CES) (2015-2019), funded by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology [FCT]. In 2018, she became Principal investigator of the FCT-funded three-year project "(De)OTHERING - Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and 'internal Others' in Portuguese and European mediascapes"(2018-2121). Since 2020 she is member of the Management Committee of the COST Action CA19129 - Decolonising Development: Research, Teaching and Practice (2020-2024).

George Mahashe operates within the wider field of photography, particularly at the intersection of anthropology, archives and artistic practice. He is currently working on ‘––defunct context’, a series of interventions emanating from his contemplations on the Anthropology Museum at the University of Witwatersrand. Mahashe holds a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town where he lectures as part of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. At Michaelis he will expand the ‘––defunct context’ within the context of Centre for Curating the Archive, particularly the Honours in Curatorship Program. His current musuem projects include, ––defunct context: Ejaradini (2019), by MADEYOULOOK at Anthropology Museum, Johannesburg. Mahashe recently contributed as faculty member for the Lagos Biennale’s Curatorial intensive hosted by the 2nd Lagos Biennale.

João Figueiredo has a Ba(Hons) in Anthropology and a PhD in History from the University of Coimbra. He is a post-doctoral researcher in the project ‘LEGALPL: Legal pluralism in the Portuguese Empire (18th–20th century)’ at the Law School of the Nova University of Lisbon.

Maria Elena Indelicato is a 2019 CEEC FCT researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra. Besides her project ‘A colonial history of anti-racism education,’ she works for the FCT funded projects UNPOP and (De)Othering as a researcher and consultant respectively. She is also a member of the Inter-Thematic Group on Migrations (ITM), and a participant of the COST Working Group Decolonize Development Knowledge. Indelicato obtained her Ph.D. in 2014 at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.