«Eduardo Lourenço | Uma geopolítica do pensamento» by Margarida Calafate Ribeiro and Roberto Vecchi

Afrontamento | 2023


Eduardo Lourenço's writing, his art of thought, demands a non-primary or stereotypical reading capacity, it claims an adequate epistemology. It does not matter where it comes from, but it has to be rigorous. The paradox (or the difficulty) is that heterodoxy as text, even if undisciplined, imposes a sophisticated reading discipline.

With this small contribution to the construction of an Eduardo Lourenço’s “geopolitics of thought”, we demonstrate that this is the heritage of the essayist: read the work with care, with intelligence, with the understanding of the subtle game of dislocation of the senses, read it and, based on it, think.

About the Authors

Margarida Calafate Ribeiro is researcher-coordinator at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra and, with Roberto Vecchi, responsible for the Eduardo Lourenço Chair, Camões/University of Bologna. She received a grant from the European Research Council (ERC), with the research project MEMOIRS - Children of Empires and European Post-Memories (2016-2021). She is author, co-author and editor of books and articles, of which we highlight the organisation, with Roberto Vecchi, of Eduardo Lourenço's book, Do Colonialismo como nosso Impensado (Gradiva, 2014) and with Fátima da Cruz Rodrigues, Des-cobrir a Europa - Filhos de Impérios e Pós-memórias Europeias (Memoirs/Afrontamento).

Roberto Vecchi is full professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Literature and the History of Portuguese Culture at the University of Bologna. Since 2007 he is coordinator, with Margarida Calafate Ribeiro, of the Eduardo Lourenço Camões Chair. He was president, from 2014 to 2021, of the International Association of Lusitanistas. Author of an extensive bibliography on the theory and history of Portuguese-speaking cultures, among others, with Vincenzo Russo, of the volume A literatura Portuguesa. Modos de ler (2022).