The worlds of (under)development: processes and legacies of the Portuguese colonial empire in a comparative perspective (1945-1975)

July 15, 2018 to April 14, 2022
45 months

The worlds of (under)development will critically and empirically map the main dynamics of late colonialism in the Portuguese empire in Africa (1945-1975), also unveiling how they survived the trajectories and the chronological parameters of decolonization, largely conditioning the societies that came out from it. Articulating different analytical scales, from international to local, as well as metropolitan, and addressing the multiple actors, nets and institutions that circulated among those, the epicentre of this research project will be the detailed study of the manifestations and impact of the plurality of discourses, programs, initiatives and doctrines that aimed at the political, economic and sociocultural 'modernization' of empire in its final years. Through the mobilization of several types of sources and exploring different archival geographies, its postcolonial echoes and legacies will be also analysed.


Project funded by FEDER - European Fund for Regional Development through COMPETE 2020 – Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization (POCI) and by national funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, for project WUD, ref.ª PTDC/HAR-HIS/31906/2017 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031906.

Alexandre Keese
Amalia Ribi Forclaz
António Costa Pinto
Cláudia Castelo
Corinna Unger
Damiano Matasci
Diogo Ramada Curto
Filipa Silva
Hugo Dores
Jessica Pearson-Patel
Joana Brites
José Pedro Monteiro
Margarida Calafate Ribeiro
Meredith Elaine Terretta
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (coord)
Moritz Johannes Feichtinger
Nuno Domingos
Pedro Jesus
Phillip Jan Havik
Walter Rossa
late colonialism, development, politics of difference, internationalism
Funding Entity
FEDER - Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional funds through the COMPETE 2020 - Operacional Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation (POCI), and by Portuguese funds through FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia