Resistant memories and stories of transformation in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean: memory, identity, religiosity and health

junio 14, 2012 – junio 16, 2012

COORDINADORES: Álvaro Roberto Pires | Jacimara Souza Santana


The theme of resistance in African historiography has become relevant from the nationalist movements. The investigations have produced distinct contributions: deconstructed the idea of acceptance and passivity of the African peoples by colonial conquest propagated by the European literature of 60-70 years, showed that the resistance movements were rational and impactful, as well as natural and widespread on the continent.

Since then, this field of study has been reviewed in terms of its theoretical and methodological assumptions. Allen Isaacman, when reviewing the studies produced between the years 1930-1980 about the processes of resistance in Africa, identified two trends: a) the invisibility of rural workers´ resistance against colonial rule, unlike the approaches to the nationalist struggles b ) from the 80 years it was noted more attention to everyday forms of resistance due to the greater flexibility of structuralist concepts to guide their analysis and the importance it has to have oral sources. These trends enabled the initiation of studies of the ways "disguised" and everyday resistance in agricultural areas.

These changes in the field of research on resistance in Africa have been preceded by studies on African slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean. The growing historiography on slave resistance and its abolition has shown that members of the social strata were first recognized as active participants dominated the historical processes through individual or collective initiatives. Although, from a position of weakness and disadvantage, their actions and decisions play a key role in guiding the course of history.

Religiosity, healing practices and identities has been themes in the field of resistance studies of initiatives in Africa and its diaspora. The understanding of the political significance of the religions of African origin in the Americas has been a recurring concern for many researchers. Similar concern also focuses on research into the history of health in Africa, especially in relation to the figure (s) "healers (s)", since, over a long traditional medicine on the continent and its diaspora was marked by memories and history of regulation, resistance and transformation. One should also consider the intersection of the political territory of the religion of African origin, the eradication of racism and black culture in the consolidation of social events.

This theme receives communications panel discussions with the issues identified here, demonstrating by means of different conceptual approaches and processes that have reoriented methodological discussions in the field of studies on resistance.

Idiomas: Portugués y Español

Formato: Discussant

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