Decolonising the postcolonial? Disputed heritages

ECHOES International conference

29 September – 01 October 2020, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers of the ECHOES International Conference “DECOLONISING THE POSTCOLONIAL? DISPUTED HERITAGES” (Rio de Janeiro 29 Sept.-1 Oct- 2020) are considering if and how the event will need to be rescheduled or reformulated. A decision will be taken and communicated during the month of May 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

Archeological Site of Valongo Wharf, Rio de Janeiro © Oscar Liberal.

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Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Human Sciences Centre – Pasteur Avenue, 458 – Urca

29th September 2020 – 1st October 2020

Free of charge

Keynote speakers
● Alissandra Cummins
● Antonio Augusto Arantes
● Boaventura de Sousa Santos
● Rosana Paulino

Technical visits
Valongo Wharf / “Pedra do Sal” (Rock of Salt) / “Pretos Novos” Institute
Mediation by local leaders

Aim and scope

ECHOES research project addresses a pressing dilemma at the heart of contemporary Europe: the fact that while the history of empires and colonialism undoubtedly constitutes a shared European past, this past remains strangely silent in official narratives about Europe’s ‘heritage’, those things it values enough to save for future generations. In this scenario, we argue that the EU urgently needs not just to acknowledge this dilemma but to reflexively and progressively include it at the heart of its identity in dialogue with postcolonial cultures.

The ECHOES Conference aims at fostering future-oriented forms of intercultural dialogues based on decolonial/postcolonial understandings of colonial relations. The event challenges participants to think about how the decolonial/postcolonial space, both colonized and colonizing cities, is invaded by the continuity of colonial forms, that in some cases are perpetuated and in others are confronted by the urban cultures and citizens. Moreover, the conference questions the uses of culture and heritage in entangled cities, in order to debate how to face forms of colonialism existing in postcolonial space.

ECHOES aims at showing that it is through exploring the creative activities and engagements with the colonial legacy in European and non-European cities still imbued with manifold traces of the colonial past that one can identify emancipatory heritagization practices.

The conference gathers a number of renowned speakers, scholars and local leaders that will dynamize the key sessions of the program and also the technical visits. Wide space for debate is provided to students, artists, experts, activists, artivists and active citizens.