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IN2PAST Seminar

forensic heritage

First Operationalization Attempt



02:00 - 04:00 pm

NOVA FCSH (Colégio Almada Negreiros)

Exploratory project ‘Landscapes of terror, violence, and forensic heritages in the postcolonial Lusophone space’ aims to develop a research agenda on how violence is inscribed in memory and heritage regimes within the post-colonial context of Portuguese colonialism and the post-colonial Lusophone space.

In this presentation, we propose to test and operationalize the project’s main conceptual contribution – the idea of ‘forensic heritage’ – by calling on and discussing empirical case studies, based on current and previous research conducted by team members. We will concentrate on specific cases (places, landscapes, buildings, ruins, or discourses) within post-colonial contexts such as the ones in Ethiopia, Angola, and Guinea-Bissau, or post-dictatorial contexts, like in Portugal and Spain.


Ruy Llera Blanes (CRIA – Iscte)
Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Víctor Barros (Casa de Velazquez)
Xurxo Ayán Vila (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Marta Prista (CRIA – Iscte)
Maria Cardeira da Silva
Fátima Ferreira (Lab2PT)
Francisco Mendes (Lab2PT)


Catarina Laranjeiro (IHC NOVA FCSH)




We will start with a critical debate around the concept of ‘forensic heritage’ and its potential relevance to heritage studies, and then focus on the mentioned case studies, addressing the following questions:

  • What kinds of ‘places’ are we talking about? What were the ‘possible’ memorializations and patrimonializations in post-colonial contexts?
  • What are the absences and silences associated with or resulting from these heritage-making processes?
  • What material and symbolic consequences or effects emerge from these processes? What types of reception and/or objection arise in response?

IMAGE Remains of Daimler, Madina de Boé, Guinea-Bissau, 1974
© João Carvalho