The House of the Students of the Empire / A Casa dos Estudantes do Império

THE FUNAMBULSIT / PANAFRICANISM THE HOUSE OF THE STUDENTS OF THE EMPIRE Ana Naomi de Sousa & Sónia Vaz Borges With Portugal already 20 years deep into the oppressive rule of Antonio Salazar, the first ‘House of the Students of the Empire’ was founded in 1943 in Lisbon, by mostly white, African-born university students who were closely connected or outwardly sympathetic to the Estado Novo regime. The doors of the Casa dos estudantes do império were finally closed by theRead more

Portugal: Policing and structural racism during the pandemic

“The lower class, the Black class, didn’t stop working the whole way through the pandemic. Every day, the buses from here are packed, and the trains to Lisbon are full of cleaners, construction workers, supermarket workers and security guards like myself. We’re on the front line.” https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/11/2/portugal-covid-discriminationRead more

The Parabiologas & the fight for the forest

(Documentary, 25″) Al Jazeera English Primatologist Citlalli Morelos-Juarez leads a conservation project in the Ecuadorian region of the Choco rainforest, one of the last coastal rainforests in the world and a unique habitat for the endangered endogenous spider-monkey. Key to her project has been setting up a ‘parabiologist’ programme that empowers local women to collaborate as field scientists, protecting the forest’s delicate eco-system for the benefit of local communities – and the wildlife that lives alongside them.Read more

Protests in Portugal after murder of Black man

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/8/1/hundreds-join-protests-in-portugal-after-murder-of-black-man “It makes me so sad,” said Joao Tristany, a musician of Angolan-Portuguese heritage. “Everything about the case is so obvious, and still they’re just looking for reasons to justify why Bruno Cande was killed. Are we ever going to see a case of racism dealt with properly here by the authorities? We’re sick of this.” (Photo: Ana Mendes)Read more

HOME at the Young Vic Theatre

What is home? Place. Smell. Feeling. Memory. Idea. Not here. In response to Tree Young Vic Taking Part have been working with young people from across Lambeth and Southwark to create HOME, an installation for audiences to experience home through the senses of a fifteen year old South Londoner. What does ‘home’ mean to them? For some it’s a specific place, for some a sensory experience. Comfort, smells of cooking or noises both peaceful and intrusive. For some it’s where they feel most atRead more

The Guardian: Lisbon’s bad week – police brutality reveals Portugal’s urban reality

From time to time, cars of curious people drive slowly though Bairro da Jamaica, craning their necks for a peek at the neighbourhood that’s been in the headlines across Portugal for several days now. None of them step out of their vehicles. They’re here to look at the broken glass, the smashed roof tiles and the evidence of last week’s violence. The tallest of the bairro’s self-built housing towers is now derelict, fenced off with yellow tape and awaiting demolition; the others are alsoRead more