1st Edition

Creating and Opposing Empire The Role of the Colonial Periodical Press

    344 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the Portuguese Empire, this book examines colonial press issued in "metropolitan" spaces and in colonies, disclosing dissonant narratives and problematizations of colonial empires.

    Creating and Opposing Empire is a venture of the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-PE), which also invests on comparative studies and conceptual discussions. This book analyses representations of Empire at colonial press published in "metropolitan" spaces and in colonies. By joining these spaces in the same analytic look, it explores different problematizations of colonial empires. The diversity of angles discloses why a decolonized, democratic, understanding of the world modulated by modern colonial empires needs to navigate the seas of dissonant narratives of community, nation, and empire. The book deals with the ideas that in their complexity and dynamism, until late in the twentieth century, were moulded in the game between the cultural context of representations and the universality of concepts. The studies range from approaches to International Exhibitions, Metropolitan Press, Colonial Models, Missionary Press, Literary Discourses, Colonial and Postcolonial Press, Constructing the "Others", Anticolonial Press, Democracy, Dictatorship, Censorship, Colonial Prison’s Press, among other themes. Its primordial focus on the Portuguese Empire, introduces perspectives rarely included in international discussions on colonial and imperial press histories.

    This book is essential for scholars and students in Media Studies, Modern History, Cultural, Literary Studies and Political Science.

    Part 1: Creating

    1. The international exhibitions of Antwerp (1885) and Paris (1889) in the magazine A Ilustração (1884-1892)

    Tania de Luca

    2. Representations of Africa and Africans in the magazine Portugal em África (1894-1910)

    Josenildo Pereira

    3. The Press of the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in Mozambique and its colonization of African minds (1890-1968)

    Simão Jaime

    4. Literary Discourses in the Portuguese Colonial Press

    Sandra Sousa

    5. The Official Press in Equatorial Guinea. Tracing colonial and postcolonial governance in Ébano

    Susana Castillo-Rodríguez

    Part 2: Debating

    6. Portuguese Public Opinion at the time of the Boletim e Annaes do Conselho Ultramarino

    Sónia Pereira Henrique

    7. The Asian colonies in the newspaper A Capital, Célia Reis

    8. Portuguese Colonial Agents and Models: Metropolitan Colonial Periodicals (1912-1937)

    Adelaide Vieira Machado

    9. Africa in the Jornal da Europa

    Sérgio Neto

    Part 3: Opposing

    10. Anticolonial Struggles and Resistance in the African Press (1870-1926)

    Isadora de Ataíde Fonseca

    11. The African Press Censorship in Mozambique. The Case Study of Brado Africano in the Twentieth Century

    Olga Iglésias Neves

    12. ‘Reaching the hearts of the sons of Portugal with the longings and aspirations of the sons of India’

    Filipa Sousa Lopes

    13. Speaking critically of Goa through Gandhi, or how to circumvent political censorship at the end of Portuguese colonialism

    Daniel Melo

    14. The press and the Colonial War /Liberation Struggle in Mozambique: the case of the newspaper RESSURGIMENTO, 1968-1973

    Alda Romão Saúte Saíde


    Adelaide Vieira Machado: Researcher of CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. PhD in History and Theory of Ideas. Co-promoted the birth of IGSCP-PE. Published several books, chapters and articles on Contemporary History and press studies, and is presently focused on colonial intellectual and liberation movements’ press.

    Isadora De Ataíde Fonesca: Assistant Professor and a Researcher at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Member of IGSCP-PE. Main areas of study: Press and Media Studies; the relations between popular culture and ideology; the dynamics between journalism and political regimes in Europe and Portuguese speaking countries.

    Robert S. Newman: From Marblehead, Mass., USA. Taught Anthropology and Education in Australia at La Trobe University among other institutions. Published extensively on Goa and has worked as an independent scholar since leaving Australia and sees Goa as an intrinsic part of Indian civilization with a unique past.

    Sandra Ataíde Lobo: Researcher of CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. PhD in History and Theory of Ideas. Co-promoted the birth of IGSCP-PE. Among other interests, works on press and intellectual histories with particular focus in Goa and Portugal, colonialism and anti-colonialism, literature and politics, internationalism, cosmopolitan historiography.