1st Edition

The Colonial Periodical Press in the Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions

    454 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book clarifies the crucial role of periodical press in the advance of colonial print cultures and public debates in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    The Colonial Periodical Press in the Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions is a venture of the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-PE), which also invests in comparative studies and conceptual discussions. Moving around urban shores of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, it approaches the crucial role of periodical press in the development of colonial print cultures and public debates in these regions. By being mostly focused on press from spaces and peoples under the domain of the Portuguese Empire, it addresses a bibliographical gap in international discussions moved by the field. The outcome reflects an investment in offering decentred and de-nationalized approaches to the colonial print cultures and press histories under study, working as a platform for regional dialogues and comparative perspectives. The studies presented allow a better understanding of transits and connections of both an imperial and a trans-imperial nature, contributing to the consolidation of comparative approaches in the studies of European empires and colonialisms.

    This volume is indispensable for scholars and students in media studies, modern history, cultural studies, literary studies and political science.

    Part 1: Magazines and Intellectual Movements

    1. Goan Avant-garde, Indian Renaissance: the Revista da Índia (1913) Manifesto.

    Duarte Drumond Braga

    2. Worldly Politics and Cultural Magazines: Subtle Forms of Communal Self-assertion in Colonial Goa (1910s-1920s).

    Joana Passos

    3. Magazines and Intellectual Movements. Literature and Politics in the Goan Periodical O Académico (1940-1943)

    Helder Garmes

    4. The Periodical Colonial Press in Mozambique, 1947-55: Literature and Culture in the Western Indian Ocean

    Giulia Spinuzza

    5. Augusto dos Santos Abranches: Driving Force of Cultural Transits.

    Ada Milani

    6. Virgílio de Lemos and the Political, Cultural, and Aesthetic Project of Msaho.

    Carmen Lúcia Tindó Secco and Marinei Almeida

    7. Caliban in the Indian Ocean: Rui Knopfli’s Role in the Mozambican Literary System.

    Ana Mafalda Leite and Vanessa Riambau Pinheiro

    Part 2: Press and Politics of Identity

    8. Goan Literary History in the Periodical Press: The Works of Jacinto Caetano Barreto Miranda and Vicente de Bragança Cunha.

    Daniela Spina

    9. Racial Hybrids and the Local Elite: Perceptions and Attitudes towards the "Other" in Portuguese Goa in the Nineteenth Century

    Carmen Sharmila Pais

    10. Catholics, Konkani, and Indian Nationalism: Brief Notes on News and Politics in Goa and Bombay (c. 1890-1960).

    Dale Luis Menezes

    11. The Foro Indiano: The Application of Law in Goa as Seen from the Novas Conquistas?

    Luís Pedroso de Lima Cabral de Oliveira

    12. Bharat’kar and his attempt towards Saraswat Lusitanisation.

    Varsha Vijayendra Kamat

    Part 3: Writing colonial conflicts, crisis, and change

    13. Gatekeeping the News: Press Reports in the Koloniaal Tijdschrift Concerning the Dutch East Indies.

    Lisa Kuitert

    14. Modernity as Crisis: Migrants ‘writing back’ in the Colonial Goan Konkani Newspaper Amchó Gão (1929-1933).

    Remy Dias

    15. Catholic Press within the Politics of Democratization of Goan Catholicism: the Confrarias Polemics at the Newspaper Vauraddeancho Ixtt (1933-51).

    Denis Evereth Fernandes

    16. The Insurrect Native in Portuguese Timor: The Rebellion of Manufahi in the Australian Press.

    Lúcio Sousa

    17. Assolna, Velim, Cuncolim Tri-conglomerate: Rebellious Voices in Gomantak.

    Sushila Sawant Mendes

    18. Negotiating Economic Blockade and Food Consumption as seen in Free Goa and the Goan Tribune.

    Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa


    Sandra Ataíde Lobo is a researcher of Centro de Humanidades, Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa with a PhD in the history and theory of ideas. She co-promoted the birth of International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire. Among other interests, she works on press and intellectual histories with particular focus on Goa and Portugal, colonialism and anti-colonialism, literature and politics, internationalism and cosmopolitan historiography.

    Jessica Falconi is a researcher at the Centre for African and Development Studies, University of Lisbon. She has a PhD in Iberian studies (2007) from the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She was a postdoctoral fellow in 2010–2017, funded by the FCT (Portugal). She was also a visiting lecturer at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and head of the Portuguese Language Centre/Instituto Camoes (2018/2019).

    Remy Dias is a professor of history, Govt. College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Quepem – Goa, India, has done extensive research on the history of the Goan institution i.e., the Comunidades (Village Community System) and has contributed to research on the economic history of Portuguese Goa.

    Dave A. Smith is a translator and writer based in Houston, Texas. His most recent work, with Daniel Michon, is To Serve God in Holy Freedom: The Brief Rebellion of the Nuns of the Royal Convent of Santa Mónica, Goa, India, 1731–1734 (Routledge, 2021).