Anthropology of jocosity: sociological aspects of laughter, humor and joke

Nelson Mugabe, a researcher at Bloco 4 Foundation and a doctoral student in social sciences at the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, said on May 30that the Center for African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University on a topic not explored in the Mozambican academic field: «laughter, humor and joke».

As a speaker, he presented a literature review on these three concepts discussed in the social sciences, looking in a particular way for their use and practices or discourses ...

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Rethinking social movements

Edgar Barroso, researcher of Bloco 4 Foundation, on May 30thoffered us with a presentation of his research paper in which it is proposed to explore the dynamics of social movements in Mozambique, using musical narratives of RAP protest.

In this conversation, Barroso focused especially on the album “O Enteado da Pátria”, referring to some musical extracts contained in some songs by the Mozambican rapper Olho Vivo, former member of one of the most influential RAP groups of social intervention in Maputo, ...

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Maria Paula Meneses is the new member of the honor committee of the Bloco 4 Foundation

Maria Paula Meneses has been a member of the honor committee of Block 4 Foundation since May. Meneses is a Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Anthropology by Rutgers University (USA) and a MA in History from St. Petersburg University (Russia).

Previously, until 2003, she was a lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique). Currently she lectures in various Doctoral programs at CES, co-coordinating the program on ‘Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship’.

She has ...

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Wheel Talk Art, Education and Creative Process in writing in Coimbra, Portugal

The associate researcher of Block 4 Foundation, Carlos Guerra Júnior, presented this Monday (7) at the Wheel of Conversation Art, Education and Creative Processes in Writing, in Coimbra, Portugal. The event was attended by Brazilian singer Adriana Calcanhotto, who is a guest professor at the University of Coimbra this semester.

Carlos Guerra Júnior presented the relationship of rap as a form of innovation in teaching methodologies. Meanwhile, Adriana Calcanhotto reported on the experience as a teacher of the free course ...

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African Map of Humanities

Bloco 4 Foundation was one of the centers selected to be part of CHCI’s African Map of Humanities project, which is part of a larger initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, thereby becoming CHCI’s organizational partner.

We are happy for the choice and eager for the results of this partnership that is of utmost importance for the research programs we are developing.

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The rap and political activism: case studies in Angola, Brazil and Portugal

Carlos Guerra Júnior, associate researcher at Bloco 4 Foundation, spoke in Maputo about RAP and political activism.

In the event, on the one hand, based on case studies done in Angola, Brazil and Portugal, Carlos sought to reflect on the relationship of conflict in three countries between the hegemonic system and the forms of resistance, focusing on social intervention rap.

On the other hand, it sought to understand how rappers interact with the media, since most of the social intervention rappers are ...

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Between “absent dialogues”: the rap of protest, the censorship and criminalization of social protests

On February 8, 2018, Tirso Sitoe researcher and executive director of Bloco 4 Foundation was the guest for the IESE (Institute of Economic and Social Studies) methodological seminar.

Sitoe in his presentation explored the experiences of musicians and RAP protest in Mozambique as an entry point to analyze issues related to freedom of expression, censorship and criminalization of social protests and to think how the meanings of ” belonging “in the frictions between social exclusion / inclusion clusters in” good governance ...

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Contestations and affections: Between silences and cries of the walls in Maputo City

From February 26-28, Tirso Sitoe Researcher Fellow and Executive Director of Bloco 4 Foundation and visual artist, Bruno Mateus (Shot B) participated in the international conference entitled Middle Class Urbanism In The Global South: Routes, Shapes And Aspiration, organized by The Middle Class Urbanism Research Team and the Department of Anthropology, University of Aarhus.

At the conference, they presented an ongoing research paper titled “Responses and Affections: Between Silences and Shouts of Walls in Maputo City”.

In this research document, Sitoe seeks ...

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Call for Papers: Reinventing speeches and stages: RAP – between local and global knowledge

Nowadays, looking at the development of Mozambican youth urban cultures, it is underlined the emergence of voices questioning state agents and its representatives, as well political and government policies and processes. Bearing this in mind, youth movements have been promoting spaces to debate and create an active citizenship through artivism, in particular using RAP as a way of resistance. However, these movements are global: they began in the United States of America two decades ago and are currently present in ...

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Music has been an instrument for the production of social changes in the urban context

The International Colloquium “Reinvents the discourse and the stage: the RAP between loquacious knowledge and global looks” was launched this Tuesday (07). On this first day, Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros, from Queen’s University Belfast, presented the theme “Equalizing the margins: expressive cultures and urban renewal in Lisbon’s historical center” exploring the impact of the current urban re-qualification process in one of Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Mouraria, in the material culture, in the social universes and in the daily life of the neighborhood.

The ...

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