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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RAP music, digital activism and the Right to Freedom of Expression in Mozambique

In September 2017, Tirso Sitoe, researcher and executive director of BLOCO 4 FOUNDATION, was one of the speakers at the IESE ( Institute for Economic and Social Studies), international conference entitled “Challenges for social and economic research in times of crisis”.

Sitoe, in his ongoing research paper, seeks to document experiences of critical and social protest music narratives RAP, as an entry point for analysis of new forms of collective mobilization and activism in online and offline scenarios and through this ...

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Seeking the interface between social sciences and the arts

“The walls are speechless?” was the theme of the seminar held by the Bloco 4 Foundation at the Eduardo Mondlane University Campus in partnership with this institution and which served as a motto for a more ambitious goal of creating a platform for dialogue between arts and social Sciences.

The event was intended to reflect on the use of murals in public spaces in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Shot-B, a renowned plastic artist and speaker at this seminar, argues that graphite, ...

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The birth of a rhythm

The “birth of a rhythm” is the documentary of Fernando Tivane, researcher of Bloco 4 Foundation, which deals with the history of the emergence, development and current stage of the Dzukuta / Pandza musical movement through an “unusual” bias with an ethnographic and anthropological view.

 

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