Popular Culture, Activism and Social Change

Popular culture, despite problematic conceptualization, has offered us possibilities for thinking about how individuals have expressed themselves and how these forms of expression are signified, especially in a context of social and political struggles that can be seen from within the structures of the State or social activism movements that echo outside the structure of the state itself, but also in the combination of the two.

In Mozambique, the processes of decentralization, partisanization of the state, austerity policies, relations between the State and the citizen, which are based on a top-down approach, are the way in which participation in political and governance processes is demanded, has given us a field of possibility to think about conflicting relationships and affections. In this sense, we intend to reflect on how conventional knowledge is translated into an artistic dimension, and how art is used as scientific reflection? What role have feminist women’s movements played in contexts of economic crisis or political instability and from which places/ scenarios are they heard? How have conventional and digital averages played in the silencing, visibility or stereotype production of the struggle of the feminist women’s movements in Mozambique? How does the female image emerge in musical narratives and how do women position themselves in relation to the poetic discourse of these narratives? How have artists worked and reformulated their performances in glocal contexts and social change?