Territories, languages and borders: What role for music? | Call for proposals | video book

In both historical and contemporary terms, there are strong links between art and the senses of belonging, both to identity groups and to territories. Mozambique is an example, a country where territories, considered here as complex entities, sets of material objects, people and systems of social relations, incorporate distinct cultures with multiple meanings, identities and practices. As such, territories are permanently challenged, rather than represented in an essentialist and fixed, open and porous form to a variety of flows in and out. Music is one of the artistic elements that best expresses these creative tensions. In reality, musical genres can be considered either as an expression of authenticity, or through the lens of hybridism and the continuous mixing of different musical cultural traditions.
Like elsewhere on the African continent, Mozambican music, in its various genres, is an important vehicle for social communication. These works reflect the diversity that Mozambique is, combining its specificity (the national languages, and the linguistic diversity of the country, for example) with the global dimension of the themes that mark the contemporary reality (violence, love, freedom, the suffering).
There is no doubt that music – both in production and consumption – can be an important influence in shaping the typically hybrid identities of people and places, generating a sense of belonging to the territories. In this sense, it can help, importantly for the well-being of people and places, which has an important practical significance. In fact, music,by alerting to substantive problems experienced in the country, can contribute significantly to regeneration efforts in socially, economically and politically problematic contexts.
Music, a keystone of social reflection, is necessarily a collective process involving the use of various types of texts and (con)texts,including oral sources and other artifacts of human experience, which should be based on in a complex vision of society, which looks at everyday reality, as a dense weave composed of multiple experiences, voices, encounters and involvements, free from oppressive fundamentalisms and teleological certainties.
In this sense, the objective of this project is essentially to collect creative expressions that contribute to reinforce the socio-political citizenship where the Mozambican youth emerges in a different sense of global being different and seeks, through the use of cultural connections, to generate a new meaning aesthetic and political.
Selection criteria
  • We invite presentations with a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes.If presentations are less than 3 minutes and more than 5 minutes, they will be automatically disqualified;
  • We encourage submissions from beginning academics and postgraduate students,activists, andartists whether through musical performances. These performances can be done individually or in a group;
  • Presentations should be concise and with accessible language;
  • Can be sentpresentations,in Portuguese and English;
  • The proposal must have minimal qualities of image and sound;
  • We request unpublished presentations and unedited images.
Submission address of proposals:
Proposals should only be submitted by email [ territorios@bloco4foundation.org ], using the applications or dropbox accounts or wetransfer . 
Important deadlines:
Submission of proposals must be made between March 20, 2019 and May 30, 2019. By July 30, accepted proposals will receive a notification. In September 2019, the video-book will be available online to interested audiences through a channel to be released.
About the organizers:
Maria Paula 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 “Post-colonialisms and Global Citizenship”. She has been a visiting scholar in Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, etc. Among her research topics are postcolonial debates in African contexts, legal pluralism – with a focus on the relationship between the state and ‘traditional authorities’-, the relationship between official history, memory (ies) and other narratives of belonging in contemporary identity struggles.
Tirso Sitoe is the founder, researcher fellow and Executive director of the Bloco 4 Foundation. Master and post-graduate in Intercultural Relations from Open University (UAB), Lisbon. The dissertation explored experiences on how the RAP of protest is a space where musicians and the audience exercise their civil rights and citizenship in post-colonial Mozambique. In 2012 he obtained his degree in Social Anthropology from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM). In 2016, Tirso Sitoe was one of the young African leaders, selected for their commitment to the development of Africa, to integrate a group of people from all over the world, YALI Civic Leadership Training Program at the Regional Center for African Leadership Austral-Pretoria, offered by YALI- Regional Leadership Center, Mozambique.  He has collaborated in several international research projects with the Institute of Ethnomusicology INET-Md, headquartered at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Nova de Lisboa University. His research focuses on areas such as youth cultures, sociability’s and processes of youth identification, citizenship, activism and human rights in Mozambique, spatial dynamics and social movements in urban context, Music criticism and social protest in post-colonial Mozambique, digital activism, technological artifacts as places of civic engagement and collective memory.
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