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Call: Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa (Lisbon, 17-20 July 2019)

CHAM Conference

CHAM is proud to announce the organisation of its IV International Conference on  Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa. Following very successful previous editions, CHAM is now focusing on Africa, its heritage, challenges and achievements. 

As a leading centre in the Humanities, CHAM aims in this edition to foster the presentation and discussion of multiple disciplinary approaches and contributions to the understanding of cultural, literary, historical, social, educational, artistic, ecological, and political landscapes in Africa. The conference will bring together students, academics, policymakers, community leaders, artists. It will promote a broad disciplinary approach to African Studies and a dynamic forum for discussion and knowledge production. A particular attention will be dedicated to the importance of future leaderships and to the role of young policymakers, researchers and artists. 

Read more about the conference concept
The call for papers is now OPEN! 

CHAM has received an invitation from the prestigious publishing house ROUTLEDGE to publish an edited volume about Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa in the wake of the conference. A selection of papers will be included in this publication. More details to follow. 

Please note that the working language of the conference is English. Presentations may be delivered in Portuguese, although proposals (titles/abstracts) should be presented in English, and consideration given to the global audience.

About CHAM

The Portuguese Centre for Humanities (CHAM) is an inter-University research unit of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and of the Universidade dos Açores, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. CHAM’s team includes researchers from different disciplinary fields (Archaeology, Art History, Heritage, Literature, Philosophy and History of ideas), different domains of History (Economic, Cultural, Political, Social, Religious, History of Science and History of books and reading practices) and specialists from various geographic spaces. From 2015 to 2020, CHAM’s strategic project will focus on “frontiers”. This multi-disciplinary project considers frontiers as limits that distinguished, throughout history, a plurality of societies and cultures, but also as social and cultural constructs that promoted communication and interaction.

Executive Committee 

Ana Maria MartinhoBernardo Kessongo MenezesCarla Alferes PintoFederica LupatiHilarino da LuzNoemi AlfieriRoberta StumpfVanessa Rato

Scientific Committee 

Alberto Carvalho (Portugal - FLUL), Amália Lopes (Cabo Verde – Uni - CV), Ana Maria Martinho (Portugal - CHAM/ NOVA FCSH), Elizabeth Giorgis (Etiópia - College of Performing and Visual Art, Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center), Gregório Tchikola (Angola – Univ. Lueji A’ NKonde), Helena Miguel (Angola - Univ. Católica), Hilary Owen (UK – University of Manchester/Oxford University), Isaac Albert (Nigéria – University of Ibadan), João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (Portugal – CHAM/ NOVA FCSH), José Horta (Portugal – Universidade de Lisboa), Nataniel Ngomane (Moçambique - Univ. Eduardo Mondlane / Fundo Bibliográfico Moçambique), Odete Semedo (Guiné-Bissau – Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa), Perpétua Gonçalves (Moçambique - Universidade Eduardo Mondlane), Philip Rothwell (UK - Oxford University), Roquinaldo Ferreira (Brasil/USA – Brown University), Toby Green (UK – King´s College)

Conference organisers
The conference is organised by the team at NomadIT

Further information:CHAM Conference