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“Representations of Home Open Seminar” 6 | 8 October *Sala de Reuniões do Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos | FLUL


Date: 8 October
Venue: Sala de Reuniões do Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos | Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Organization: ULICES


The “Representations of Home” (RHOME) Project, developed by Research Group 4 of the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), invites you to attend the sixth “Representations of Home Open Seminar” (RHOSE6) to be held on Thursday, 8 October, in Sala de Reuniões do Departamento de Estudos Anglísticos, at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, from 10h to 12h.


For this seminar, titled Belonging and (Un)belonging in South Africa: Past and Present, we have invited the following speakers: 

Carla Larouco Gomes

At Home and Abroad: the Boer War (1899-1902), the South African Concentration Camps and Emily Hobhouse’s Disturbing Report

In the last decades of the 19th century, the 'Scramble for Africa' made the opposing views on Empire and imperialism ever more evident, and the adoption of highly contested practices by British troops during the Second Boer War (1899-1902), namely the creation of 'concentration camps' for Boer women and children, exposed Britain to shame.

After being appointed secretary of the South African Conciliation Committee, by the Liberal member of Parliament Leonard Courtney, Emily Hobhouse, a humanitarian activist, a pacifist and a strong opponent of the Boer War, spent five months in the country to investigate the conditions in such camps. Upon returning to England, she had a meeting with Campbell-Bannerman, the leader of the Liberal Party, who, a few days later, denounced practices of farm burning and the 'concentrations camps' as 'methods of barbarism'. Hobhouse's Report would soon be discussed in Parliament and give rise to different reactions from the press.

In this talk, I intend to analyse that which was probably one of the most relevant Reports on the 'concentration camps' in the context of the Boer War, and to discuss its political impact, namely among the liberals, generally associated to Empire.


Paula Horta

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive: a storytelling platform and public site of personal memories


How can the absent be made present? How can someone’s singularity be revealed through the narration by an other? How can “the story of a life” be told in photographs? These are some of the questions addressed in the contextualized reading of images of Nelson Mandela found in the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (archive.nelsonmandela.org). Drawing on the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Paul Ricoeur and Adriana Cavarero, this talk reflects on the intersection between memory, narrative and photography.


All are welcome.


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