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The Empire on images: the Expo'98 and the iconographic construction of the Portuguese Empire

Grant number: 16/16798-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal researcher:Ana Paula Torres Megiani
Grantee:Lair de Paiva Junior
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/06557-8 - The Empire on images: the Expo'98 and the iconographic construction of the Portuguese Empire, BE.EP.IC


This research project has the purpose to analyze the discursive construction (editorial and curatorial) presented by the "National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries" (CNPDP) in publications prior to Expo'98 - an international exhibition held at Lisbon in 1998, in tribute to the five hundred years from the "Portuguese Discoveries". Although the interest of our project is the historiographical discourse officially presented in publications, as well as the curatorial (selection) of the Portuguese Empire iconography appointed for that celebration context, we have as a second analysis axis, the discussion about the Expo'98, comparing it with the largest official event held in Portugal so far to celebrate the "Discoveries": the Portuguese World Exhibition from 1940.Thus, the object of the project presented here is to identify and analyze, critically, whether there is residues of discursive elements relating to the ideologies of the Portuguese New State - present in the catalogs of the 1940 Exhibition - played in the midst of editorial topics organized by the CNPDP. In other words, our research will seek to analyze changes and continuities discursive in publications (catalogs) produced under demand of exhibitions held in opposing political contexts: first, inserted under Salazar's authoritarian regime; the second, at the height of neoliberalism and Portuguese republican redemocratization after Carnation Revolution. (AU)

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