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The Thought of the Black Right in Countries of Portuguese Official Language – until April 9, 2023

Editor: Ramatis Jacino

Deadline for submissions: April 9, 2023

Keywords: Black people; colonialism; conservatism; eurocentrism; neocolonialism.

The consolidation of ultra-conservative, fundamentalist religious, or contemporary reactionary movements, those marked by a history of xenophobia, racism and revisionism, has led to an increase in their membership, particularly in countries with a significant number of afro-descendants, thus adding to their overall strength. This phenomenon is not new. In Brazil in the early twentieth century, there were far-right conservative movements in which former slaves and their descendants took part. In other nations ruled by Portugal since the time of the “great navigations”, and later, during the processes of de-colonialization, this conservatism can also be seen, especially in the social sectors classified as “the assimilated” (assimilados). Wanting to reflect upon our current global reality, it thus seems both pertinent and opportune to debate or examine the reasons offered by Blacks in these territories, or in their diaspora, for joining these right and far-right movements, given how we wish to understand the extent to which the conservative and Eurocentric legacy is present. In consideration of how this phenomenon manifested itself more visibly in Brazil, in its period of transition from the slave labour system to paying wages to freed men, and similarly to the movements of de-colonialization in African and Asian nations, we feel that time frame for the work submitted should centre on the last two decades of the nineteenth century and the entire twentieth century. However, acknowledging that the purpose of any study of the past is to comprehend the present, and that those historical processes may continue to reverberate in the present day, we add that research which uses comparative analysis to examine the political theories and choices of those times, alongside those of our contemporary society, are also quite welcome.

The present publication seeks to promote reflections on the dynamics of economic, social, political, and cultural conservatism present across sectors of the Black population in countries that have emerged from the imperial and colonial processes established by the Portuguese, and to identify the origins of this conservatism. In line with the critical research carried out by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, this call for papers seeks to promote this dialogue by way of conceptual and epistemological articles which focus on the history as well as the social, economic, political and cultural conformation of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe and East Timor. Special consideration will be given to those texts that identify connections with similar processes having occurred (or occurring) outside the Afro-Luso-Brazilian or Luso-Asian spaces, as well as those which sustain this conservatism or which encourage debate from an emancipatory perspective (as in, for example, but not limited to, the epistemologies of the South as proposed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos).

The present issue of e-cadernos CES will thus contribute significantly to the growing public debate over the past few decades on the topic of the various dimensions of the Portuguese colonial past and the processes of the struggle for freedom and de-colonialization which put an end to it, focusing, in particular, on the processes of how Black intellectuals and leaders may have been co-opted by colonial power, liberalism and imperialism. The predominantly Marxist theoretical-methodological framework that we trust will sustain the articles in this issue will be underpinned significantly – but not exclusively – by Marcus Garvey, W. E. B. Du Bois, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Lélia Gonzalez, Neusa Santos, and those others whose sights have been focused on the relationships between the colonized and the colonizers (those enslaved and those enslaving) in their interfaces with the rise of capitalism, neocolonialism, and patriarchy. Thus, we invite authors and scholars from a variety of areas in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Political Science to submit their contributions on the theme of this issue so that they may analyze and more deeply examine topics within the context of countries whose official language is Portuguese, addressing or examining:

  • Conservatism in certain sectors of the Black population and their repercussions for contemporary society;

  • The conservatism of subjugated people(s) in times of historical rupture: e.g., post-slavery, during and after the colonial wars and the anti-colonial struggles for freedom;

  • Conservatism and strategies for social inclusion among populations that experienced colonialization or slavery;

  • Theoretical elaborations of the former colonized or enslaved, or their descendants, which legitimize European domination;

  • The role of the Arts or of Literature in the negation of ancestral cultures, or conversely, in the struggle against ethnocide;

  • Religiousness, psychology and their role in the construction (or negation) of cultural identities;

  • Impacts of eugenics in the Portuguese ex-colonies and their legitimizing role in the Eurocentrism of the social sciences and biological sciences;

  • The role of education in the affirmation or negation of the Epistemologies of the South;

  • Authoritarianism and the struggle against critical thought as instruments of preservation in support of the European colonial heritage.

e-cadernos CES is a peer-reviewed, online and entirely open access journal, published by the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). It is currently indexed in CAPES, DOAJ, EBSCO, ERIH Plus and Latindex. For more information on the publication consult: https://journals.openedition.org/eces.

All texts should be original and submitted in their complete version, in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French. They must not exceed 60,000 characters (with spaces), including footnotes and bibliographical references. For the final section, @cetera, other texts may be presented (up to 35,000 characters maximum), such as interviews and debates (up to 25,000 characters maximum), or unpublished book reviews (up to 5,000 characters maximum). The submitted manuscripts must not have been otherwise published in full or in part (in both print or digital format, in Portugal or abroad, in Portuguese or in any other language), or be presently under submission to any other publication.

Detailed guidelines for submitting texts are available at https://journals.openedition.org/eces/805. Manuscripts should be sent by email to e-cadernos@ces.uc.pt and authors should clearly identify the thematic issue in question – “The Thought of the Black Right in Countries of Portuguese Official Language”.

All manuscripts will be subject to the double-blind peer review process.

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