Mozambique on the Move

Challenges and Reflections


Being a first of its kind, this volume comprises a multi-disciplinary exploration of Mozambique’s contemporary and historical dynamics, bringing together scholars from across the globe. Focusing on the country’s vibrant cultural, political, economic and social world – including the transition from the colonial to the postcolonial era – the book argues that Mozambique is a country still emergent, still unfolding, still on the move.
Drawing on the disciplines of history, literature studies, anthropology, political science, economy and art history, the book serves not only as a generous introduction to Mozambique but also as a case study of a southern African country.

Contributors are: Signe Arnfred, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, José Luís Cabaço, Ana Bénard da Costa, Anna Maria Gentili, Ana Margarida Fonseca, Randi Kaarhus, Sheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses, Lia Quartapelle, Amy Schwartzott, Leonor Simas-Almeida, Anne Sletsjøe, Sandra Sousa, Linda van de Kamp.

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Sheila Pereira Khan, Ph.D. (2004), Warwick University, is a Postdoc Researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre, Uminho University. She has published several articles and books on Mozambican immigration, Portuguese postcolonialism, life and identity narratives, epistemologies, memory, post-memory and authorities of memory.

Maria Paula Meneses, Ph.D. (1999), Rutgers University, is a Mozambican scholar currently working at the Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra University. She has published multiple works resulting from research projects on the social and historical context of modern Mozambique.

Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, Ph.D. (2010), University of Bergen, is Professor of Social Anthropology at that university. He has published extensively on state formation, egalitarianism, violence, politics and socio-cultural processes in Mozambique.
Sheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
List of Contributors
Introduction – Situating Mozambican Histories, Epistemologies, and Potentialities
Maria Paula Meneses, Sheila Pereira Khan and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
1 ‘No passado o futuro era melhor?’: Mozambique’s Democracy in Question
Anna Maria Gentili
2 Mirrors and Contrasts: Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans in Manica, Mozambique
Randi Kaarhus
3 From Celebrating Female Emancipation to Emplacing Emperor Ngungunyane: Remoulding the Past in Mozambican National Narratology
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen
4 Urban Transformation, Family Strategies and Home Space Creation in the City of Maputo
Ana Bérnard da Costa
5 A Possible Triangle: Employment, Aid, and Mineral Wealth
Lia Quartapelle
6 (Re)configurations of Identity: Memory and Creation in the Narrative of Mia Couto
Ana Margarida Fonseca
7 Dialogues with the Past and with the Future: Ualalapi and Jesusalém
Anne Sletsjøe
8 Racial, Cultural and Emotional Crossing Paths: Mia Couto’s Hopeful Pessimism in Terra Sonâmbula and O Outro Pé da Sereia
Leonor Simas-Almeida and Sandra Sousa
9 Mozambican Capulanas: Tracing Histories and Memories
Signe Arnfred and Maria Paula Meneses
10 Healing the Pain of War through Art: Mozambique’s Grassroots Approach to Post-Conflict Resolution – Transformação de Armas em Enxadas
Amy Schwartzott
11 ‘Taking Ownership’: The Brazilian Pentecostal Project to Change Mozambique
Linda van de Kamp
12 Singing Struggles, Affirming Politics: Mozambique’s Revolutionary Songs as Other Ways of Being (in) History
Maria Paula Meneses
13 Scientific Research and Epistemological Violence
José Luis Cabaço
All those interested in contemporary Mozambique or Southern Africa within the disciplines of anthropology, history, cultural studies, literature, politics and economy.
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