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.
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.
Table of contents
Preface 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
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 Index
All those interested in contemporary Mozambique or Southern Africa within the disciplines of anthropology, history, cultural studies, literature, politics and economy.