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Published on Friday, February 14, 2020


This panel will consider how the memories of war, and the reintegration of combatants, can expand our understanding of how people navigate the post-colonial spaces in Africa and Europe.



Recently the study of memories of wars of liberation and the end of empires in Africa have sparked renewed interest. Political narratives shifted, and the time that has elapsed created space for new analysis. The study of these memories, forms of representation, commemorative efforts, fictional and non-fiction accounts have enriched our understanding and provided further nuanced perspectives on the experiences of soldiers and their families.

Taking up historically and geographically diverse cases from post-colonial countries and former colonial powers, this panel questions how soldiers and their families navigate the post-colonial spaces in Africa and Europe. It will address the memories and legacies of war, and the way they play out in the lives of soldiers in diverse settings. By inviting inquiries into the lives of veterans on opposing sides of liberation wars, the panel probes the parallels and distinctions between combatants in different settings, the potential for networks of veterans to bring about forms of inclusion and exclusion, political demands, and shifts in understandings of war and its consequences.

Some of the questions we aim to address are:

  • How do soldiers and their families navigate the changes that followed the end of the wars and the return home?
  • How are war memories negotiated, commemorated or silenced in the post-colonial context?
  • What bearing do processes of memorialization have in the struggle for political recognition of combatants?

By bringing diverse perspectives into discussion we hope to illuminate shared experiences of war, trauma, and memorialization, in historically and geographically distinctive contexts.


  • Ana Margarida Sousa Santos (ICS-ULisboa), margarida.sousasantos@gmail.com
  • Maria José Lobo Antunes (ICS-ULisboa), mjose.antunes@ics.ulisboa.pt

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are accepted in the following languages: Portuguese, Castilian, English or French. Papers can be presented in one of these four languages; however, simultaneous translation will not be available.

The panel proposals might have two convenors maximum and should be open to paper proposals. The registration of the convenors is mandatory.

Each participant may submit only one panel and one paper abstract proposals. In alternative to one paper submission, each participant can submit two co-authored papers. The paper proposals may be presented to the panel that the author is the convenor (where applicable) or submitted to any other panel. The registration of all the authors is mandatory.

Abstracts, both of panels and papers, should not exceed 300 words, with the first 50 words for a short abstract and the remaining 250 words for a long abstract.

Abstracts should be submitted here, until 24 February 2020

Organising Committee (CIEA11)

  • José da Silva HORTA (CH-ULisboa) — Coordinator
  • Carlos ALMEIDA (CH-ULisboa)
  • Jessica FALCONI (CEsA-ISEG)
  • Eugénia RODRIGUES (CH-ULisboa)
  • Ana Paula TAVARES (CLEPUL e CH-ULisboa)


  • Alameda da Universidade - School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
    Lisbon, Portugal (1600-214 Lisboa)


  • Monday, February 24, 2020


  • wars of liberation, empire, memory, trauma


  • Maria José Antunes
    courriel : mjosela [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Margarida Sousa Santos
    courriel : margarida [dot] sousasantos [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Maria José Antunes
    courriel : mjosela [at] gmail [dot] com


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« The aftermath of war: negotiating homecoming, memory, and trauma », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, February 14, 2020, https://doi.org/10.58079/14id

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