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“Rebuilding the Jigsaw of Memory”: The Discourse of Portuguese Colonial War Veterans’ Blogs

  • Verónica FerreiraEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

Since the end of 1990s, the Portuguese Colonial War (1961–1974/5) veterans have created a significant number of blogs about their experiences in Africa, challenging the lack of public debate about the war in Portugal. This chapter is based on a critical discourse analysis of Luís Graça and Guinea Comrades blog and in-depth interviews to explore the narratives developed within it and its dynamics. Focusing on the memories constructed by veterans who fought on the side of the Portuguese Armed Forces, the aim is to comprehend how they construct a community of shared memories that reflects the need to make sense of their war experience, and, at the same time, how colonial relations are revealed in their narratives and visual representations.

Keywords

Portuguese Colonial War Discourse Blog War veteran Liberation wars Liberation movements Portugal Mozambique Guinea-Bissau Vernacular memories Narrative Archive Mediation Digitalization Colonialism Decolonization Representation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research is part of a larger collaborative project on the history of memory of the Portuguese colonial wars/liberation wars that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (Grant Agreement No 715593: “CROME – Crossed Memories, Politics of Silence: The Colonial-Liberation Wars in Postcolonial Times”). I would also like to thank Karen Bennett for translating the portuguese version of the text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Social StudiesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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