Conference “Mimesis and the Government of Difference

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Conferência: Mimesis and the Government of Difference. New Perspectives on the Portuguese Colonial Empire (31 May-1 June 2013, Birkbeck College, University of London)


10.00 – Welcome remarks, Zoltán Biedermann, Ricardo Roque & Ângela Barreto Xavier


Chair: Francisco Bethencourt (King’s College, University of London)

10.15-10.45: Alan Strathern (University of Oxford)

“The dog that didn’t bark in the night-time”: European apotheosis in first encounters and the puzzling case of its absence in Portuguese expansion literature

10.45-11.15: Debate

11.15-11.30: Coffee-break

11.30-12.00: Pedro Cardim (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon)

To obey from afar: Salvador da Bahia’s city council and the governance of the Portuguese Atlantic during the second half of the 17th century

12.00-12.30: Debate

12.30-14.30: LUNCH


Chair: William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS)

14.30-15.00: Zoltán Biedermann (Birkbeck College, University of London)

The government of difference, or different ways of governing? Reflections from the margins of Empire

15.00-15.30: Debate

15.30-16.00: Ricardo Roque (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and University of Sydney)

Mimesis as an art of government: colonial justice and indigenous customs in the late Portuguese colonial empire

16.00-16.30: Debate

16.30-16.45: Coffee-break

16.45-17.15: Cristiana Bastos (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Marble stairways and straw roofs: variations in hospital styles under Portuguese colonial rule

17.15-17.45: Debate



Chair: Catarina Fouto (King’s College, University of London)

9.30-10.00: Ângela Barreto Xavier (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)

The politics of difference in the early-modern Portuguese empire: going Native vs. going Portuguese

10.00-10.30: Debate

10.30-11.00: Luís Cabral & Manuel Magalhães (Faculty of Law, New University of Lisbon)

Judging others and others as judges: three magistrates between Angola, Brazil, Portugal and Goa

11.00-11.30: Debate

11.30-11.45: Coffee-break

11.45-12.15: Cristina Nogueira da Silva (Faculty of Law, New University of Lisbon) & Pedro Ferreira (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon)

Between imitation and assimilation: controlling difference and similarity in the Portuguese colonial administration

12.15-12.45: Debate

End of conference



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