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Between 9 and 11 Sep 2010, the CEA ISCTE/IUL and the CEAUP are organizing the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies at ISCTE/IUL, Lisbon.


How does Africa look at its past, its present, its future? Rather than wondering about the reality of specific African conceptions of historical time, the CIEA7 proposes to examine the terms by which African societies refer to a transformative vision of the past and the dynamics of the present, in search of visions of the future. Our aim is to see how their visions transcend the particular identities of societies and nations of the continent and evaluate their regional, political and religious variations.

Fifty years after the independence of most African countries, the continent is facing a range of new opportunities for international dialogue. Such new opportunities undermine traditional assumptions that relate to their historical relationship with their former colonizing countries while valuing the nature and variety of their cultural heritage.

Various African societies have found innovative responses to the challenges of globalization, either relating to the fields of trade, politics and culture or to the complex scenarios of economic, environmental and energy crises that have been affecting all humanity. These responses and the accompanying re-readings of the past have been the basis of profound identity shifts that reveal the weaknesses of attempts to apply external models of society and state of European and American origin to African countries.

For the three plenary sessions of the Congress, the Executive Board considers it important to define a set of specific topics focused on recent transformations in African historiography, an analysis of the contemporary dynamics of African states, and conflicting perceptions of the continent's future.

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    Text originally published in Castilian:

    Jordi Tomàs and Albert Farré, “Los congresos ibéricos de estudios africanos”, in Documentos CIDOB. Desarrollo y Cooperación; 4. Los estudios africanos en España: Balance y perspectivas, Barcelona, March 2009, pp.55-59.

    After six editions, the Iberian Congresses of African Studies (ICAS) became, beyond doubt, the main scientific meeting for Spanish and Portuguese who conduct research in Africa and among its diaspora. This type of congress, first called Congress of African Studies in the Iberian World, is organized each time by a different African studies centre, alternating between Spanish and Portuguese research centres. It has the particular feature of assembling experts from various scientific domains: historians, economists, anthropologists, sociologists, philologists, etc.

    The inaugural Iberian Congress of African studies took place in 1991, in Madrid. It was held at Colegio Mayor Universitário Nuestra Señora de África. The idea came largely from two well-known historians among Africanists of the Iberian world: Isabel Castro Henriques (a Portuguese Professor at the Universidade de Lisboa) and Ferran Iniesta (a Catalan Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona), with the generous support of Eduardo de Sousa Ferreira, a Professor at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and an expert on Portuguese colonialism in Africa. The Iberian Congress first organizers’ aim was to bring together, on a regular basis, Africanists from all communities in the Iberian Peninsula to discuss their research findings on Africa.

    In this first congress, two lines of Africa studies were combined. One was the heiress of the old studies forged under spanish and portuguese totalitarian regimes. The other one came with a new generation of young people, under the renewing baton of Castro Henriques, Iniesta and others. On the first line we could find a wide range of sensibilities, from the colonial gaze to the scientific one. Through the other line, young researchers begun to see Africa under a different gaze, charaterized by its opposition to the colonial inertia still existing in both countries. Some of the students who presented there their research are nowadays teaching African Studies in different universities. In the first Congress the dynamism of the Barcelona students was notorious. Their engagement with Africa-related issues reflected the foundation of the Centre d’Estudis Africans (CEA) in 1991 and the publication of the first number of the journal Studia Africana in 1990.

    The second edition of ICAS was held once again in Madrid, between the 15th and the 17th September 1999, entitled "África hacia il siglo XXI" ("Africa for the 21st century"). Francisco Javier Peñas and, once more, Ferran Iniesta directed the second edition of ICAS. The organizing committee was under the aegis of the following institutions: Asociación Española de Africanistas (AEA); Agrupament perl a Recerca i Docência d’Àfrica (ARDA); Universidade de Lisboa; Centro de Estudos Africanos from Lisbon’s ISCTE (Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa); and Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora d’África.

    This congress marked the arrival of many scholars of Africa from various universities in Madrid – with the crucial incorporation of the GEA, Group of African Studies –, where initiatives on African studies were by then consolidated. Casa de África (House of Africa)/Sial Ediciones published the proceedings with forty-three papers presented in the Congress. This encounter represented a step forward in the relationship between different Iberian centres of african studies. Even though the headquarters of the congress were centered in Madrid, its scientific organization was shared with ohter centres, mainly through the network ARDA/RIDA. As a result of this kind of articulation, a more dynamic network of africanist centres was strengthened.

    The third edition took place in Lisbon between the 11th and 13th of December 2001, with the kind support of different Portuguese public institutions (Instituto de Cooperação Portuguesa, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), and various african studies centres (RIUEA, Rede inter-Universitária de Estudos Africanos and CEA-FLUL, Centro de Estudos Africanos da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa). The Congress, held atthe headquarters of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, was entitled: “New relations with Africa: which perspectives?”. During the Congress the speakers offered a variety of papers on ongoing research, however the Congress’ main focus was on new forms of cooperation – taken in a broader sense –between Europe and Africa. Isabel Castro Henriques, who had been behind the inaugural edition ten years earlier, was the director, as well as the coordinator of the proceedings, published in 2003 by Editora Vulgata (Lisbon) counting with almost forty papers.

    In January 2004 the time had come for Barcelona. In fact, the presence of Barcelona and Catalunya was evident since the first congress in 1991. The president was Ferran Iniesta, who had given a great impulse for the previous congresses. Alberto López Bargados (professor at the Universitat de Barcelona) and Albert Roca (professor at the Universitat de Lleida) carried out scientific management while Jordi Benet, Joan Gimeno and Jordi Tomàs were in charge of coordination. The congress was supported by LISA (Laboratori per a la Investigació de les Societats Africanes) and the Generalitat de Catalunya. ARDA/RIDA was in charge of scientific management. Following the same guiding lines of previous congresses, this fourth edition of the Iberian Congresses of African Studies focused on African values and tried to challenge and provide alternatives to the Afro-pessimistic trend that had been gaining importance for some decades in well-respected centres dedicated to the African continent. For this reason, the Congress was entitled “Africa camina” (“Africa walks”). The Congress was complemented by several parallel activities (a film series by Luc de Heusch; conferences by African writers; art exhibitions; activities concerning Equatorial Guinea; etc.) and gathered support from over thirty public institutions, entities or companies related to Africa. Between featured speakers and the public, the congress brought together around four hundred participants, coming from over fifty countries; counting with a large presence of African scholars and politicians. Over sixty papers were published in the proceedings of this Congress, in digital format.

    Two years later, in May 2006, a Portuguese university organized the 5th Iberian Congress: Universidade da Beira Interior located in Covilhã. It brought together over one hundred specialists in African issues. Several public institutions, such as Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, sponsored the congress. There was a strong representation of speakers from Portuguese-speaking African countries – Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. The congress was led by Professor José Carlos Venâncio, and coordinated by Ana Lúcia Sá. The proceedings appeared in 2008 in digital format and gathered over forty papers. The congress held in Covilhã – as had happened before with the one held in Barcelona – re-inforced the decentralization of the congresses of African studies, paving the way for universities and research centres located outside the two state capitals of the Iberian Peninsula. Moreover, it strengthened the relationship between several generations of Spanish and Portuguese researchers.

    In May 2008 the time had came for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a city that hosts both an important African Studies Centre and is the seat of La Casa África (The House of Africa), which opened in 2007. The congress was organized by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with the kind support of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria – Dirección General de Relaciones con África and La Casa África. More than one dozen public and private institutions and entities attended the congress. Directed by Germán Santana Perez, the secretariat was provided by Luisa Toledo, and the organizing committee was completed with Juan Manuel Brito, Juan Jaime Martínez, Albert Farré and Jordi Tomàs. As in previous conferences, this one attracted a large scientific committee, bringing together twenty specialists who represented most African studies centres in Spain and Portugal. The congress, entitled “Africa: puentes, conexiones e intercambios” (“Africa: bridges, connections and interchanges”), devoted special attention to the specificities of African insular contexts, as well as to issues that increasingly shape the relations between the Canary Islands and the African continent: commercial relations and immigration. Nearly two hundred people attended the event.

    Conferences & Plenary Sessions


    Has the West the monopoly of modernity?
    9/09 | Grande Auditório: 11.00

    Aminata Traoré

    The rape of the imagination consisting on tending to the other a mirror reflecting a self-image that ultimately determines his “choice” and his behavior has been one of the weapons of conquest and domination of Southern peoples. Independence would have allowed us to break with this situation in order to unleash the political, social and artistic creativity of the colonized we were in the construction of our country. We are far from this because trapped by the myth of a modernity that ended today through the impoverishment of the vast majority of African men and women, the disruption of social ties, the destruction of the environment and forced migration. It is time to claim an African modernity that reconciles us with ourselves, our environment and the rest of the world.

    Aminata Traore, a Malian politician and writer, is the coordinator of the Forum Pour un Autre Mali (FORAM) and director of the Center Amadou Hampaté Bâ (CAHBA). Former Minister of Culture and Tourism of Mali from 1997 to 2000, she was a consultant to the UNDP, UNESCO and ILO and a member of the Organizing Commission of the World Social Forum in Bamako (January 2006). Aminata Traore is currently a member of the Russell Tribunal for Palestine. She was awarded the Prize for Culture Prince Klaus (Netherlands) in 2004 and has received numerous awards in Mali. A writer and essayist, she is the author of L’étau (l’Afrique dans un monde sans frontières), Actes Sud, 1999, Mille tisserands en quête d’avenir, EDIM, 1999, Le viol de l’imaginaire, Actes Sud / Fayard, 2001, Lettre au Président des Français à propos de la Côte d’Ivoire et de l’Afrique en général, Fayard, 2005, L’Afrique humiliée, Fayard, 2008. More information can be found on:
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina...; http://www.centre-cahba-bamako.org; http://www.foram-forum-mali.org.

    Times of modernity: knowledge and epistemological shortcomings in African Studies
    11/09 | Grande Auditório: 17.30

    Elísio Macamo

    One of the main challenges in conceptualizing the notion of modernity in the field of African studies is to determine the exact role played by its temporal dimension. Some misunderstanding between Africans and Africanists and some analytical slippage in African studies may be better understood using the temporal issue as a conceptual challenge. The aim of this conference is therefore to discuss the role of time in the constitution of modernity in Africa as well as the conditions that turn possible certain knowledge about Africa. This constitution is understood in two ways, empirically as a process of structuring the daily lives and theoretically as the political economy of knowledge.

    Elisio Macamo, a Mozambican national is a professor of African studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. A graduate in Sociology from the University of North London, UK, Dr. Macamo has got a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology and an Aggregation in General Sociology from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the African Council for the Development of Social Sciences based in Dakar, Senegal, and co-editor of the African Sociological Review. His research interests include risk and disasters, religion, technology and development processes. His theoretical interests are the sociology of knowledge and its relevance to social science methodology. More information, including bibliography, can be found at: http://zasb.unibas.ch/ab....

    Plenary Sessions

    Teaching and research between Europe and Africa: which cooperation?
    9/09 | B104: 17.30

    Moderation: Ana Bénard, CEA-IUL
    With: Prof. Doutor Augusto Manuel Correia, IPAD; Doutora Margarida Abecassis, FCG; Prof. Doutor Carlos Cardoso, CODESRIA; Prof. Doutor Manuel João Ramos, AEGIS; D. Rafael Hernandéz, Vice-Reitor UCM; Prof. Doutor Albert Roca Álvarez, ARDA, UdL; Prof. Doutor Paulo Telles de Freitas, IMVF

    At a time when the networks of international cooperation are vital for research and education, what advances have been made by European and African institutions? This session launches the debate building on the successful experiences of research networks in Africa and on African Studies in Europe.

    What future for Europe-Africa relations?
    10/09 | Grande Auditório: 11.30

    Chair: Prof. Doutor Fernando Jorge Cardoso, IEEI/EARN
    With: Prof. Doutor João Gomes Cravinho, SENEC; Eng. Domingos Simões Pereira, CPLP; D. Luis Padilla, Casa África; Victor Ângelo, antigo Representante Especial da ONU; Prof. Doutor André Corsino Tolentino, Instituto da África Ocidental

    The relationship between Africa and Europe went from a strong inequality to the cooperation between partners advocated by all but that still finds many obstacles. Nowadays the central role that European countries played in the international forum for their African counterparts is strongly questioned. These relations will lose their relative weight in a globalized world where European over-representation in the international bodies is now being challenged. In a context where multiple political actors reposition themselves, what future lies ahead between the European and African countries?


    The belated decolonization of the Portuguese colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa in the mirror of the European decolonization process
    11/09 | B102, piso 1 do Edifício II: 11.00

    Organization: Maciel Santos e Alexander Keese, CEAUP
    With: Aurora Santos, IHC-UNL; Natalia Umbelina, CEMAf; Elsa González Aimé, UAM

    Portugal’s former colonies had a very particular trajectory within the newly independent African states in the 1970s and 1980s. The late decolonization of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, and Cape Verde made these countries run through 15 years of frantic attempts from the part of the Portuguese colonial power to ‘convince’ African populations of the legitimacy and the benevolent effect of the Portuguese presence. Besides, the particularities of the Portuguese colonial system, like the authoritarian political system of the metropole, the prolonged existence of forced labour, the native code until 1961 and the considerable efforts of the colonial regime to transform its two largest colonies into territories of settlement, stand in considerable contrast to the other late colonial experiences. However, does that mean that the Portuguese colonies passed through an entirely different process? Discussing the many differences the Portuguese system had, can we speak of very similar elements? And can we not say that the peculiarity of the Portuguese case lays more the time span of the reforms, not the content of its politics? What can the researcher learn from the comparison, and does this comparison allow us, fifty years after the ‘Year of Africa’, to understand better the postcolonial evolution of the Lusophone countries as compared to their African neighbours?


    Download the complete program with the summary of all panels in PDF:

    Panels Overview (PDF, 508KB)

    NOTE: The schedule of the panels is subject to last minute changes.

    List of Thematic Panels

    Access the individual information of each panel in the following list of links:

    #1 Guardianes de la Historia y de la Memoria: ‘Tradiciones’, Colecciones y otras manifestaciones (in)materiales del período colonial

    #2 O desporto nos países africanos: entre as práticas coloniais e os projectos de modernidade

    #3 Una Africa Movediza, Sociabilidad y Planificación en las Ciudades Africanas

    #4 The suffering of migrants and refugees of/in Africa and their caregivers: new models, new practices, new actors

    #5 Redes e Estratégias Familiares na África Contemporânea – Novos contextos, novas respostas?

    #6 (Counter-)Memories of colonialism: remembrance, resistance and transference in anti-colonial African narratives

    #7 Modernidades, Marginalização e Violência: estratégias de sobrevivencia e afirmação dos jovens em Cabo Verde e Guiné-Bissau

    #8 Políticas públicas em educação e formação. A colaboração entre o Estado e a sociedade civil

    #9 Islas del Atlántico Africano, Instituciones y su Proyección futura

    #10 As bibliotecas no desenvolvimento dos estudos africanos/Os estudos africanos no desenvolvimento das bibliotecas africanistas: novos problemas e novos desafios

    #11 Equidad de Genero: desarrollo y cooperación

    #13 Cabo Verde e S. Tomé e Príncipe: Luta pela libertação, descolonização e construção do Estado independente

    #15 State Power betwixt and between Modernity and Tradition in Southern Africa. Decentralisation and Governance of Land and Natural Resources

    #16 Reconfigurações Políticas e Actores Sociais, em Espaços Rurais Africanos

    #17 Discursos postcoloniales entorno a África

    #18 Vidas Transnacionais: África/Península Ibérica

    #19 A dimensão social e cultural da Guerra Colonial em África: Angola, Guiné‐Bissau e Moçambique (1961‐1974)

    #20 Políticas de salud y sus implicaciones hacia África

    #21 Literaturas africanas entre tradiciones y modernidades

    #22 Migration – Food – Security. Flows, dynamics and turbulences in African agrarian societies

    #23 O poder religioso de África: devoções e emigrações africanas

    #24 Desarrollo rural

    #25 Migraciones y diaspora

    #26 Modernidades y media

    #27 Impacto da formação e cooperação ao nível do ensino superior nas dinâmicas africanas contemporâneas

    #28 State, Institutions and Market Reforms in Africa

    #29 Conflicto social y sistemas jurídicos consuetudinarios africanos: la redefinición constante de la tradición

    #30 Rum, Rumpi e Le: sob o fogo cruzado da intolerância religiosa na contemporaneidade

    #31 The Golden Jubilee (1960-2010) of Nigeria’s Independence: An Analysis of Political Leaders and Followers

    #32 Explotación de recursos naturales y desarrollo en África: ¿un nuevo reparto o maldición de los recursos?

    #34 Os Entraves à Construção e Consolidação do Estado na Guiné-Bissau

    #35 Estado e sociedades africanas perante o nexo segurança e desenvolvimento

    #36 Continuities and ruptures in the study of African contexts: a place for the history of the present

    #37 Economia urbana de subsistência: processos de organização e representação

    #38 Dilemmas of African Modernity and Their Theoretical Challenges

    #39 The role of regional and international actors in the conflict resolution process in Africa and Insights from the Horn of Africa

    #40 Pluralismo medico: perspectivas utilitarias en la interacción entre medicinas en África

    #41 Sobre la vigencia de la frontera africana: identidades locales y transciudadanías

    #42 Línguas crioulas de base portuguesa na África

    Free Admission Activities


    Library | 4th Floor, Building II

    Travel Journals: graphical representations of Africa
    Exhibition of travel journals of five travelling authors – Ângela Luzia, Eduardo Salavisa, Enrique Flores, Isabel Fiadeiro e Manuel João Ramos – conceived by Eduardo Salavisa, with the support of the Services of Information and Documentation/ISCTE-IUL and the CEA-IUL.

    Archaeology of African daily life I
    Exhibition of several objects of every-day life, from various origins and usefulness, borrowed by researchers and collaborators of CEA-IUL. This is an initiative of the BCEA – Central Library of African Studies, with the kind support of the Services of Information and Documentation/ISCTE-IUL

    Exhibition space B0: Floor 0, Building II

    The Great Leap (original fr., Le Grand Saut)
    Generously enabled by the Centre Amadou Hampâté Bá, this painting exhibition recounts the steps of the failed migration of six young Malians, repatriated by Morocco in the frontier between Maghreb and Europe. Dramane Bouare, Samakoun Bembele, Ousmane Keita, Adama Sissoko, Mohamed Sissoko and Ibrahim Traoré signed these paintings, as evidence of a dramatic experience as well as vehicles for personal reconciliation with those memories. These paintings are also the fruit of a project developed by the Assssociation Retour-Travail-Dignité (ARTD) founded in 2005 in Mali, under initiative of Aminata Traoré.

    Room C104: 1st Floor, Building II

    The Triangle of Art
    In constant itinerary, this is a painting exhibition in which several artists from the Portuguese speaking world built up a transatlantic dialogue. Organized in collaboration with the Cooperative of Education and Arts – Afro-Luso-Brazilian School, an NGO based in Coimbra.

    This project of plastic expression, composed of a multiform sculpture installation with wire and other materials that depict fragments of the life in Africa, reflecting images built up around the African identity. Conceived for the CIEA 7 by Cibelo (Fernando Morais) in dialogue with:

    Africa, contested memories
    Multimedia projection drawn from interviews conducted by 1st year students of Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL, as part of the course on Ethnographical Maps II: Africa, from a challenged launched by Prof. Manuel João Ramos. This project brings together images and senses, reflexes of experiences and memories of those who crossed their personal paths between Africa and Portugal. Conceived for CIEA 7 by Ana Teresa Real, Fernando Morais and Maria de Lurdes Semedo.

    vimeo Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Book Exhibition

    9-11 September | 9.30-18.30 | C103: 1st floor, Building II

    Presenting editors and publications dedicated to African contexts, this fair will be held during the three days of Congress.

    Participants: CEA-IUL, CEAUP, IPAD, ICS, CEIBA, Livraria Letra Livre, Livraria Histórica e Ultramarina, Iberian Books, James Currey Publishers, Berghan Books, Gazelle, Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, Ayebia.

    Meet the author | September 10

    Turismo em Meio Insular Africano
    Brígida Rocha Brito et al., Ed. Gerpress e Centro de Estudos Africanos

    Vozes do Universo Rural. Reescrevendo o Estado em África
    Fernando Florêncio et al., Ed. Gerpress e Centro de Estudos Africanos

    Amélia Arlete Mingas (org.), Cole(c)tânea de Literatura Oral, Inst. Internacional da Língua Portuguesa

    Amélia Arlete Mingas (org.), Cole(c)tânea de Literatura Oral, Inst. Internacional da Língua Portuguesa

    Moçambique. Memórias sociais de ontem, dilemmas politicos de hoje
    Vítor Alexandre Lourenço, Ed. Gerpress e Centro de Estudos Africanos

    Youth and Modernity in Africa
    Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, n. 18/19, Coordenado por Lorenzo I. Bordonaro e Clara Carvalho. Julho 2009 – Junho 2010, Centro de Estudos Africanos

    Secesionismo en África
    Jordi Tomàs (ed.), Ediciones Bellaterra (Barcelona)

    Projects Fair

    10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. | B201: 2nd floor, Building II

    Integrated in the program of the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies, this Fair is an open space for presentation and promotion of activities and projects of associations, artists and communities of Africa and its diasporas. In a dynamic and informal format, each project has five minutes for a short presentation, supported by a simultaneous projection of images.


    Documentary Sessions

    September 10| from 3 p.m. | Grand Auditorium: Floor 1, Building II

    15.00h – 16.00h: Help Images:

    Dja dja non, Médicos do Mundo (MdM) em São Tomé e Príncipe, 21’ 11’’; Carta da Daniela, Ajuda Médica Internacional (AMI) em São Tomé e Príncipe, 9’ 15’’; Aventura solidária, Ajuda Médica Internacional (AMI) no Senegal, 4‘ 46’’; Vulnerable Voices, International Alert (IA) em São Tomé e Príncipe, 13’ 15’’.

    vimeo Dja dja non
    vimeo Carta da Daniela
    vimeo Aventura solidária
    vimeo Vulnerable Voices

    16.30h – 17.15h: Cuma qui bu na mansi? Directed by Patrícia Pedrosa (Guiné-Bissau, 2008). 25’27’’.

    Cuma qui bu na mansi?” means, freely translated, how do you feel at sunrise? How do you wake up?. This question is related to the economy of subsistence that affects the families of the main characters of the film: Helena's family and Sunai and Safi's family. Sunai, a woman in his nearly 40 years old, says at the end of the film that she can't be happy. And she can't because everyday she wakes up thinking: How will manage to feed my children today? Her dream is to wake up one day without this kind of worries in mind. The main idea that axes the film is the hard daily life of these families, their everyday fight to survive.

    vimeo Cuma qui bu na mansi?

    17.30h – 18.45h: Waalo Waalo, Directed by Ricardo Silva and Ricardo Falcão (Portugal, 2009). 75’.

    Filmed in 2008 and built up during 2009, Waalo Waalo set its lenses on the region of Sahel, in the North of Senegal, about the daily life of a village nearby an important lake, Lac de Guiers, where issues related to the access to potable water as well as some questions related to migratory processes are raised. The name Waalo Waalo symbolizes the people that inhabit this area, which before colonial times was the kingdom of Waalo, a name that has endured despite the disintegration of the social structures.

    vimeo Waalo Waalo

    19.30h – 22.00h: Bab Sebta, Directed by Frederico Lobo and Pedro Pinho (Portugal, 2008) 110’.

    Documentary film directed by F. Lobo and P. Pinho, and produced by Luisa Homem, awarded at FID Marseille (France, 2008), at DocLisboa (Portugal, 2008) and at ForumDoc Belo Horizonte (Brasil, 2009). “Bab Sebta” means in Arabic the door of Ceuta and it is the narrow passage in the frontier between Morocco and Ceuta. This is the last obstacle for those who come from all over Africa to arrive to Europe. The film visits four cities, looking for the rituals of the awaiting and the voices of those travelers.

    vimeo Bab Sebta



    Registrations are held in the permanent secretariat of the congress.

    Time Schedule

    Phase 1: May 10 to July 14 - early-bird registration at reduced rate

    Phase 2: July 15 to August 20 – participation fee rises 30,00€

    Late registration: after August 20 – participation fee rises 60,00€

    Registration Fees

    Except for the cases where participation is free of charge, the registration process will be completed only after proof of payment. Therefore, the following phases and their values are valid for the moment when payment is made.

    Type of registration Phase 1 Phase 2 Late
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    B - Speaker 50,00€ 80,00€ 110,00€
    C - African students/researchers 35,00€ 35,00€ 35,00€
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    ATTENTION – while completing your registration, please have in mind the following:

    1. Registration fee includes:

      • lunches for the 3 days of the Congress
      • bag with CIEA7’s materials

      In case you have any food restriction, please inform us through this address: vii.congresso.estudos.africanos@gmail.com.

    2. Panel convenors’ participation is free of charge. Despite this, they have to complete all the registration procedures.

    3. Participants with accepted paper (speakers):

      • Non-African and non-student, category B;
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    4. Participants presently following undergraduate or post-graduate programmes, are entitled to a discount for students whether or not presenting a paper (category D).

    5. In case of multiple participation:

      • Convenors also presenting papers and/or convening two panels are free of charge. In the registration page, please indicate all types of participation;
      • Speakers presenting papers in two sessions only pay one registry fee. In the registration form, please indicate both panels.

    6. Participants not presenting a paper (audience) fit either category C, D or E.


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    Tel.: +351 213194000
    E-mail: reservas@hotelembaixador.com

    Obs.: booking by e-mail, referring to participation in the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies. Payment is direct to the hotel and bookings are guaranteed with a credit card.

    Subway/Metro “Marquês de Pombal”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”

    Radisson Blu Hotel Lisboa


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €85,00/room/night (breakfast included)
    Double: €95,00/room/night (breakfast included)

    Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes 390, 1749-009 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 210046046
    E-mail: csilva@grupo-continental.com, clara@grupo-continental.com, susanafigueiredo@continentalhotels.eu

    Obs.: booking by e-mail, referring to participation in the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies. A form will be provided; after completed, it should be sent to the hotel sales department. A credit card number will also be requested, as guarantee.

    About 25 minutes on foot.
    Subway/Metro “Campo Grande”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”

    ****Hotel Lutécia


    Capacity: depending on availability

    City Single BB: €60,00/room/night (breakfast included)
    City Double BB: €70,00/room/night (breakfast included)
    Extra bed: €30,00

    Avenida Frei Miguel Contreiras, n.52, 1749-086 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 218411300
    E-mail: sales@luteciahotel.com


    • Bookings must be made online: www.luteciahotel.com
    • In the field “Bookings”, please choose the day of arrival and the number of nights (special rate is offered to 9/10 September)
    • In the field “IATA”, introduce the special code created for the Congress: CIEA72010
    • Complete the booking.

    About 30 minutes on foot.
    Subway/Metro “Roma”, green line till “Alameda”; at “Alameda” switch to red line till “Saldanha”; at “Saldanha” switch to yellow line and exit at “Entrecampos”.

    América Diamond’s Hotel


    Capacity: Hotel is full for the Congress days

    Single: €60,00/room/night (breakfast included)
    Double: €70,00/room/night (breakfast included)

    Rua Tomás Ribeiro 47, 1050-226 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 213521177
    E-mail: comercial@americadiamondshotel.com

    Obs.: bookings by e-mail, providing the reference “ISCTE TARIFF” and a number of a valid credit card, as guarantee.

    Subway/Metro “Picoas”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    Group VIP Hotels


    Bookings must be maid by e-mail, providing the following information:

    ****VIP Executive Villa Rica


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €80,00 (breakfast included)
    Double/twin: €90,00 (breakfast included)

    Avenida 5 de Outubro, 295, 1600-035 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 210043000
    E-mail: hotelvillarica@viphotels.com

    About 10 minutes on foot.

    ****VIP Executive Madrid


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €60,00 (breakfast included)
    Double/twin: €70,00 (breakfast included)

    Rua Conde Redondo, 24, 1150-106 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 213191760
    E-mail: hotelmadrid@viphotels.com

    Subway/Metro “Marquês de Pombal”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    ****VIP Executive Diplomático


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €72,00 (breakfast included)
    Double/twin: €79,00 (breakfast included)

    Rua Castilho, nº74, 1250-071 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 213839020
    E-mail: hoteldiplomatico@viphotels.com

    Subway/Metro “Marquês de Pombal”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    ***Hotel VIP Executive Zurique


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €65,00 (breakfast included)
    Double/twin: €70,00 (breakfast included)

    Rua Ivone Silva, nº18, 1050-124 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 217814000

    About 20 minutes on foot.

    ****Aparthotel VIP Executive Suites do Marquês


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Studio (single): €63,00 (breakfast included)
    Studio (double/twin): €73,00 (breakfast included)

    Av. Duque de Loulé, 45, 1050-086 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 213510480
    E-mail: suitesdomarques@viphotels.com

    Subway/Metro “Marquês de Pombal”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    ***VIP Executive Barcelona


    Capacity: depending on availability

    Single: €70,00 (breakfast included)
    Double/twin: €78,50 (breakfast included)

    Rua Laura Alves, 10, 1050-138 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 217954273
    E-mail: hotelbarcelona@viphotels.com

    About 20 minutes on foot.
    Subway/Metro “Campo Pequeno”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.


    Lisbon is well known for its high quality hostels, which have been awarded several international prizes. Before you book your bed/room, please note that guests usually have to share bedrooms (dorms) and bathrooms. Once again, please reserve by August.

    Shiado Hostel


    Rates: 21,00€ to 60,00€ plus 10% discount offered to participants
    Capacity: 36 beds
    Rua Anchieta 5 – 3, 1200-023 Lisbon
    Tel +351 213429227

    Obs.: bookings have to be made online. In order to get the discount, write the following inside the field available for introducing observations: “7º Congresso Ibérico de Estudos Africanos – 10 % desconto”.

    Subway/Metro “Baixa-Chiado”, blue line to “Marquês de Pombal”; at “Marquês de Pombal” switch to yellow line and exit at “Entrecampos”.

    Alfama Pátio Hostel


    Rates: €17,00/person/night
    Capacity: 40-45 beds

    Escolas Gerais, 3, Pátio dos Quintalinhos 1, 1100-213 Lisbon
    tel/fax 00351 21 888 3127

    Obs.: booking by e-mail, referring to participation in the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies (CIEA7), in order to check for available rooms. Credit card data will be asked to pay 10% at booking (remaining 90% will be paid at arrival).

    Subway/Metro “Santa Apolónia”, blue line to “Marquês de Pombal”; at “Marquês de Pombal” switch to yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    Lisboa Central Hostel


    Rates: €21,00 to €30,00 plus 10% discount offered to participants
    Capacity: 26 beds

    Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, nº160, 2810-206 Lisboa
    tel/fax +351 309 881 038

    Obs.: booking by e-mail, referring to participation in the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies (CIEA7), in order to check for available rooms.

    Subway/Metro “Marquês de Pombal”, yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”.

    Lisbon Calling Hostel


    Rates: €18 for participants (valid on 1-31 September)
    Capacity: 24 beds

    Rua de São Paulo nº 126, 3ºdireito, 1200 Lisboa
    tel +351 213432381

    Obs.: booking by e-mail, referring to participation in the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies (CIEA7), in order to check for available rooms.

    Subway/Metro “Cais do Sodré”, green line to “Campo Grande”; at “Campo Grande” switch to yellow line – exit at “Entrecampos”


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    Practical Information


    The 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies will be held at the facilities of Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa from Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE/IUL). Locate ISCTE-IUL on Google Maps. The event will mainly happen in Building II, which is also accessible to those with reduced mobility, being fully equipped with lifts, access ramps and appropriate bathrooms.

    How to get there – public transportation

    Located at Lisbon’s University campus, ISCTE/IUL is well served by public transportation: Subway (Metro - Entrecampos exit), Buses (Carris – number 54, 701 or 732), Train (CP and Fertagus – Entrecampos railway station).

    For an easier use of these public transports, it is possible to get a “7 Colinas”, “Viva Viagem” or “Lisboa Viva” card choosing the Zapping modality (which is valid for services provided by Carris, Metro and Transtejo/Soflusa), charged with a minimum of 2€ (average of 0,85€ per trip).

    For those who have chosen the suggested hotels, we recommend to get here by Metro or even by foot, taking between 10 to 30 minutes to arrive at the venue.

    Team CIEA7

    In case you need assistance, please ask to one of the organization members or to one of our volunteers (identified by their white T-shirt, with the Congress logo). You can also look up for assistance at the secretarial of CIEA7, located in the lobby of the first floor, Building II.

    Computers & Internet

    The organization has made available free access to computers and Internet at room D103, equipped with 20 desktops with Internet, but without wireless. Delegates must ask a volunteer to access this room.


    In the 2nd floor of Building II, you can find an ATM from which you may withdraw cash.


    To make a phone call you should go to “Ala Autónoma” (autonomous wing), wich is another building accessible through the 2nd floor of Building II. There, you can ask for further indications at the reception desk.

    First Aid

    There will be a first aid kit at the reception of the first floor, next to the permanent secretarial. All security staff of ISCTE-IUL is trained to provide first aid.


    Locate the venue on Google Maps.


    The 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies will be held at the facilities of Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa from Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE/IUL). The event will happen in Edifício II from this Institute, also accessible to people with reduced mobility, being equipped with lifts, access ramps and appropriate bathrooms.

    How to arrive

    CIEA7 will be held at the facilities of ISCTE/IUL – Lisbon University Institute located in the Lisbon University campus. This place is served by good public transportation infrastructure:

    For an easier use of these public transports, it is possible to get a “7 Colinas”, “Viva Viagem” or “Lisboa Viva” card choosing the Zapping modality (it can be used in Carris, Metro and Transtejo/Soflusa in the same time) with a minimum of 2€ that will be charged in each trip (an average of 0,85€/ trip).

    For those who are staying in the suggested hotels we recommend the use of Metro or even by foot, taking between 10 to 30 minutes to arrive.

    By car

    For those who are coming from Spain through A6 (Caia - Marateca), shall follow road A2. Afterwards, follow the IP7, “Eixo Norte-Sul”, and exit in direction to Entrecampos/Areeiro and go by “Avenida das Forças Armadas”.

    For those coming through A1 (Porto - Lisboa), follow E01, in direction to E80/Lisboa, until the exit “Eixo-Norte Sul”, converging with the IP7. Exit in direction to Entrecampos, and go by “Avenida das Forças Armadas”.

    Exiting Lisbon’s airport (Aeroporto da Portela), go through the ramp E01 to IC19/2º Circular. Afterwards, converge with “Eixo-Norte Sul/IP7”. Exit in direction to Entrecampos/Areeiro and follow “Avenida das Forças Armadas”.

    All parking in Lisbon is paid and the area nearby the congress venue is filled with parking meters. The Organizing Committee suggests to those arriving by car to use the parking of the university campus, behind ISCTE-IUL, or the parking at “Avenida Álvaro Pais” (PDF).

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    The Organising Committee of the 7th Iberian Congress of African Studies offers you several opportunities to enhance the visibility of your institution and its products, towards delegates from all over the world who are brought together to share the very latest work in the area of African Studies.

    Inserts in delegate bags up to 4 pages
    200,00€ + VAT
    Inserts in delegate bags up to 25 pages
    350,00€ + VAT
    Advertising in the final programme (½ page)
    300,00€ + VAT
    Advertising in the final programme (full page)
    450,00€ + VAT
    Stand (roll up+table) 0,35/1,25 meters 1.000,00€ + VAT
    Stand (roll up+table) 2,10/1,50 meters 2.500,00€ + VAT
    Stand (roll up+table) 3,00/2,50 meters 5.000,00€ + VAT

    All sponsors with stand will have their logo included on the website, the program of the Congress and other promotional materials.

    Rates are in Euros, per unit/service and include the service described. Rates do not include services as final arts, transport, shipping, custom handling or any other expense not mentioned.

    For other sponsorship opportunities, please contact the CIEA7 secretariat on: vii.congresso.estudos.africanos@gmail.com


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    Av. das Forças Armadas
    Edifício ISCTE, Sala 2N17
    1649-026 Lisboa - Portugal

    Tel: +351 217 903 067
    Fax: +351 217 955 361
    URL: http://cea.iscte.pt
    Email: cea@iscte.pt

    Any issue related to Congress should be treated with the Secretary at this address: vii.congresso.estudos.africanos@gmail.com