Identities and Interculturality, platform of action/research

This ‘platform’ is born as a research project resulting from an intercultural movement promoted by a group of artists, teachers and students, designated as ‘Identidades’ [Identities], in the sense of problematising the relational complexity that is contained by intercultural space.  The ‘intercultural movement IDENTIDADES’ (http://identidades.up.pt/) develops, since 1996, an artistic relationship, extended to Mozambique, Cape Vert, Brazil and Portugal. This movement has entailed the production of workshops, shared training, public art interventions and meetings for reflection and public dissemination of those actions.  From those activities, partnership and complicit relationships were established in institutions like ISArC and ENAV in Maputo, M-EIA in Mindelo, AQCC in Conceição das Crioulas.

The dimension of the problems found in the events produced, regarding the transportation of participants, came to generate the need to organise a space of action/research that corresponds to an extension of the research already produced by its members in the scope of i2ADS.

It is understood, then, that the time has come to institute a ‘research platform’ that sustains the systematic and organised follow-up of the interests in the production of a shared knowledge on the immanent issues of the very action to be developed. This platform will lodge research dynamics ensuing from the interest awakened in working groups, structured in ‘action/research projects’, in ‘research axis’ with diverse dynamics, and in connection with the development of studies that lead to the production of ‘masters dissertations’ and ‘doctoral theses’, conducted in direct contact with the 2CE and 3CE courses of the University of Porto.

  • To understand the epistemological complexity inherent to the setting of ‘intercultural events’, marginal to the colonial sense and to what the Eurocentric hegemonic culture carries;
  • To problematise the historical presence of the continued discrimination processes, as those of gender and race, transported to intercultural action;
  • To problematise the difficulty in incorporating silence in a surrender to deep listening of partners and accomplices of the intercultural movement;
  • To incorporate the comprehension of political demands of the historically discriminated communities and their aspirations;
  • To problematise the indispensable emancipation in the processes of identity construction;
  • To seek to know and incorporate other dynamics and experiential art and thought practices impregnated with a political effort to find authenticity and social clairvoyance from the voices of the South.