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30 September
A dialogue between Roger Sansi, Catarina Simão, Víctor Barros, Ana Cristina Pereira, Inês Beleza Barreiros and Lee Douglas

Restitution: Or, how (to begin) to repair a broken world

Free entry

30 September

30 September
Thursday 6.30PM

Streaming available on social media and

Price Free entry (limited to the capacity) upon prior survey of a ticket (maximum 2 per person) at the ticket office on the same day from 3PM
Sala Manuela Porto
Length 2h

Organised by Lee Douglas and Inês Beleza Barreiros

Funded by TRACTS Network (CA20134), pelo projeto “Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories”, com o apoio do programa de investigação e inovação da União Europeia Marie Sklowdowska-Curie (No. 895197) e pelo Instituto de História Contemporânea Instituto, fiinanciado pela Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia, I. P. (UIDB/04209/2020 e UIDP/04209/2020)

Image “Mapa Afectivo de Trafaria” de Helena Elias, Lisboa – Portugal, 2022

Roger Sansi Roca is a sociocultural anthropologist and senior lecturer at the University of Barcelona. He is the author of Art, Anthropology and the Gift; The Anthropologist as Curator; and Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian Art & Culture in the 20th Century.

Catarina Simão is an artist and researcher who lives and works between Maputo and Lisbon. Her practice is built upon long-term research projects that entail collaborative partnerships and different forms of presentation to the public. Since 2009, she has worked with the notion of Archive, engaging especially with Mozambique colonial and anti-colonial history. She co-directed a Mozambique TV film called Djambo in 2016 and in 2019 she co-organized together with Oficina de História (Mozambique) the 1st Seminar on Restitution of art and artefacts to Mozambique (CCFM, May 2019).

Emanuel Matondo is a journalist and activist, currently based in Germany.  In 1998, he co-founded the Angolan Anti-Militarism Initiative for Human Rights (IAADH) where his responsibilities include research and public relations, lobbying, advocacy, and actions to promote peace.



Inês Beleza Barreiros is a visual archaeologist. Her research interests are located at the intersection of visual culture, memory studies and decolonial theory-praxis and their articulation within the history of the Portuguese empire, in particular its contemporary modes of existence. She also holds a special interest in indigenous cosmogonies, animal studies, and trees.She received a Ph.D. in Media, Culture and Communication Studies at New York University.


Lee Douglas is a filmmaker, curator, and visual anthropologist who work considers the intersections of history, memory, and visuality in contexts marked by violence, absence, and radical political change. She currently directs the research project “Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories”, funded with Marie Sklowdowska Curie Individual Fellowship.

The colonial project used violence, both overtly and covertly, to reorganize and control social life. Violence was exerted on and through bodies, but also on and through objects. This public dialogue brings together scholars, artists, and activists grappling with collective calls for restitution, for the return of art objects, and for public recognition of these histories of extraction. Drawing on multiple case studies and experiences, the participants will discuss different approaches to restitution and consider how these projects take form in Southern Europe, where histories of empire and dictatorship overlap.


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