Áudio150 – Programa RR – Insónia, Com Sónia Santos, sobre a Afrolis

No programa de hoje não vou ser eu a fazer perguntas, vou ser antes a entrevistada. Vamos repor uma parte do programa de dia 14 de março de 2017, da Rádio Renascença – Insónia com Sónia Santos – em que fui convidada para falar sobre a Afrolis, audioblogue e associação, e achei por bem partilhar convosco. Não estranhem as referências temporais, como  “boa noite”, já que este programa costuma passar entre a meia-noite e a uma da manha na Radio Renascença.  Vamos ouvir!

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Door of No Return: Climate Change and Maison des Esclaves

Door of No Return: Climate Change and Maison des Esclaves

While leaders around the globe cast doubt on climate change, the effects of global warming and rising sea levels are taking an increasingly human face. From the outskirts of Santiago, Chile – where farmers must contend with the effects of urbanization – a struggle Coalition member Memorial Paine documents and resists – to Japan, where another member, CORE, works to raise awareness of the consequences of radiation exposure, the human stories show us that environmental issues are directly tied to human rights.

Africa has been disproportionately affected by climate change. Although the continent produces only a small amount of the world’s greenhouse gasses, according to a 2014 report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Africa’s land temperature is likely to rise faster than the global land average, with extensive areas of Africa exceeding a 2°C rise by the last two decades of this century relative to the late 20th century mean annual temperature. The effects of this trend on Africans are already evident, with millions throughout the continent malnourished and displaced by droughts and flooding.

Africa also offers evidence of the consequences climate change has on historic sites and the people they serve. Founding Coalition member Maison des Esclaves, located on Gorée Island in Senegal – the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Africa – is one testament to this.

Built around 1776, Maison des Esclaves is a striking red house that overlooks the port of Dakar on the Atlantic Ocean and shares the history and narratives of the vast transatlantic slave trade. Since established as a museum in 1962, it has told personal stories of a private home and the role of its owners in both local business and the slave trade. It is currently undergoing a major revitalization – overseen by the Coalition with the support of the Senegalese Government and the Ford Foundation – that will ensure its potential to serve as a repository of knowledge and a catalyst for dialogue on contemporary forms of slavery. Its signature feature, the “Door of No Return,” which leads from the house directly to the Atlantic Ocean, stands as a powerful symbol of the brutality and pervasiveness of the slave trade past and present.

Yet coastal erosion on Gorée Island is a persistent threat to the site’s physical structure and livelihood. In particular, rising sea levels are escalating the deterioration of the seawall around parts of the island, putting Maison des Esclaves at grave risk – as are other historic sites along the water, including a mosque on the island’s west coast which Augustin Senghor, the mayor of Gorée Island, recently told Seneweb could find itself “at the bottom of the sea.”

The situation puts at risk not only physical structures and residents of the island, but the island’s economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism. “Increasingly areas are closed for visitors as they become dangerous and there is not [a sufficient] budget to repair and rehabilitate them,” explained Guiomar Alonso Cano, Regional Advisor for Culture at UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar, in a recent interview with the Coalition.

The situation on Gorée Island presents a serious challenge to historic preservationists – one that is increasingly shared with their colleagues around the world. In the United States, because of rising sea levels and acidic soil, archeologists working at Jamestown in Virginia – the first permanent English settlement in the Americas – are rushing to uncover sections of Jamestown Island, a site adjacent to the historic town, that are still buried. “As we are looking forward to [mid-century], there will be significant areas of Jamestown Island under water,” historian Dr. James Horn told The Guardian in 2015. “There’s always a race against time, but there’s a greater urgency in the case of Jamestown because of climate change.”

What is at stake is history itself, and the tangible, irreplaceable experiences that Sites of Conscience offer visitors. As Eloi Coly, the Site Manager and Curator of Maison des Esclaves, told the Coalition, “Increasingly severe storms, a result of climate change, could, if unchecked, threaten the physical existence of Maison des Esclaves.”

Coly noted that the revitalization effort currently underway at Maison des Esclaves will approach the effects of climate change on the site in an integrated and robust manner. As for Gorée Island more generally, preservationists are advocating for stronger protective walls around the island and long-term strategies to halt erosion. “Gorée Island celebrates the 40th anniversary [of its UNESCO World Heritage standing] in 2018,” Alonso said. “Together with national authorities, UNESCO is planning to launch a major international campaign to 1) fight coastal erosion in the area and 2) rehabilitate emblematic buildings on the property which are seriously deteriorated…The challenge is important and systematic solutions need to be found.”

A floresta: sobre o conhecimento eco(i)lógico

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Por João Afonso Baptista

Ao fim de quase duas semanas a residir numa aldeia em Angola afastada do asfalto, do cimento e das redes móveis, resolvi ir beber um café ao sítio mais próximo. O desejo pela cafeína que não havia ali surgiu-me quando matabichava com outras quatro pessoas. Anunciei-lhes a minha viagem para a manhã seguinte. “Então tens de dar boleia ao Senhor Administrador,” avisou-me o soba, “se não ele leva a mal.”

O Administrador era novo na aldeia. Homem magro, alto, com ar de cidade, claramente desajustado à vida que ali se vivia. Ele tinha sido transferido para este povoado há pouco mais de um mês.  Motivo (oficial) da sua colocação: administrar 27 aldeias dispersas “na mata”. A sede, como chamavam à casa do Administrador, construída pelo governo angolano no ponto mais elevado da povoação, situava-se junto à aldeia onde eu estava. “Estou muito oprimido aqui,” costumava…

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Naomi Klein: Viciados no risco

“Dias antes desta palestra, a jornalista Naomi Klein estava num barco no Golfo do México, a ver os catastróficos resultados da arriscada busca de petróleo pela BP (British Petroleum). As nossas sociedades têm-se tornado viciadas no risco extremo na procura de nova energia, novos instrumentos financeiros e mais… e, com demasiada frequência, fica-nos a tarefa de limpar os estragos. Klein pergunta: Qual é o plano B?”


In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, millions of litres of oil have gushed out of BP’s well into the water each day, slowly encroaching on the coastline. Fault Lines’ Avi Lewis travels to the drill zone, and learns about the erosion in the wetlands from industry canals and pipelines, the health problems blamed on contaminated air and water from petrochemical refineries.

People and organizations in this film include: Avi Lewis, Aaron Viles, Larry…

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Curso Museus Colaborativos?!

COREM 2a. Região

Estão abertas as inscrições para o curso Museus Colaborativos?! ministrado por Talita de Castro Miranda no dia 06 de abril de 2017, das 18:30 às 21:30.


A finalidade do curso é trabalhar o conceito de colaboração na esfera museológica. Colaboração, participação, co-criação, são termos cada vez mais usados nos museus, mas o que é um processo colaborativo, quais são suas possibilidades de aplicação em museus tradicionais? Essas são algumas das perguntas que este curso pretende trabalhar.

Principais tópicos abordados:

  • Colaboração: conceitos, práticas e modelos
  • Relação com as bases legais da museologia
  • Possibilidades de implementação

Público-alvo:  estudantes e profissionais de museus

Metodologia: aula expositiva dialogada

Carga horária: 3h

Data: 06/04

Horário: 18:30 – 21:30h

Local: Sede do COREM 2ª. Região.  Rua Álvaro Alvim, 48/ sala 403  – Centro –Rio de Janeiro

Vagas limitadas:…

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Áudio 148 – Campanha “Por outra lei da nacionalidade”

Associações e coletivos como o Consciência Negra, Moinho da Juventude, Solidariedade Imigrante e Olho Vivo  estão a organizar e falam sobre o evento cultural “Por Outra Lei da Nacionalidade”, a realizar-se no dia 18 de março, entre as 15h e as 20h no Largo de S. Domingos, no Rossio. Dança, teatro, capoeira e intervenções marcarão o evento que visa dar visibilidade às injustiças para com os/as filhos/as de imigrantes nascidos em território nacional ,que não são reconhecidos como portugueses em seu próprio país. A palavra de ordem: QUEM NASCE EM PORTUGAL É PORTUGUÊS, PONTO FINAL !!!

Para apoiar esta causa assinem a petição online  AQUI ou em papel no dia 18 de março, no Largo de S. Domingos!

Nós, da Afrolis, já assinámos!

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