Friday , 22 March 2019
‘Understanding writings of Goans challenging imperial order’ – Angela

‘Understanding writings of Goans challenging imperial order’ – Angela

Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Angela Barreto Xavier will deliver a lecture on topic ‘Writing the politics of empire from Goa: Goans of Indian origin’ today at Museum Of Goa, Pilerne. In conversation with NT BUZZ Angela gives an insight into the topic


Though Goa was liberated from the Portuguese 450 years ago, the historical elements and teachings have kept both the places connected even today. Having studied and researched on topics such as history of political ideas, cultural history of early-modern empires, problems related to political culture, visual culture, and cultural geopolitics; Angela Barreto Xavier from Lisbon will deliver a lecture that will deal mainly with writings of Goans, especially those that are meant to challenge the imperial order.

She says that the writings are related to petitions made by Goans to the Portuguese king, asking for mercies, offices and other benefits. The session will also focus on how these writings were meant to ameliorate the position of certain social groups, to solve local problems.

The writings were mainly by local elites and not by the ones who were born out of mixed marriages, for example (as are other type of ‘Goans’) some were converted to Christianity, but others were not. “My interest lies in identifying their writing strategies, the purposes they followed, and to understand how these writings contributed either to reinforce the existing political order, or to change and erode it,” adds Angela.

She holds a PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute, a master’s degree in Political and Cultural History from the New University of Lisbon, and a degree in History and Art History from the New University of Lisbon.

As a single author she has published two books ‘El-rey aonde póde e não aonde quer (Lisbon: Colibri, 1998)’ and ‘A Invenção de Goa’.

Besides researching and studying she holds interest in literature, astrophysics, and studies of the brain, music, cinema, theatre and travelling.


(The lecture will be held today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Museum of Goa (MOG), Pilerne. Details: 7722089666.)


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