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Debate “Colonial Propaganda: How to show and what to question?”

As part of the exhibition ‘Panorama of the Congo. Unrolling the past with virtual reality”, the National Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting Matthew G. Stanard, historian and specialist in colonial propaganda, for a conference followed by a debate: “Colonial propaganda: how to show it and what to question?”

Paul Mathieu and Alfred Bastien’s Panorama of the Congo (1913) is a good example of 20th century colonial propaganda. It was produced to convince the Belgians to colonise and invest in the Congo, promoting a positive image of the colony and without signs of the violence that was denounced in European newspapers. Because it was a controversial image, it was kept in storage for almost a century. Its current exhibition at MUHNAC raises questions and a debate that extends to other propaganda images still in storage, particularly in Portugal.

These questions will be addressed by historian Matthew G. Stanard (Berry College, Georgia, USA), a specialist in European colonial propaganda, and debated by historian Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (Univ. Coimbra), as well as by exhibition curators Victor Flores (Univ. Lusófona) and Linda King (IADT, Dublin).

Conference with:
Matthew G. Stanard, historian

Debate with:
Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, historian
Victor Flores, exhibition curator
Linda King, exhibition curator

Free entry
(entrance at nr.58 – palmeiras)