The panel will be dedicated to the contribution of colonial press to democratic thought, namely to the establishment of boundaries and widening of democratic principles and cultures. In appreciating presentation proposals both case studies and comparative approaches will be welcomed.
It is recognized the crucial role of the press in liberal and democratic societies dynamics, in discussing its ideals and in consolidating democratic cultures. The development of contemporary democratic thought was coeval to the constitution of colonial empires. The social and political disparities within the imperial spaces and the awareness of the inherent contradictions, promoted the questioning and refinement of these ideals, in which civilizational and cultural issues gained space. Colonialist and anti-colonialist, nationalist and internationalist, democratic and anti-democratic, reformist and radical thoughts developed within the debates that addressed these contradictions and weighed conflicting interests. Considering this ambience, we propose a panel dedicated to the contribution of colonial press to democratic thought, namely to the establishment of boundaries and widening of democratic principles and cultures. By "colonial press" we understand the periodicals devoted to colonial subjects and the political and cultural press of the colonized. The panel must have three sessions. The convenors will produce presentation proposals and are interested in inviting some experts. Will be welcomed studies on the press : of any Portuguese colony or colonial subjects; comparative of various spaces of the Portuguese empire, attentive to the circulation of ideas and experiences through individuals and periodicals; that assess the impact of the evolution of communication technology in democratization of information and the flow of ideas; that assess the impact of freedom / repression of the press in democratic thought in the colonies ; comparative of colonial press in other empires; of editorial projects promoted by intellectuals from different origins.