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Principal Investigator

Ana Vaz Milheiro


Ana Vaz Milheiro

Partner Institutions:

Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino

FCG – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Moçambique)

UTANGA – Universidade Técnica de Angola (Angola)

funding institution

FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Research Group

Cities and Territories

Late Portuguese Infrastructural Development in Continental Africa (Angola and Mozambique): Critical and Historical Analysis and Postcolonial Assessment





Project goals: 1) the analysis of the infrastructural process from the mapping of 3 specific typologies of colonial Public Works (PW), which will be addressed in the perspective of its archival, documental and cartographic processing, and of its historiographical description_ 2) the identification and critical analysis of the state of these infrastructures (reuse, strengthening or decay), after the 1975 independences. The research is based on the hypothesis that the colonial territorial infrastructure leave resilient marks in the postcolonial built environment, and that this impact should be analyzed in such a way as to support future actions. The Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino owns an essential part of the document collection concerning the colonial PW of the 19th and 20th centuries. The archival processing, cataloguing and description will be a responsibility of the project, making them available to the scientific community.

Outputs & resources

Main event: The International Conference “I Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes. Architectures, Cities, Infrasctrutures”. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, January 16-18, 2019. Organized by Ana Vaz Milheiro and Ana Silva Fernandes.

Exhibition: “Colonizing Africa: Reports on Colonial Public Works in Angola and Mozambique (1875-1975)”, Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino (coord. Ana Vaz Milheiro with Beatriz Serrazina). Lisbon, 17 January -13 April 2019. A cycle of public seminars was organised. Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino, Lisbon, March-April 2019. Coordinated by Ana Canas D. M. and Ana Vaz Milheiro.

Special Session: “Filmes e infraestruturas coloniais. Visualização de material de arquivo da RTP e debate”, organized by Alexandra Areia and Ana Fernandes with Ana Vaz Milheiro, Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, Câmara Municipal do Porto, Porto, June 24, 2018.

Closing Seminar: “Infraestruturas em Angola e Moçambique: Legados, Desafios, Futuros”, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, November 14, 2019. Organized by Ana Vaz Milheiro and Ana Silva Fernandes.

Several oral presentations in conferences, peer review articles and book chapters.

Five fieldtrips to Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.

1 PhD and 2 Master Thesis.


D'C-IUL Team:

Alexandra Areia, Ana Silva Fernandes, Ana Vaz Milheiro, José Luís Saldanha, Mónica Pacheco, Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Rogério Vieira de Almeida.

External Team:

Ana Canas D.M., António Deus, Elisiário Miranda, Beatriz Serrazina, Filipa Fiúza, Hélder Pereira (cons.), Jessica Lage, Johan Lagae (cons.), João Santos Vieira, Jorge Figueira, José Quinhones (cons.), Juliana Guedes, Luís Lage, Maria Manuela Portugal, Paul Jenkins (cons.), Peter Scriver (cons.).


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