Marta Araújo

Marta Araújo

University of Coimbra

MARTA ARAÚJO (PhD, University of London, Institute of Education, 2003) is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES), Portugal. Her research addresses two lines of enquiry: i) public policy, political discourse, and ethno-racial discrimination; ii) history education and knowledge production, focusing on the teaching and the public history of colonialism and enslavement. Dr. Araújo is Vice-President of the Scientific Board at CES, and co-coordinates its PhD program. She was Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism at the University of Helsinki. Currently she is on the Editorial Board of publications in the sociology of 'race' and education in Brazil, Britain, Portugal and the United States. She has been engaged in outreach activities- anti-racist activists, schoolteachers and students, professionals in the cultural sector, and social workers.

Talk Information:

Racism in the ‘Age of Diversity’: Debates on Public and School History in European contexts
October 22, 2022 | 9:00 AM

In recent decades, there has been an increasing public interest and initiatives devoted to the history and memory of European colonial projects, in the context of growing institutional discourse on diversity in Europe. Whilst key inter/national organizations have promoted cultural diversity and research agendas to articulate its value to history, race and the history of enslavement have remained not only contested issues but circumscribed through Eurocentric understandings that continued to render invisible the persistence of institutional racism and to constitute reactions to, and struggles against, racism as the problem. Addressing key debates and issues in history education concerning race, diversity and difference, and focusing mainly on the European and Portuguese contexts, I will illustrate this argument with an analysis of contemporary debates, public initiatives, and history textbooks.

For further reading:

Araújo, M., Nimako, K. (2022). Mobilizing History: Racism, Enslavement and Public Debate in Contemporary Europe. In: Tate, S.A., Gutiérrez Rodríguez, E. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Race and Gender. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 

Araújo, M., Maeso, S.R. The Power of Racism in Academia: Knowledge Production and Political Disputes. In De Sousa Santos, B., & Martins, B. (Eds.). (2021). The Pluriverse of Human Rights: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity: The Diversity of Struggles for Dignity (1st ed.). Routledge.

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