Audio recorder, photos and personal objects of Manuel Viegas Guerreiro “travel” to Lisbon

The exhibition at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon has free access

A Philips mono cassette audio recorder, photographs of Angola and other personal effects. Part of the valuable collection of Manuel Viegas Guerreiro, an ethnologist, anthropologist and pedagogue from the Algarve, is on display until June 9, in the main lobby of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon (FLUL).

One such piece is a Philips mono cassette audio recorder. The model produced between 1969 and 1973 can still be found on eBay. A recorder just like this one appears in the movie “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), from the 007 saga, on the desk of the oil rig. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray) and James Bond (Sean Connery) listen to the greatest marches in the world.

Manuel Viegas Guerreiro (1912-1997) was a secondary school teacher throughout his teaching career and, in the late 60s, a university professor at FLUL.

Among other projects, he founded the Institute of African Studies and the Center for African Studies, both at FLUL, alongside historian Professor Isabel Castro Henriques, who was present at the opening session of this exhibition last Thursday, the 18th.

He was also a mentor and founder of the Center for Portuguese Popular Traditions, which received his name after his death in 1997. It is currently part of the Center for Lusophone and European Literature and Culture (CLEPUL), at the Faculty of Letters.

In a symbolic way, the thought of Viegas Guerreiro and his lines of research return to the corridors of the Faculty of Letters, which he never stopped visiting even after its renovation.

It was at that time that he founded, with Agostinho da Silva and Alexandre Lafayette, the Estudos Gerais Livres, a non-formal, free education, consisting of courses and itinerant conferences on the most varied subjects, aimed at anyone, regardless of academic qualifications, age group or social class.

The exhibition stems from a collaboration between the Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Foundation (FMVG) and the History Center of the University of Lisbon, which hosts the exhibition, recognizing the legacy of Professor Manuel Viegas Guerreiro in African Studies at FLUL.

The itinerant exhibition “Boers de Angola, 1957” was conceived in connection with the seminar “Manuel Viegas Guerreiro: the path and philosophy of a humanist and anthropologist”, organized by the Foundation in September 2021, in Querença, the Algarve village where Viegas Guerreiro was born and where the Foundation is based.

Researchers from CIDEHUS, CLEPUL, the Center for African Studies of the University of Porto, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Frobenius Institute, University of Frankfurt participated in the scientific retreat.

The exhibition at FLUL has free access.



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