The Photographic Impulse: Measuring the Colonies and the Colonial Bodies. The Photographic and Filmic Archive of the Portuguese Geographic and Anthropologic Missions
Coordinator: Maria Teresa Mendes Flores
Start date: 03/09/2018
End date: 02/09/2021
Team: Margarida Medeiros, Fernando Cascais and Maria Teresa Cruz, Victor Flores, Filipa Lowndes Vicente, Teresa Castro, Conceição Casanova , Catarina Mateus.
Photo Impulse is another financed project at ICNova. Teresa Mendes Flores is the Principal Researcher and proponent of the project. The project’s main goal is the study of the photographic albums and the film productions made by the Scientific Missions of Geography and Anthropology, from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1970s. The majority of these images belong to the National Museum of Natural History and Science (NMNHC), of Universidade de Lisboa, a partner with FCSH in this research. The Photographic Impulse: Measuring the Colonies and the Colonial Bodies. The Photographic and Filmic Archive of the Portuguese Geographic and Anthropologic Missions is strongly committed to bringing innovation to cultural heritage research in the field of history and theory of scientific photography and film. It also aims to extend to this field a post colonial critique concerning these visual productions. Goals will be attained by combining the most recent cultural and critic approaches to the historiography of these media and the advantages of information and communication technologies. This alliance will not only enable new heuristic insights into theoretical research about the photographic and filmic collections under study, but also create new opportunities to display them to more and more diverse audiences.