POSTPONED: CRG Seminar: Forced displacement, silencing and the multiple faces of violence in Mozambique

Due to visa issues Dr Chambe is unfortunately unable to give his lecture on 11 April. An alternative date will be communicated to all registrees via email.
How are past conflicts still present in Mozambican history and politics? How do villagers react when their communities are invaded by violent groups? Leave everything to look for other safe lands? From the war against Portuguese colonialism (1964-1974), through the post-independence war (1977-1992), the peace processes, democratisation and its implications in the generation of other forms of internal conflicts up to the recent armed upheaval in the far north from Cabo Delgado, they placed the displacement forced and silencing in an inseparable relationship for different communities that experienced different forms of violence and in different contexts. In this seminar, Dr Zacarias Milisse Chambe intends to address the narratives about the war that began on October 5 2017, in the District of Mocimboa da Praia, on the extreme coast of the province of Cabo Delgado, north Mozambique, by a group of radical guerrillas known locally as mashababe. Since then, from isolated attacks in remote villages, the violence spread to more districts in the region, with kidnappings of civilians, looting of barns and houses, thus imposing forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, in addition to an inestimable number of dead and missing people. Combining history and ethnographic work carried out since 2018 at the War Displaced Persons Center in Nacaca south of Cabo Delgado, where thousands of displaced people took refuge, Dr Chambe will talk about how through the forms of displacement in which populations from different villages intersect in the exercise of memory, in wanting to tell what experiences of trauma that are created by forms of silencing imposed by different actors passing through their new spaces of refuge.

Dr Corinna Jentzsch (Leiden University) will serve as discussant and Dr Lidewyde Berckmoes (ASCL) as chair.

This event is open to the public. Register for this event by sending an email to Dr Corinna Jentzsch.
This seminar is organised by the Collaborative Research Group 'Conflict Continuities'.

Zacarias Chambe is a Mozambican Assistant Professor of Anthropology of Contemporary Violence at Rovuma University in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. He has a PhD in Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. He carries out post-doctoral studies on state and violence in contemporary Africa at the School of Philosophy, Letters, and Human Sciences at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, Northern Ireland. His research interests include questions about war and memory, forced displacement against peasant communities in large mining areas, and paradoxical notions about rural development. He is currently developing research on forced displacement in the Cabo Delgado war. In addition to Mozambique, he carried out fieldwork in the mining areas of Mbeya (Tanzania) and Macapá (Brazil).

Date, time and location

11 April 2024
15.30 - 17.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 0.B23