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New book: Mozambique on the Move

Professor Bjørn Enge Bertelsen at the Department of Social Anthropology is co-editor on a newly published book. "Mozambique on the move" is a multi-disciplinary exploration of Mozambique’s contemporary and historical dynamics, bringing together scholars from across the globe.

Frontcover Mozambique on the move
Front cover image of Mozambique on the move.
Sérgio Santimano


Focusing on the country’s vibrant cultural, political, economic and social world – including the transition from the colonial to the postcolonial era – the book argues that Mozambique is a country still emergent, still unfolding, still on the move. 

Drawing on the disciplines of history, literature studies, anthropology, political science, economy and art history, the book serves not only as a generous introduction to Mozambique but also as a case study of a southern African country. 


Preface Sheila Pereira Khan, Maria Paula Meneses and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

List of Contributors

Introduction – Situating Mozambican Histories, Epistemologies, and Potentialities
Maria Paula Meneses, Sheila Pereira Khan and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

1 ‘No passado o futuro era melhor?’: Mozambique’s Democracy in Question
Anna Maria Gentili

2 Mirrors and Contrasts: Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans in Manica, Mozambique
Randi Kaarhus

3 From Celebrating Female Emancipation to Emplacing Emperor Ngungunyane: Remoulding the Past in Mozambican National Narratology
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

4 Urban Transformation, Family Strategies and Home Space Creation in the City of Maputo
Ana Bérnard da Costa

5 A Possible Triangle: Employment, Aid, and Mineral Wealth
Lia Quartapelle

6 (Re)configurations of Identity: Memory and Creation in the Narrative of Mia Couto
Ana Margarida Fonseca

7 Dialogues with the Past and with the Future: Ualalapi and Jesusalém
Anne Sletsjøe

8 Racial, Cultural and Emotional Crossing Paths: Mia Couto’s Hopeful Pessimism in Terra Sonâmbula and O Outro Pé da Sereia
Leonor Simas-Almeida and Sandra Sousa

9 Mozambican Capulanas: Tracing Histories and Memories
Signe Arnfred and Maria Paula Meneses

10 Healing the Pain of War through Art: Mozambique’s Grassroots Approach to Post-Conflict Resolution – Transformação de Armas em Enxadas
Amy Schwartzott

11 ‘Taking Ownership’: The Brazilian Pentecostal Project to Change Mozambique
Linda van de Kamp

12 Singing Struggles, Affirming Politics: Mozambique’s Revolutionary Songs as Other Ways of Being (in) History
Maria Paula Meneses

13 Scientific Research and Epistemological Violence
José Luis Cabaço