Histórias de uma vida: o que se narra, o que se esquece, o que não se pode contar

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Comunicação no Seminário permanente Narrativa e Medicina, organizado pelo projecto de investigação SHARE - Saúde e Humanidades em Rede. A sessão teve lugar na Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Life stories lye upon choices of material and upon criteria that allow a distinction between a) what is and what is not relevant to tell, b) what can and what cannot be told. These distinctions are not only the result of volunteer choices, grounded on value and conscious criteria, they can also be involuntary and unconscious, resulting from forgetfulness.
We can thus formulate a series of questions that concern the silent reverse of life stories: Why do we forget? What do we forget? Does forgetfulness have an importance for life and for self-preservation? Are there any values that make forgetfulness a need, a right or even a duty that might be stronger than the will for memory and for truth? Or is forgetfulness only due to games of forces (both inter-psychic and social) that cause the loss of memory and impede the telling of life stories?
In this conference, I addressed these questions anew taking into account the works of P. Ricœur and M. Henry and their readings of Nietzsche and Freud.
Period31 May 2017
Held atCentro de Estudos Linguisticos da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Life Stories
  • Memory
  • Forgetfullness
  • Affectivity
  • Narrativity