Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
In this conference, the moving image is the starting point for an urgent debate around the topic of freedom of
expression. What, until very recently, appeared to be an unquestionable right, is now caught in a battlefield
between extreme right-wing perspectives and political correctness. Important voices have raised the fact that
censorship is again on the rise in the western world; particularly the self-censorship of authors; for, more than
ever, this type of proscription has become tantamount to a survival skill.
Here, a wide variety of topics will be discussed by a diverse panel of international speakers: from colonialism,
the home film archive and the National Fund during the dictatorship years, to the part played by gender in censorship, to the challenges faced by visual artists today (with comparisons between the space of the gallery and
that of the cinema).
Today, forty-five years after state censorship was officially abolished in Portugal, we seem to have gained
enough temporal distance to warrant some objectivity in our historical analysis of what it meant to live under its
rule in Portugal, decade after decade. This conference will bring together a number of key researchers from
France, Portugal and the UK to discuss the topic of censorship in contemporary Portuguese image; a debate
relevant not solely for Portugal but to all of those who understand the pressing relevance it still stubbornly
holds in our present day.