Seizing the emotional infrastructure of the State – lessons to be learned from Portuguese colonial psi-ops (c. 1961)
Centro de Estudos Sociais
Sara Araújo, João Figueiredo

Scholars of the Portuguese empire often claim that Portuguese elites used myths and popular narratives to justify the expansion and maintenance of their Empire. Furthering our understanding of contemporary populism and based on Frédéric Lordon’s Imperium: Structures and Affects of Political Bodies (2022), João figueiredo argues that to understand the mechanics behind populist use of Portuguese colonial heritage, we should be paying attention to the emotional infrastructures of the State, and not to the ‘truth’ content of these myths.


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