Gaia Giuliani

(De)Othering the grammar of the nation. Black and anticolonial counter-publics in Portugal and Italy

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This chapter traces the cartography of post-citizenship and post-colonial counter-publics in Portugal and Italy through a genealogical survey. The contexts of these two European countries are analysed in terms of coloniality and counter-narratives. In both societies, racist and sexist power relations have produced responses to violence and invisibilisation. In Portugal, the legacies of enslavement and colonialism shape the living conditions of Black people and, therefore, Black counter-public spheres. In Italy, the experiences of migrants and refugees, and colonial legacies, are structuring elements of militant counter-publics. In both countries different «new» media forms counteract hegemonic mainstream narratives that mobilise moral panic, strengthen and legitimise exploitation, exclusion, and increase racialised underprivileged people’s exposure to death.


  • postcolonial and Black counter-publics
  • Portugal and Italy
  • coloniality
  • slavery memory
  • border regimes
  • intersectionality


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