Centenary relations between Filipinos and Portuguese, Fernão de Magalhães, Lapu Lapu, and canned sardines.
Why are the Philippines an unknown country for the Portuguese today? This was the starting point for the interview with Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto, an integrated researcher at CHAM - Centre for the Humanities, in a conversation about the historical relations between the Philippines and Portugal. Paulo Pinto talks about the reciprocal image of these two countries, the figures of Fernão de Magalhães and Lapu Lapu, the confrontation between imaginary memory and real memory, the celebrations of Magalhães and El Cano's voyage, the role of historians in strengthening the relations between Portuguese and Filipinos, ongoing academic projects...and the Mabuti sardines, produced in Matosinhos and the favorites of Filipinos.
Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto is the coordinator of the project "Portugal - The Philippines: Connected Histories." He has a PhD in Historical Sciences (Portuguese Catholic University) with a thesis entitled "At the Extreme of the Round Sphere: Luso-Castilian Relations in Asia, 1565-1640. An Essay on the Iberian Empires." Between 2012 and 2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow at FCT with the project "Conflict and Collaboration - Presences and Representations of Overseas Chinese in Ibero-Asian Societies (16th-19th centuries)." His areas of study and research are Southeast Asia, European presence in Asia (16th-18th centuries), and the Iberian overseas empires.
In the next episode, Teresa Nobre de Carvalho talks about the new botanical knowledge from the 16th century, the different ways of studying plants in Asia, America, and Europe, and the circulation of pineapple in several continents.
The interview is conducted by Teresa Lacerda.
Isabel Araújo Branco (CHAM)
CHAM / NOVA FCSH