Faith, Nation, Empire

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By JASON KEITH FERNANDES

 

Text of lecture at Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre.

5 November 2018

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It would appear that the title for my presentation today is in sync with a time when there are at least two heads of state in America (and goodness knows where else) whose supporters believe them to be leaders or messiahs sent by God. I have to confess that while I phrased the title provocatively I was also aware that the intellectual position I occupy, one which is critical of liberalism and the operation of liberal democracy and seeks to look for alternatives to it, shares a common origin with the global processes that have led to the emergence of the kind of religiously tinged populism that we are witness to today. I would, of course, like to distinguish myself from these larger movements, while maintaining that what we are witness to is a breakdown of the certainties of liberalism, and with it liberal democracy, and that this breakdown is the result of the queries that were being leveled against liberalism for a long time now.

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Deve Ser Português Quem Nasce em Portugal? A Reforma da Lei da Nacionalidade

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DEBATE: DEVE SER PORTUGUÊS QUEM NASCE EM PORTUGAL? A REFORMA DA LEI DA NACIONALIDADE.
no âmbito de Congresso “MIGRAÇÃO, CIDADANIA, DIREITOS HUMANOS” 27 Nov 2017
organizado pelo
Universidade Nova De Lisboa
Intervencão pelo Jason Keith Fernandes

 

Antes de começar gostaria de agradecer aos organizadores deste evento, e em particular à Professora Cristina Nogueira, pelo o convite para participar neste debate. Enquanto os meus interesses de pesquisa se focam na área da cidadania, estou mais centrado no assunto relacionado com a cidadania dos Goeses especialmente em Goa, uma antiga província de Portugal. Mas, é precisamente com este local, talvez um bocado deslocado que gostaria de contribuir para este debate.

 

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