Organizing institutions

Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar (CHAM) – Portuguese Centre for Global History – is an inter-University research unit of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and of the Universidade dos Açores, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and graded “Excellent” on the last evaluation process of R&D Units (2013-2014). From 2015 to 2020, CHAM’s strategic project will focus on “frontiers”. With a solid core on historical studies, this multi-disciplinary project will consider frontiers as lines that separated, throughout history, a plurality of societies and cultures, but also as social and cultural constructs that promoted communication and interaction. This theme is organized around three structuring topics: the frontier as a spatial divide; the frontier as an intellectual boundary; and the frontier and the constructions of identities. Due to its heterogeneous concept, a frontier is a topic that inevitably demands cross-cultural, comparative surveys, as well as multi-disciplinary approaches. CHAM is particularly suited for such a challenge, since it brings together researchers from a wide range of periods, from Antiquity to the early-modern and modern periods. CHAM’s team also includes experts from various disciplinary fields (Archaeology, Art History, Heritage, Literature, Philosophy and History of ideas), different domains of History (Economic, Cultural, Political, Social, Religious, History of Science and History of books and reading practices) and also History specialists from various geographic spaces.


The Centre for International Studies –  Centro de Estudos Internacionais (CEI-ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) – is based in the research capital and experience of the former Centre for African Studies – Centro de Estudos Africanos (CEA-IUL). CEI-IUL has researchers that work in the fields of social studies, politics and international relations, development studies, economy and management in international contexts. CEI-IUL promotes multidisciplinary research in Social Sciences, having, along with the areas of International Studies and African Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Antropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, Political Economy and General Management. The Centre also collaborates with the Master and Doctoral Programs of ISCTE-IUL, namely the Master and Doctoral Programs in African Studies, the Master in Development Studies, the Master and Doctoral Programs in Political Science, the Doctoral Program in History, Defense and International Relations

The Centre for Comparative Studies’ (CEC-FL, UL), founded in 1998, is based at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Universidade de Lisboa and brings together scholars from different academic and national backgrounds. Recognised for its vibrant, supportive and well-integrated community, CEC obtained    in the most recent evaluation (2014) from the Portuguese Research Agency (FCT) the maximum classification – Exceptional – and was described by the panel as ‘an imaginative, clearly focused centre which achieves an excellent blend of the research, skills and methods employed in an extensive range of social science and humanities disciplines’. CEC’s Strategic Plan comes under the overarching research line ‘comparatism, reflective cosmopolitanism and critical global studies’. Though recognizing that the tendencies that favor inter and transdisciplinary approaches have become common around the world, we continue to pay particular attention to the specific paths and histories that have shaped these tendencies in Portugal and in the countries of Portuguese language, as well as in Europe.

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