Research Groups // Culture, identities and power

  • Coordination:
    Luís Trindade
  • Objectives:

    Established in 2010 and then titled "Power, Ideas and Culture", this RG originally merged three components. It brought together researchers from two research groups of the IHC that were extinct at the time of the merger (the first group geared towards the History of Intellectuals and coordinated by Luís Trindade, and the second devoted to the History of Education Policies and coordinated by M.C.Proença), and new investigators who were working on the Cultural History of the Contemporary Period. From 2010 to the present day, the convergence of these dynamic trends enabled the consolidation of existing research trends at the Institute, but also the emergence of new trends. As a result, from 2013 onwards, this group wasnamed "Culture, Identities and Power".

    During the last three years the RG's activities have developed significantly.

    From a thematic point of view, there has been an expansion of the universe of objects studied. From a practice of Cultural History mostly concerned with the History of Intellectuals, we now have a historiographical approach that has expanded its interests to the territories of the popular and mass culture. From a historical approach mainly concerned with the study of written culture, we now have a type of investigation that integrates such a study in the framework of an analysis that also focuses on other dimensions, in particular the physical or visual ones. Research addressed the analysis of practices concerning the History of Physical Education and Sports, as well as modern analysis of contemporary artistic practices, namely contributing to the History of Cinema and Photography.

    Simultaneously, the RG has consolidated a historiographical strategy of its own. Firstly, this strategy was based on the interdisciplinary area of Nationalism Studies; there was thematic diversity at the level of the research objects of researchers in the group, but the history of nationalism and nation-building was and still is a cross-cutting element of these researches. During a second phase, the investigation has expanded from the study of the nationalisms to other identity-building processes, especially regarding collective subjects such as those named as people or based upon class, gender or race issues. Thirdly, and finally, in dialogue with contributions from authors such as N. Elias (and his society of individuals), the research was further expanded from the study of the making of collective identities to the analysis of the formation of individual subjects and of the relation between both processes.

    The combination of these three-phased developments with the aforementioned expansion of the objects studied enabled the consolidation of a research strategy committed to the following tasks: 1) the questioning of the distinction between the high and the low by analysing the contemporary social hybridization of culture (Canclini) and, in relation to this, by looking for the combinatorial and differentiating relations between the national and global spheres; 2) the overcoming of the dichotomy representations/ practices by considering discursive practices (Foucault) as well as the materialism of the imagined (B.Anderson); 3) the analysis of individual and collective subjects in light of reciprocity – and not just the opposition – between both; 4) finally, and following the lead of cultural economy and political culture studies, the study of the intersection of the cultural element of the past with the economic, political and social ones, this intersection being supported by a critical view on the division of work within the Social Sciences and within History in particular.

  • Researchers:
    Ana Cabrera
    Ana Santos
    Bruno Peixe Dias
    Cláudia Figueiredo
    Diego Palacios Cerezales
    Diogo Duarte
    Elisa Silva
    Frederico Ágoas
    Izabel Margato
    José Cardim
    José Neves
    Júlia Leitão de Barros
    Júlia Monnerat Barbosa
    Lais Pereira
    Luís Trindade
    Manuela Carvalho
    Maria Cândida Proença
    Mario Ivani
    Marta Nunes Silva
    Matheus Serva Pereira
    Pedro Martins
    Raquel Pereira Henriques
    Ricardo Revez
    Rita Luís
    Teresa Rosário
    Tiago Avó
    Tiago Baptista
    Tiago Ribeiro
    Vladimir Sibylla
  • Ongoing Investigation Projects:
    The Making of State Power in Portugal – from 1890 to 1986 (PTDC/HIS-HIS/104166/2008)
  • Activity:
    Além de colóquios e congressos, o Grupo realiza reuniões regulares entre os seus membros, visando a discussão de trabalhos em curso. O Grupo organiza ainda uma oficina permanente, anual, de discussão no âmbito da Teoria da História e da Historiografia.
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