José Neves


Culture, Identities, and Power




José Neves is an Assistant Professor at the History department if NOVA FCSH, since 2011. He graduated in Modern and Contemporary History at ISCTE-IUL, where he also completed his PhD in Modern and Contemporary History (2008), and was a postdoctoral researcher at ICS-ULisboa. He was also Camões Visiting Professor at King’s College London in 2011. He directed the Culture, Identities and Power research line at the IHC between 2011 and 2016. He was the editor-in-chief of Práticas da História — Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past. Currently, he is the IHC’s President of the Board.

Research fields

  • History of contemporary Portugal
  • Nationalism studies
  • Theory of history, historiography, and uses of the past
  • Cultural history
  • Cultural studies

Selected publications

  • Neves, José. “The foreign road to the homeland. Paris and the national turn of a Portuguese communist,” Twentieth Century Communism 7 (2014).
  • Neves, José (Coord.). Como se Faz um Povo – Ensaios para a História do Portugal Contemporâneo. Lisbon: Tinta da China, 2010. [link]
  • Neves, José. “The Role of Portugal on the Stage of Imperialism: Communism, Nationalism and Colonialism (1930–1960),” Nationalities Papers 37 (2009): 485-499. [PDF]
  • Neves, José. Comunismo e Nacionalismo em Portugal – Política, Cultura e História no Século XX. Lisbon: Tinta da China, 2008. [link] *

* Victor de Sá Award of Contemporary History (2008); CES Award fos Young Social Scientists (2009); A. Sedas Nunes Social Sciences Award (2010).


Main projects

  • Researcher in the project “Amílcar Cabral, from Political History to Politics of Memory” — Coordinated by Rui Lopes and funded by the Foundation for Sciences and Technology. [PTDC/EPH-HIS/6964/2014] 2016-2020
  • Coordinator of the project “The Making of State Power in Portugal: Institutionalization Processes from 1890 to 1986” — Hosted by the IHC – NOVA FCSH and funded by the Foundation for Sciences and Technology. [PTDC/HIS-HIS/104166/2008] 2010-2013


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