Pedro Martins


Culture, Identities, and Power




Pedro Martins is an integrated researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History. With a degree in History from NOVA FCSH, he completed a master’s degree in Contemporary History from the same school with a thesis on the history of beach tourism in Portugal (2011). In 2016, he defended his doctoral thesis, prepared in co-tutorship with the University of Lucerne, dedicated to representations of the Middle Ages in the Portuguese context (1890-1947). His research areas include the history of historiography and policies of memory,  the history of tourism, and the history of child labour.

He is director of the journal Práticas da História. Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, launched in 2015.

Research fields

  • History of historiography and policies of memory
  • History of tourism and leisure
  • History of medievalism
  • History of child labour

Selected publications

  • Martins, Pedro. “History, Nation, and Modernity: The Idea of “Decadência” in Portuguese Medievalist Discourses (1842–1940),” Journal of the History of Ideas 81 (2020): 451-471. [link]
  • Martins, Pedro. “De Afonso Henriques a Vasco da Gama: representações da história de Portugal na Exposição do Mundo Português (1940) e na Expo’98,” Língua-Lugar : Literatura, História, Estudos Culturais 1 (2020): 44-65. [PDF]
  • Martins, Pedro, “From the Republica Christiana to the ‘Great Revolution’: Middle Ages and Modernity in António Sardinha’s Writings (1914-25),” in Studies in Medievalism XXV – Medievalism and Modernity , edited by Karl Fugelso, 29-36. Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 2016. [link]
  • Martins, Pedro Alexandre Guerreiro. “Sea bathing and seaside tourism in Portugal in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: an overview,” Journal of Tourism History 7 (2015): 246-267. [PDF]

Main projects

  • Research fellow in the research infrastructure “Rossio – Ciências Sociais, Artes e Humanidades” — Coordinated by Amélia Aguiar Andrade (IEM — NOVA FCSH) and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology. 2019-2021 [link]
  • Researcher in the project ““Tell me how it was”: Public policies and child labor in Portugal and the Portuguese colonies” — Coordenado por Pedro Goulart (ISCSP — ULisboa) and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/IIM-ECO/5303/2014). 2016-2019 [link]
  • Researcher in the project “The Making of State Power in Portugal: Institutionalization Processes from 1890 to 1986” — Coordinated by José Neves and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/HIS-HIS/104166/2008). 2010-2013
  • Collaborator in the editorial projects “Dicionário de História da I República e do Republicanismo” [Dictionary of the History of the First Republic and Republicanism] and “Guia Bibliográfico da I República e do Republicanismo” [Bibliographic Guide to the First Republic and Republicanism] — Coordinated by Maria Fernanda Rollo and Ana Paula Pires, and funded by the National Commission for the Celebrations of the Centenary of the Republic. 2009-2010



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