Research group: Culture, Identities, and Power
Coordination: Rita Luís
‘Culture, Identities, and Power’ is an interdisciplinary research group committed to the questioning of the historical and political dimensions of cultural objects. Taking a very comprehensive overview of subjects like cultural history and cultural studies as a starting point, the members of the group collectively develop a seminar culture based on the sharing and debate of texts and researches. In this regard, what identifies the group, more than a historiographic tradition, is its capacity to raise critical questions and integrate contemporary theoretical debates. Initiatives such as the workshop “History and Image” or the seminars “art in the periphery” and “Historical Revolution”, reveal not only thematic diversity but also a common desire to explore new historiographic sources (like images and sounds), to question traditional categories (such as those of the division between centre and periphery) and to open historical research to other historiographic, artistic and cultural traditions (such as the openness to non-academic forms of expression in the representation of historical events).
Directing its collective activities and the individual research of its members towards problematisation and questioning – more than the quest for answers – the group bets on the permanent openness to new ideas and interlocutors.
The research group ‘Culture, Identities, and Power’ aims to create spaces for discussion and critical academic production, in dialogue with several subjects and contemporary debates. In this way, we intend to not only ensure that the academic work of its members is conducted in a stimulating environment of intellectual exchange, but also allow for internal debate about society and current issues.
▪ Cultural History;
▪ History and audiovisual;
▪ Memory and oral history.
Jul 17, 2020
Two new projects, one European and one national, will be a significant stimulus to research into forced labour in Nazi camps.
Jul 10, 2020
Today we launched the project Memória COVID, which aims to document the ongoing pandemic through personal testimonies.
Jul 2, 2020
Pedro Martins is the new Editorial Director of the journal Práticas da História – Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past.