Responsible/ Researchers:

Júlio Rodrigues da Silva
António Horta Fernandes
Isabel Cluny
Maria Cecília Cameira
Fernando Ribeiro


Seniors Researchers:

Carimo Mohomed
Fernando Martins (Univ. Évora)
Isabel Baltazar
Maria Manuela Tavares Ribeiro (FLUC)
Sérgio Campos Matos (FL-Univ. Lisboa)
Zília Osório de Castro (Former Coordinator, FCSH, UNL)

Juniors Researchers:

Isabel David
Isabel Correia da Silva
Isabel Mariano Ribeiro
João Manuel Ricardo Catarino
José Santos
Pedro Faria
Susano Ferreira Costa

Grants (BII 2008) :

Ana Guardião
Thierry Coelho

Grants (BII 2009) :

Lígia Lélé





10 Years: Seminars, Conferences , Scientifics Meetings (1997-2007)



Presentation of Os guardiões dos sonhos,
at the Centro Nacional da Cultura, 9/7/2009,
while Guilherme de Oliveira Martins was speaking.
Presentation Cultura 24,
with António M. Hespanha
2008, January (Palácio Fronteira)


Political and International Studies is a research group with a strong link with other scientific institutions, both national and international. One of the main aims of the group is to establish institutional and scientific relationships with other specialists on the basis of sharing knowledge and expertise. This group looks forward at an adequate training of its members in order to put together the scientific bases of Political Science and International Relations and the autonomy of the area of knowledge corresponding to the History of Ideas. The organization of international meetings and seminars, the scientific publication, the mobility of the research teams, and the invitation of major specialists reflect and promote the general purpose. The specific objectives for the period (2007-2010) includes the continuity of a research project and two new research programs, assuming the perspective of the History of ideas, and particularly focusing on the study of political culture.


A research project Treaties between Portugal and Spain (1816-2006) continues the precedent experience in projects related to international treaties subscribed by Portugal, which resulted already in two printed volumes. Now we investigate the specific relations of the two peninsular nations, from the Viena Congress of 1815, until today. From this perspective, we have determined as a priority to value the most significant texts in the standpoint of the international relations: the treaties celebrated between the two Iberian neighbours. To widen the scope of the prior discussions, stimulating the adoption of more clearly plurisdisciplinary approaches and the study of the themes of conceptual history, with the obvious interest to official entities – like, for instance, the Diplomatic Institute of the Foreign Affair Ministry and the support from non official entities like the Portuguese-Spanish Foundation. The goal is to produce, and to make available, documental instruments based on the investigation of official sources and to identify the central lines of the Portuguese-Spanish relationship.

Having the project on Portuguese Political Thought (XIX-XX) already prepared, nevertheless without direct financial support and at his beginning, it will progress with the tasks established. Believing that Portuguese political thought has its own tradition, the research follows, as stone marks, the turning moments in power structures that have given rise to creative political reflections. The period is rich in the development of a political thought. Without cutting off its links with the prevailing European and American doctrines, there are specificities to be studied, with moments of a prevailing European dimension and others of active integration of Transatlantic, African and Asian areas. These analyses are not detached from the political evolution but they lack on independent research capable of unveiling the key lines of Portuguese political thought.

The group is also assuming the European question in his programme. A project will be prepared focusing on the study of the ideas of Europe produced in Portugal. The research should focus on the period between 1916 and 1986. This last date is not problematical, since Portugal’s adhesion to EEC changed the comprehension the country had of Europe. 1916 is justified for it is the moment when Europe realizes that the war is not any longer a warlike conflict completely typified. The methodology will specially use the possibility opened by subject indexation prepared by the group "Free seminary for the History of ideas", on XX century journals.

Finally, one of the present goals of the group is to increase the participation on the shared activities of the research unit, namely by the participation on seminaries about History of Ideas/Ideas with History, developing the central project of History and historiography of ideas in order to create a consistent scholar group on this particular field of knowledge.


The main achievements of past research (period 2003-2007) are:
As far as Political Studies were concerned, an international conference on methods and practices of the study of political science was promoted (“The Study of Political Science”, Gianfranco Pasquino, 2003); a special issue (double, XVI-XVII) of the Centre journal on Political Science representative of the state of the field in Portugal - including information about all research centres and projects in course was published (2003) and a second one (nº XXII) dedicated to political ideas was published (2006). Finally, was published (December, 2007) a special number dedicated to Intellectual Culture of Colonial Elites, presented at the beginning of the commemorations of the 25th anniversary research of CHC.
As far as the International Relations researches were concerned the texts of the conference held on 24/ 25 October 2002 on Diplomats and Diplomacy were published (April, 2004) and a Conference was organized with the Diplomatic Historic Archive Friends to present and debate the work. The research project about Portugal in the World: Treaties –2nd Phase – in particular the Treaties between Portugal and Brazil (1825-2000) involving the commentary, contextualization, transcription, fixation and annotation of the treaties texts, was concluded and published (February, 2006) – Book on line- (see documents).
As far as the European research work is concerned, an issue of Journal Cultura dedicated to European Ideas was published (XIX, 2004) with the participation of several members of the Political and International Studies group, which is the reason why this subject will be developed by this group at a near future.

Accordingly, the main achievements were the publication of two books, four special issues of the Centre journal dedicated to the group research subjects, the organization of six conferences listed below (see events), and we want to underline the surpassing of expectations of articles (53) in Portuguese and non Portuguese publications. The papers presented during the period (46) include countries such as Morocco, Brazil (S. Paulo e Rio de Janeiro), Angola or Italy (Milan) (see documents). The group achievements concerning the academic degrees completed during this period is also to emphasize, 4 PhD’s and 6 masters not including the graduate students in European studies (see theses associated to CHC). One Italian grant researcher is presenting his PhD at his homeland, after having completed his research at the CHC.

The research, during the period 2003-2006, had one protocol to support it signed on the 3rd of April of 2006 with the Diplomatic Institute of the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Minister and the Department of Political Studies of FCSH-UNL (see protocols). Special collaboration was established whit the Institute Camões and the International Association of Portuguese Language Universities to back the research on Portuguese Political Thought and to promote the collaboration to the project, namely in Brazil in 2008 during the annual conference.

issues of the journal Cultura related to the work programme of this group (1999-2007):

nº11, 1999, "Relações internacionais" (International relations)
nº16/17, 2003 "Ciência Política" (Political science"
nº19, 2004, "Ideias de Europa" (Ideas of Europe)
nº22, 2006, "Ideias políticas" (Political Ideas)
nº24, 2007, "Cultura intelectual das elites coloniais" (Intelectual culture of colonial elites)


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