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)
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):
Júlio J. Rodrigues da Silva, "Os Estados Unidos da América nas memórias do conde do Lavradio"