Renaissance in Portugal - Contexts and Issues



Start . 2014
Principal Investigator Ana Paula Avelar (CHAM)


Main Research Unit

CHAM — Centro de Humanidades




This project aims at further exploring some analytical strands that were considered at both the October 2014 colloquium ‘Renaissance(s) in Portugal or Portuguese Renaissance?’ and the 2017 colloquium on ‘European Renaissances - dialogue(s) without frontier(s)?.

During these debates the concept of Renaissance and its possible chronologies were analysed, decoding specific dialogues that were developed at the time between Portugal and different kingdoms and European cities of Italy, Spain, France, England and the Empire.

Within a Europe where borders were being redrawn and imperial models were being exercised and challenged, the aim is to decode different perspectives, expanding our area of investigation around the Old and New Worlds.

The project intends to pursue a whole series of activities which, in addition to stimulating multidisciplinary reflection on this matter, will broaden the reflection on the subject, namely by questioning its cultural heritage. A forthcoming publication will embody the results of the reflection that has been carried out throughout these meetings.



Thus, the aim is:

. To decode specific dialogues that were being developed at the time either between Portugal and different kingdoms and European cities or with extra-European spaces where imperial powers were exercised; 

. To confront different methodologies and historiographical practices in European Renaissance studies; 

. To map different approaches to the subject, in a Europe where borders were being redrawn and different imperial models were being exercised; 

. To systematise multidisciplinary research lines around topics such as spaces and their descriptions (Europe and extra-European space), taking into account vernacular languages, discursive modalities, the art of history and memory, trading practices and their questioning, literary, visual and musical arts among others; 

. To problematize the issues surrounding a Renaissance(s) in Portugal or Portuguese Renaissance, putting coeval Europe into context.

This research project, which is intended to be interdisciplinary and trans-European, combines several areas of knowledge and the multifaceted profiles of the researchers who participated and are participating in the project's exploratory activities.