Rebellion and Resistance in the Iberian Empires, 16th-19th centuries

ICS Team

Ângela Barreto Xavier | Arthur Curvello | Bruno Cézar Silva | Isabel Corrêa da Silva | Joana Fraga | José Ferreira | Kevin Soares | Miguel Dantas da Cruz | Nuno Gonçalo Monteiro

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 778076. (Ref. 778076-H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017)

RESISTANCE aims at analysing these issues by focusing on the processes of resistance carried out by social actors that have been historically disadvantaged, discriminated against and dominated. By using a concept of resistance that connects continued and less visible forms of resistance, cultural dissent and violent revolts, the ultimate goal of RESISTANCE is to produce a reinterpretation of the universe of “the dominated”. RESISTANCE will provide an understanding of how these actors could influence processes of social change, either by opening up societies to diversity and making them more inclusive and equal, or, conversely, by causing the increase of repression. Rooted in the disciplinary field of history, RESISTANCE uses the past as a laboratory for the analysis. Focusing on the former Portuguese and Spanish empires, this project privileges a comparative approach in time and space in order to investigate an extended time frame (sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries) and a spatial framework that encompasses Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. The past experiences of their societies, strongly grounded on ethnic, social, economic, cultural, religious, and gender inequality, still shape current political and social dynamics.

There are 13 partner institutions, seven of them European – four in Portugal (Universidade de Évora, FCSH-NOVA, ICS-ULisboa, ISCTE-IUL, Max Plank Institute, Universidad de Cantabria and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), and six non-European institutions (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,  Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidade de Cabo Verde, El Colegio de Michoacán, Universidade Federal da Bahia and Brown University). In total, 102 researchers are involved, with different areas of interest that converge to understand the actors and scenarios of resistance in Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa.

RESISTANCE is coordinated by Mafalda Soares da Cunha – Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades (CIDEHUS-UÉVORA).

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