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2nd Congress

Public History in Portugal

Uses of the Past in the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

June 6 and 7 at museu do aljube

(updated 16/5/2024; 21/05/2024)

In 2024, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese revolution, which put an end to the longest European dictatorship and colonial empire. The dictatorial and colonial past, and the revolutionary process, assume a prominent place in academic research, but also in the public debate in Portugal, since the creation, preservation and reconstruction of the memory of authoritarian experiences, as well as the processes of resistance and rupture, still shape the understanding of the present. The goal of this congress is to analyze the evolution of the uses of the past since 1974, highlighting what is hidden and uncovered in the public sphere.

The congress will be held at Museu do Aljube – Resistência e Liberdade, in Lisbon, and everyone is welcome. We just ask you to register using this short form.

Check out the full programme (in Portuguese) or its pocket version, also available in flipbook format.

If you cannnot make it to the museum/ to Lisbon, check out our online broadcast.


PROGRAMME (abridged)

JUNE 6th (Thursday)

10 – 11:15 am | Museums and places of memory I | Moderation: Marta Prista

11:45 am – 1 pm | Museums and places of memory II | Moderation: Sónia Vespeira de Almeida

2:30 – 4 pm | In|visibilities of the revolutionary past | Moderation: Rita Rato

4:30 – 5:45 | Formal and non-formal education | Moderation: Joana Miguel Almeida

JUNE 7th (Friday)

10 – 11 am | Public space and artistic performances | Moderation: Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro

noon – 1:30 pm | Re|visibility of the revolutionary past | Moderation: Fátima Moura Ferreira

3 – 4:45 pm | Discourse, dissent and representation | Moderation: Patrícia Martins

Coordinating Committee

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro (IHA – NOVA FCSH)
Joana Dias Pereira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Joana Miguel Almeida (CRIA – NOVA FCSH)
Maria Fátima Ferreira (Lab2PT – UMinho)
Marta Prista (CRIA – NOVA FCSH)
Patrícia Roque Martins (IHA – NOVA FCSH)
Sónia Vespeira de Almeida (CRIA – NOVA FCSH)




The aim is to bring together contributions that allow us to identify and understand different forms of memorialization, inscription and concealment of memories of the dictatorship, resistance, (de)colonization and revolutionary process, seeking to account for the narratives and practices, consensus, dissent and silence that manifest themselves in the public sphere, and its evolution over the last 50 years.

We welcome communication proposals related to:

  • Difficult and conflicting memories
  • (In)visibilization of the revolutionary rupture
  • (De)obscuration and colonial reparation
  • Museums and “places of memory”
  • Formal and non-formal education
  • Public art and artistic performativities
  • Official and underground speeches
  • Visitability and tourism


Deadline for proposal submission: March 30th, 2024

Please fill in this form (in Portuguese)

Call full text in PDF (in Portuguese)