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May 2nd to 4th, in Lisbon

International Congress 50 years of '25 de Abril'

IN2PAST is a partner. More than 30 researchers take part.



9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Rectory of the University of Lisbon

free admission

Open to all

IN2PAST is a partner of the International Congress 50 years of ’25 de Abril’, which takes place between the 2nd and 4th of May at the Rectory of the University of Lisbon. Fifty years later, the ‘Carnation Revolution’ which took place in Portugal on April 25th, 1974 and the revolutionary process of 1974-75 continue to be the subject of discussion in various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Particularly in recent decades, debates surrounding the Revolution have sought to go beyond pioneering studies on the political and military process, through multiple approaches that help to understand it in all its complexity: social transformations and grassroots political participation; international contexts, particularly with regard to anti-colonial struggle processes and the Cold War; political and social dynamics in their regional diversity; the political economy of the Revolution; struggle repertoires, and the written, visual and musical languages; the role of the Revolution and its memory in global history and in democratic Portuguese society; the processes of patrimonialization, museumization and preservation of memories; comparative analyzes with other revolutions and transitions to democratic systems.

The fiftieth anniversary thus appears as an opportunity to take stock of the situation and discuss, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the future of the studies about the Revolution. Admission is free and the congress is open to all, including outside the academic community.

Promoted by the Commemorative Committee for the 50th Anniversary of April 25th, 1974 and the University of Lisbon, the congress’s organizing committee includes IHC – NOVA FCSH / IN2PAST researchers Fernando Rosas and José Neves. More than 30 IN2PAST researchers are participating in the 3-day meeting, in different capacities, moderating or taking part in several sessions, including Ana Lanita and Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro (IHA – NOVA FCSH), Emília Margarida Marques and Antonio Maria Pusceddu (CRIA – Iscte), Angélica Vedana, Marta Prista and Sónia Vespeira de Almeida (CRIA – NOVA FCSH) and from IHC Ana Sofia Ferreira, Afonso Silva, António Araújo, Aurora Almada, Constantino Piçarra, Fernando Dores Costa, Francisco Bairrão Ruivo, Gil Gonçalves, Helena Pinto Janeiro, Irene Pimentel, Joana Matias, João Madeira, Luís Farinha, Luís Trindade, Manuel Loff, Mauro Rodrigues, Mélanie Toulhoat, Miguel Perez, Pâmela Peres Cabreira, Paula Godinho, Paulo Jorge, Pedro Aires de Oliveira, Raquel Pereira Henriques, Ricardo Noronha, Rui Graça Feijó, Susana Martins and Zélia Pereira.

Keynote speakers are Enzo Traverso (Cornell University, USA), with the plenary session ‘Echoes of a Revolutionary Age’ on May 2nd at 9:30 am, and Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy), who will talk about ‘Eventful Democratization: Memory and Legacy of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution’ on May 4th at 3:30 pm.

Check out the full programme here (PDF).

IMAGE Historical photograph captured on June 1st, 1974 (International Children’s Day), in Amadora, showing around 30 kids on top of a chaimite (light armored vehicle developed in Portugal, used to transport troops during the Colonial War and which became a symbol of the April 25, 1974 revolution). Above and centre, with open arms, is António Matos, then 12 years old. © Alfredo Cunha