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CHAM - Centre for the Humanities is an inter-University research unit of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and of the Universidade dos Açores, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and graded “Excellent” on the last evaluation process of R&D Units (2013-2014).

In September 2013, CHAM welcomed researchers from the former Centro de História de Além-Mar, Centro de História da Cultura, Centro de Estudos Históricos, and the Instituto Oriental, becoming one of the main centres of historical research in Portugal.

From 2015 to 2020, CHAM’s strategic project will focus on “frontiers”. With a solid core on historical studies, this multi-disciplinary project will consider frontiers as lines that separated, throughout history, a plurality of societies and cultures, but also as social and cultural constructs that promoted communication and interaction. This theme is organised around three structuring topics: the frontier as a spatial divide; the frontier as an intellectual boundary; and the frontier and the constructions of identities.

Due to its heterogeneous concept, a frontier is a topic that inevitably demands cross-cultural, comparative surveys, as well as multi-disciplinary approaches. CHAM is particularly suited for such a challenge, since it brings together researchers from a wide range of periods, from Antiquity to the early-modern and modern periods. CHAM’s team also includes experts from various disciplinary fields (Archaeology, Art History, Heritage, Literature, Philosophy and History of ideas), different domains of History (Economic, Cultural, Political, Social, Religious, History of Science and History of books and reading practices) and also History specialists from various geographic spaces.

CHAM's researchers are organized in nine groups, which colaborate with each other within the scope of five thematic lines: 
- Europe in the Renaissance, old and new worlds;
- Asia: Peoples, Powers, Interchanges
- Global cities; 
- Heritage and memory; 
- The sea; 
- Theory and methodology.

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    Research Output

    Adaptabilidade e Identidade: o mosteiro de São Bento de Cástris no período 1957 - 2005

    Faustino, P., Aleixo, S. & Conde, A. F., 2020, O Claustro e o Século: Espaços, Fronteiras e Identidades. Conde, A. F., Magalhães, O. & Gouveia, A. C. (eds.). Évora : Publicações do Cidehus, (Biblioteca - Estudos & Colóquios; vol. 16).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access

    Afonso Lopes Vieira a quem eu dediquei uma obra em 1986 e ninguém leu

    Barreira, C., 2020, In : Revista InComunidade. 92, p. online

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Agência Latino-Americana: um contributo para a história das agências de notícias em Portugal

    Sales, J. D. C. & Mota, S., 2020, Para uma História do Jornalismo em Portugal. Baptista, C. & Sousa, J. P. (eds.). Lisboa: ICNOVA – Instituto de Comunicação da Nova, p. 285-311 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access


    Interdisciplinary conference “Freedom and border-making in the early modern world”

    Mariana Boscariol (Member)

    27 Feb 202028 Feb 2020

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Oceans Past VIII

    Cristina Brito (Invited speaker)

    May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Visita Guiada Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz, Lisboa

    Carla Alferes Pinto


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Como era antigamente? – Círculo de Amigos da Lagoa

    Sandra Monteiro


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Temos Naufrágio? Ciência, mergulhos e caçadores de tesouros

    Tiago Fraga


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research