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LOCAL 2017 : 1st International Congress on Local History: Concept, practices and challenges in contemporaneity


When Sep 28, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017
Where Cascais, Portugal
Submission Deadline Jun 15, 2017
Categories    history   local history   modern history   contemporary history

Call For Papers

1st International Congress on Local History: Concept, practices and challenges in contemporaneity

Organisation: Institute of Contemporary History FCSH/NOVA
Venue: Cascais Cultural Centre
When: 28 and 29 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2017

Since mid-nineteenth century, local history has aroused the interest of historians and researchers who study the past of a particular region or community with the purpose of restoring their collective and individual memories. At the scientific level, this reality is manifested in the multiplication of master and doctoral thesis on themes related to local history, fostering innovative knowledge and giving birth to a new wave of historians interested in working on such topics.

The 1st International Congress on Local History proposes to create a space of interdisciplinary sharing and reflection, valuing the importance of local history in contemporary historiography, through a critical approach to the concept and opening a debate around research methodologies and practices. Contributing to problematize several issues inherent to a theoretical-methodological consideration, in the contemporary period, this initiative intends to promote an effort for the confluence of visions and solutions that hopefully will help to overcome everyone’s difficulties.

Call for Papers

The opening of this call for papers for all interested in this subject pretends, in addition to the dissemination of local and regional historical studies, to stimulate an attempt to understand the challenges and obstacles met by researchers as well as the creation of an international network involving all those who work in this area.

Proposals for communication on local history in the contemporaneity can be conceived around the following thematic axes, without excluding others correlated:

Theory and methodology of local history;
The role of local cultural associations;
The importance of local history in high school and University curricula;
What does this subject means and represents;
Themes and works involving the history of a region (18th-20th centuries);
Municipalities and Wars.

This call for papers invites the submission of 250/300-word proposals for communications (including title) in Portuguese or English, with a short biography of the author (maximum 100 words). Communications accepted will result in 15-minute presentations.

Please send your proposal to the following email:

Working languages: Portuguese and English (there will be no interpretation available)


Submission of proposals: 15 June 2017
Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2017
Programme: 30 July 2017.


Researchers and Regular fee: 25€
Students: 15 €

Organising committee

Ana Paula Pires (IHC-FCSH/NOVA and Stanford university)
Diogo Ferreira (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
João Pedro Santos (FCSH/NOVA)
Mariana Castro (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Pedro Leal (FLUL)
Teresa Nunes (FLUL e IHC-FCSH/NOVA)

Scientific Committee

Albérico Afonso da Costa Alho (ESE/IPS and IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Ana Paula Pires (IHC-FCSH/NOVA and Stanford University)
António José Queiroz (CEFi-UCP and CEPESE)
António Rafael Amaro (FEUC and CEIS20)
António Ventura (FLUL)
Fernando Rosas (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
João Miguel Henriques (Cascais City Council and IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Jorge Fernandes Alves (FLUP)
Luís Espinha da Silveira (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Maria Conceição Meireles (FLUP)
Maria João Raminhos Duarte (Instituto Superior Manuel Teixeira Gomes and IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Margarida Sobral Neto (FLUC)
Norberto Ferreira da Cunha (Bernardino Machado Museum and University of Minho)
Paula Godinho (IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Paulo Miguel Rodrigues (University of Madeira)
Sérgio Rezendes (University of the Azores and IHC-FCSH/NOVA)
Teresa Nunes (FLUL and IHC-FCSH/NOVA)

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