International Graduate Seminar | Resistances and Failures in the Iberian Empires, 16th-19th centuries | 28th-29th September 2023

28 Sep 2023 | 29 Sep 2023


Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa

Inequalities of many kinds have provoked in the past movements of resistance and conflict, with expectations of change in Portugal, Spain, and their respective colonial territories in America, Africa, and Asia. These actions on behalf of individuals and groups, in their turn, have inspired and produced discourses of failure and success, whose interpretations are currently being revised to overcome Eurocentric or racist prejudices. The research groups from CIDEHUS (UÉ/UAL, Portugal) and Companhia das Índias (UFF/FFP-UERJ, Brazil) are welcoming papers from master and doctoral students on the topics covered by the two European-funded projects, RESISTANCE: Rebellion and Resistance in the Iberian Empires, 16th-19th centuries and FAILURE: Reversing the Genealogies of Unsuccess, and which embrace the innovative perspectives proposed by their research. This International Graduate Seminar also encourages the careful and insightful use of historical sources, both written and visual (manuscript, printed, engravings, pictures, maps, etc.), on behalf of graduate students working in archives or libraries, since original sources and digital copies demand a methodological reflection suitable for our current challenges. This event has the support of two research projects, Circuitos Oceânicos (Unifesp/FAPESP) and Práticas de Justiça (UFF/Faperi).


For more information on the projects RESISTANCE and FAILURE: Resistance and Failure:

On the methodological issues posed today to historical research:


Calendar and Registration:


31 May 2023: Registration.

30 June 2023: Participants will be informed of selected papers.

31 July 2023: The final program will be made available to participants and the public, with information on the activities to be held in person and/or online at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Portugal, and Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil.


Registration should be made through the form (see below). We welcome paper proposals in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. The Scientific Committee will assess abstracts according to the thematic suitability of their content and the work developed with the sources. It will select around 60 proposals to allow for 15-minute presentations in the coordinated sessions planned for the two days of the seminar.


For more information, contact


Organizing Committee

Nicoli Braga (Doctoral student at UAL)

João Francisco Fialho (Doctoral student at UAL)

Juliano Gomes (Doctoral student at UAL)

Rudney Castro (UAL PhD student)

João Espadeiro Ramos (PhD student at UE)

Ana Cristina Campos Rodrigues (UFF PhD student)

Gustavo Nascimento Dias (FFP-UERJ Master)


Scientific Committee Board

Miguel Figueira de Faria (UAL)

Roberta Stumpf (UAL)

Graca Almeida Borges (UAL)

Mafalda Soares da Cunha (UÉ)

Fernanda Olival (UE)

Rodrigo Bentes Monteiro (UFF)

Daniela Buono Calainho (FFP-UERJ)

Antonio Álvarez-Ossorio (UAM)



  • Resistance. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 778076.
  • Failure. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 823998
  • Ocean circuits: petitions and political communication from Portuguese America to the Empire of Brazil, project coordinated by Andrea Slemian (Unifesp -FAPESP)
  • Justice practices and socio-racial inequalities in the Iberian world, 16th-18th centuries, project coordinated by Ronaldo Vainfas (UFF/FFP-UERJ – Faperj)