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

28 Sep 2023 | 29 Sep 2023

Auditorium 1


room 401

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).


PROGRAM (Portuguese time zone):

10:00 am – Opening

José Amado da Silva (rector of the Autonomous University of Lisbon)

Roberta Stumpf (RESISTANCE, CIDEHUS, Autonomous University of Lisbon)

Mafalda Soares da Cunha (RESISTANCE, University of Évora)

Rodrigo Bentes Monteiro (FAILURE, (Fluminense Federal University)

Grace Almeida Borges (RESISTANCE, CIDEHUS, Autonomous University of Lisbon)

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Joao Augusto Espadeiro Ramos (University of Évora): “Resist to defend the homeland” – the resistance of an Alentejo village in the wars of restoration and Spanish succession”

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Jefferson Aldemir Nunes (Universdade Autónoma de Lisboa): Jesuit missions, martyrdom and resistance: the indigenous agency in the documents of the Society of Jesus of the 17th century

11:00 am – 11:15 am: Mariana Dourado da Silva (Autonomous University of Lisbon): Institutional resistance: political communication between institutions in cases of illness, Salvador and Lisbon (1680-1751)

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Felipe Oliveira (NOVA/FCSH): Petition to resist: the illegal enslavement of indigenous peoples in São Paulo, 18th century

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Debate

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Break


 Andrea Slemian (Ocean Circuits, Autonomous University of Lisbon)

1:45 pm – 2:00 pmMarcella de Sa Brandao (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro): Power and gender relations: reflections based on the writings of Mother Teresa of Jesús

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Mariana Ferreira Schlipake (Federal University of Paraná): “Corsican Indians” in colonial Maranhão: between agreements and conflicts

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Isabelle Luz da Silva (State University of Rio de Janeiro-FFP): New Christians with the Grace of God: Resistance of New Christians to the Inquisition in Colonial Brazil

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Livia Brenda da Silva Barbosa (Fluminense Federal University): The lexicons of the conquest: war, otherness and resistance in the Captaincies of the North (17th and 18th centuries)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Nelson de Campos Ramos Junior (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa): “Apaixonados do Marques do Pombal”: The Viradeira and a compilation of political satire

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Sergio Moreta (University of Salamanca): General governors and indigenous peoples. A study through the regiments in the period of the Hispanic Monarchy (1580-1640): Jaguaripes, Japujas and Aimorés

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Debate

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Break


Moderator: Roberta Stumpf
  (RESISTANCE, CIDEHUS, Autonomous University of Lisbon)

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Isabella Gioia de Barros (State University of Rio de Janeiro/FFP): Inquisition and pact with the devil in Lisbon in 1735

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm – Mylena Pereira da Silva (Fluminense Federal University): In the name of Allah: post-Christian captivity diplomatic redemption in eighteenth-century Algiers

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm – Joao Moreira da Silva (Max Planck Institute): Questioning the Plantation: Forro Resistance in São Tomé and Príncipe

4:45 pm – 5:00 pmGustavo Magno Barbosa Alencar (Federal University of Ceará): Mobility, transgression and the sertões of Ceará as areas of refuge (18th century)

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Elena Barattini (Turin University): Suing for a future: sponsored' lawsuits in colonial Cuba (1880-1886)

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm – Debate

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm – Break

6:00 pm – 8:00 pmConference: International projects and student participation regarding the FAILURE and RESISTANCE Projects
Antonio Álvarez-Ossório Alvariño (FAILURE, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) / Mafalda Soares da Cunha (RESISTANCE, University of Évora)

13:30 – Opening – Roberta Stumpf (RESISTANCE, CIDEHUS, Autonomous University of Lisbon) and Rodrigo Bentes Monteiro (FAILURE, Fluminense Federal University)


Moderator: Daniela Buono Calainho
(FAILURE, State University of Rio de Janeiro)

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Keith Richards (Tulane University): Espejo de Paciencia' and Revolt in Eastern Cuba, 1604-1608

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Ligia Kaori Kondo (Fluminense Federal University): The failures of the Catholic mission in Japan (16th-17th centuries)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Juan Jose Jimenez Sanchez (University of Seville): The Anxieties of Granada (1648-1652): Collective Action Strategies, Management of Disorder and Creation of the Story

2:45 pm – 3:00 pmAlex Teixeira de Araujo (Fluminense Federal University): Catechization, colonization and conflicts in the Sesmaria of João Peixoto Viegas: Bahia 1653-1700

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm –  Jose Sovarzo (El Colegio de México): La gestión de la violence en las administraciones virrenales de Luis de Velasco y Castilla en la Nueva España (1590-1611) y en el Virreinato del Perú (1595-1603): La Guerra Chichimeca y la Guerra del Araucus

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Debate

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Break


Maria Fernanda Bicalho (FAILURE, Fluminense Federal University)

4:00 pm – 4:15 pmElizabeth Vieira Menezes ((Fluminense Federal University): Calamities in the flourishing colony: the impact of privateering and piracy in Rio de Janeiro between 1680-1730

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm – Matheus Fernandes Albuquerque (Fluminense Federal University): The Italian influence on the thought of D. Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm – Ana Cristina Campos Rodrigues(Fluminense Federal University): The reconstruction of the Portuguese Royal Library after 1755

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm – Fernando Jorge Nunes (University of Évora): The House of Infantado: A case of failure or success?

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Pedro Henrique Domingues de Lima ((Fluminense Federal University): The frustrated pen of a Portuguese gazetteer

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm Debate

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm – Break


Moderator: Rodrigo Bentes Monteiro
(FAILURE, (Fluminense Federal University)

7:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Rodrigo Noronha ((Fluminense Federal University): From vituperation to recognition: Pedro de Angelis and his trajectory through a collection

7:15 pm – 7:30 pm – Juliano Gomes (Universidade Autónoma Lisboa): The failure of Academia do Nude in Lisbon (1780-1782)

7:30 pm – 7:45 pm – Thomaz Santos Leite (Fluminense Federal University): The freedom of the womb in projects to reform slavery in two societies

7:45 pm – 8:00 pm – Antonio Cal Goncalves (Universidade Autónoma Lisboa): “More bread and less whip!” not always the solution

20:00 – 20:15 – Pablo Cesar Rosales Zamora (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru): Peruvian jurists of the 19th century before the Iberian legal tradition of international law: ¿assimilation or rejection?

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Debate

21:00 – Closing



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

On the methodological issues posed today to historical research:


For more information, contact


Organizing Committee

Nicoli Braga (UAL PhD student)

João Francisco Fialho (Doctoral student at UAL)

Juliano Gomes (Doctoral student at UAL)

Andréa Imaginário (PhD student - 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)






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