Cultural Production and Intellectual Frameworks

Academic year
Subject Area
Modern and Contemporary Era History
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Speaking and writing skills in Portuguese, and knowledge of another language, preferably English or French.

Teaching Methods

Classes will integrate the historical context and the programmatic theoretical lines of the professor, although from the beginning it also includes the study of documents and intensively promotes debate. Topics will be scheduled and assigned to students who will present their topic in class, after guided research, with a view to preparing a final assessment work. In each class a specific issue, supported by empirical evidence and theoretical reflection will be discussed. Extensive debate is always encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

With a view to preparing them for research, students will gain a knowledge and methodological guidelines for developing and framing their perception of cultural and political history of the modern world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will focus on the themes related to cultural representations, intellectual activity and political, philosophical and aesthetic thought, from a perspective that will integrate an interdisciplinary dimension, whenever possible. Of course, taking into account that the majority of future dissertations will focus on aspects of the history of Portugal, or directly related topics, efforts will be made to view the different proposed themes from a comparativist perspective according to a logic that combines the study of cultural shapes and thought that originated in Portugal or internationally with those that were specifically national.

Work Placement(s)



1. A Cultural History: dimensions, issues, sources and methods. Lines of development of contemporary culture. 2. Romantic culture, liberal thought and nationalist ideas in Europe and Portugal. 3. Republican and socialist thought in the nineteenth century. Culture and republican and socialist thought in Portugal. 4. Modernism and avant-garde in the period preceding World War II. Portuguese culture before the New State. 5. The totalitarian experience: teaching, propaganda and resistance. Marxism and the role of critical theory. Regime and Opposition Culture during the New state. 6. Literature, cinema and politics from the postwar period. The rise and fall of the intellectual. Cultural representations and political thought in the final phase of Salazar-Marcelism. 7. National cultural policy and European integration. 8. Cultural history and political thought in the 80s. Post-modernism and multiculturalism. Thought and cultural practices in democratic Portugal.

Head Lecturer(s)

Rui Luís Vide da Cunha Martins

Assessment Methods

Synthesis work: 10.0%
Regular and active participation in class: 20.0%
Research work: 70.0%


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BURKE, Peter (2004). What is Cultural History? Cambridge: Polity Press
DIONÍSIO, Eduarda (1993). Títulos, acções, obrigações. Sobre a cultura em Portugal (1974-1994). Lisboa: Salamandra
JOHNSON, Paul (2009). Intelectuais. Lisboa: Guerra e Paz
JUDT, Tony (2009), O Século XX Esquecido. Lisboa: Edições 70
MIRANDA, José Bragança de (2002). Teoria da Cultura. Lisboa: Século XXI
NEVES, José (2008). Comunismo e nacionalismo em Portugal. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China
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WATSON, Peter (2002). Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century. London: Harper.