PRO 123 – New historiographical perspectives on Portuguese Overseas Expansion

  • Goa University
    Visiting Research Professor Programme

    A One Credit Course for Postgraduated Students (open to general public) 

    From 20th March to 27th March, 2017 

    Council Hall, Adm.Building Goa University


    aportoProf. Amélia Polónia,

    University of Porto

    • Associate Professor of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto (FLUP).
    • Professor of Portuguese Overseas Expansion and History of European Colonisation at the FLUP.
    • Investigator of CITCEM (Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço, Memória (Transdisciplinar Research Centre / Space / Memory). Vice-President of the IMEHA (International Maritime Economy History Association).
    • Former member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Maritime History. Member of the editorial board of the Revista da Faculdade de Letras – História (Review of the Faculty of Arts – History

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    The programme is driven by debates undertaken by Portuguese recent historiography which offer new perspectives of analysis of the Portuguese Overseas Expansion. Sessions will discuss how, besides the crown and state, individuals and self-organized networks implemented overseas expansion, operating within and outside the system, while contributing to the building of an “informal empire”. Autochthone people, women, adventurers and common people will be considered as part of the process of empire building, which was also a globalisation process, and taken as essential to the outcome of Portuguese colonization in the 1500-1800 period.

    Aims of the course

    1. Present some of the latest perspectives on Portuguese overseas expansion and European colonization.

    2. Emphasize the role of the commoners and show the central roles of agents traditionally marginalised in the historiographical discourse, using an analysis centred on the theories and methodologies of cooperation and taking self-organisation as a way of consistently building world systems.

    3. Scrutinize ways and means of scholarly cooperation between UPorto and the host university in order to develop future research projects and reciprocal student mobility.

    It will be organized in five sessions:

    The course will include articulated sessions and complementary lectures and may include tuition of post-graduate students pursuing research on related topics.


    1. Informal ways of empire building: from State to individuals and self-organized networks as empire builders.

    2. Cooperation mechanisms in the building up of the Portuguese colonial empires in the First Global Age.

    3. Women as go-betweens: Portuguese and autochthone women in Portuguese overseas expansion and colonisation.

    From 21st to 27th March, 2017

    Venue: Council Hall, Adm. Building

    Course Coordinator: Prof. Dhruv Usgaonkar


    Class 1 – 21/03, 2.00 – 5.00 pm

    Class 2 – 22/03, 2.00 – 5.00pm

    Class 3 –  23/03, 2.00 – 5.00 pm

    Class 4 – 24/03, 2.00 – 5.00 pm

    Class 5 –  27/03, 2.00 – 4.00 pm

    Final Assessment – 27/03 – 4.00-5.00 pm


    Seats are limited to 25 for Postgraduate Students and 10 for General Public.




    Email: [email protected]

    Course Coordinator: Dhruv Usgaonkar

    Department of Portuguese & Lusophone Studies

    Goa University