The Making of State Power in Portugal

Event Date: 7 May 2011
Room B04 10:00 – 17:00
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX


The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

The Making of State Power in Portugal

This conference is part of a research project that seeks to compare and relate different processes of institutionalization of State Power in modern Portugal. The project’s aim is to articulate an element of the social structure with the political processes that, taking place within it, contribute to its transformation. Hence, ‘The Making of State Power in Portugal’ is an oportunity to reopen these institutions to the social tensions which surround them, arguing that Stateforms are less the product of its perpetuity or familiarity than a relation of constant exchange between institutions and society.

Organised by Contemporary History Institute (New University of Lisbon) & Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies (Birkbeck, University of London). This event is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/HISHIS/104166/2008) and Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

For more information email Luis Trindade




Panel 1

Frederico Ágoas (Centre for Sociological Studies, New University of Lisbon) –
Science, State and Society: early social research in a late industrial country

Elisa Lopes da Silva (Institute for Contemporary History, New University of Lisbon) – 
Time to settle down: property, state and its subjects

Victor Pereira (Department of History, History of Art and Archaeology, Universityof Pau) – 
The Government of Mobility (AUDIO HERE)

Panel 1 discussion.

Panel 2

Diego Palacios Cerezales (Department of the History of Thought and Social and Political Movements, Complutense University, Madrid) – Weak state and civic culture (AUDIO HERE)

Joana Estorninho de Almeida (Faculty of Law, New University of Lisbon) – 
Representing the state: civil servants and their images (AUDIO HERE)

Panel 2 discussion.

Panel 3

José Neves (Institute for Contemporary History, New University of Lisbon) – 
Against and For the State – The Invention of the Communist Militant

Luís Trindade (Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck College) – 
The States of Ideology (AUDIO HERE)

Ricardo Noronha (Institute for Contemporary History, New University of Lisbon) –
The most revolutionary law ever approved”: social conflict and bank nationalization in the Portuguese revolution (1974-75) (AUDIO HERE)

Panel 3 discussion.

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