(CFP) 4th International Congress on Local History

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Call for Papers
July 31, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Local History, Modern European History / Studies
4th International Congress on Local History:
Concept, Practices and Challenges in Contemporaneity
Almada (portugal), 15-16 October 2020



Since the mid-19th century, local history has aroused the interest of researchers and independent scholars who study the past of a particular region or community, reflecting and valuing its history and its collective and individual memory. At a scientific level, this reality can be seen in the multiplication of master’s dissertations and doctoral thesis on themes related to local history, enhancing a wealth of innovative scientific knowledge and a new wave of historians interested in working on diverse themes around a specific geographic context.

The 4thCongress on Local History intends to continue the work developed in the three previous editions, promoting, on the one hand, the creation of a space of discussion among researchers who are dedicated to this field of expertise, and, on the other, the dynamization of reflections that problematize the concept, methodologies and practices in this area. In order to create spaces for sharing and dissemination, it is also intended to intensify the network of contacts between local historians who take advantage of the congress to exchange ideas and suggestions on their research processes in local history.

In that way, the 4th Congress on Local History maintains its annual and itinerant character, creating the same conditions for the presentation of multiple studies on the most diverse themes within the scope of this area and ensuring the permanent dialogue between local historical research and national and international historiography.

In the last edition (Évora, 2019), was opened a panel dedicated to the presentation of research developed by students in their last year of undergraduate and first year of masters, a practice that, due to the welcome received, will maintain in this edition of 2020.



Call for papers


Researchers are invited to submit communication proposals that focus on local history, understanding the respective communities and that reflect on the specificities of this historiographical domain, as well as its various possibilities.

In addition to the usual thematic axes, the IV Congress of Local History will take place, like the previous edition, in a commemorative or evocative year of certain events of great importance, inciting reflection and debate around three important themes of international and national history: the bicentenary of the Portuguese Liberal Revolution of 1820; the post-World War I and the impact of World War II in the Portuguese and colonial context.

In this way, the communication proposals on Local History in contemporaneity can be conceived around the following thematic axes, without excluding other topics:

– Reflections on the theory and methodology of local history;
– History and community;
– Biographical paths: personalities that marked towns and cities;
– The importance of local history in high school and University curricula;
– Themes and works involving the history of a region (18th-20th centuries);
– Municipalities and local administrationl;
– The role of institutions and local associations;
– The Liberal Revolution and the beginning of Liberalism on a regional and local scale: expression of its emergence, ruptures and resistance;
– The post Great War in the regional and local space: changes and continuities;
– World War II in the regional and local space.

Proposals must have between 250/300 words and be accompanied by a title and a short biography of the author (maximum 100 words). Communications accepted will result in 15-minute presentations. Please send your proposal to the following email: localhistory.ihc@gmail.com

Working languages: Portuguese and English (there will be no interpretation available)

The exclusive panel for students in their last year of graduation and first year of master’s degree follows the same format of proposals but will be evaluated separately.



Submission of proposals: until 31 July 2020
Notification of acceptance of proposals: until 31 August 2020
Programme: 11 September 2020
Registration – Researcher with communication: 2 September 2020
Registration – Regular public (without communication): 12 October 20202020



Researchers with communication – 10 euros
Regular public – 5 euros
Students and pensioners – Free


Organising Committee:

Ana Paula Pires (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Catarina Pimentel Neto
Catarina Veiga dos Santos
Diogo Ferreira (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Inês José (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
João Pedro Santos (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Maria Fernanda Rollo (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Mariana Castro (IHC – NOVA FCSH)
Teresa Nunes (FLUL e IHC – NOVA FCSH)


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