Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar (Portuguese Centre for Global History)

Lisbon, Portugal

The Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar (Portuguese Centre for Global History ‒ CHAM) is an inter-University research unit affiliated to the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and of the Universidade dos Açores. CHAM is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (the Foundation of Science and Technology) and was graded “Excellent” at the last evaluation process of Research and Development units (2013‒14).

From 2015 to 2020, CHAM’s strategic project focuses on “frontiers”. With a strong core centring on historical studies, this multidisciplinary project will consider frontiers as lines that not only separated, throughout history, a plurality of societies and cultures, but also acted as social and cultural constructs that promoted communication and interaction. This theme is organised around three structuring topics: the frontier as spatial divide; the frontier as intellectual boundary; and the frontier and the constructions of identities.

Due to its heterogeneous concept, a frontier is a topic that inevitably demands cross-cultural, comparative surveys, as well as multidisciplinary approaches. CHAM is particularly suited for such a challenge, since it brings together researchers from a wide range of periods, from Antiquity to the early-modern and modern periods. CHAM’s team also includes experts from various disciplinary fields (Archaeology, Art History, Heritage, Literature, Philosophy and the History of ideas), different domains of history (economic, cultural, political, social, religious, and the histories of science, books and reading practices) and also history specialists from various geographic regions.

Av. de Berna, 26
1069-061 Lisbon
T +351 217 972 151
F +351 217 908 308


Director of CHAM
João Paulo Oliveira e Costa
T +351 217 972 151

Researcher / the Arts and the Portuguese Expansion
Maria João Ferreira
T +351 217 972 151

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