Ideas of Portugal in the Slavonic World

This project – according to the latest tendencies of European comparativism – answers the need for contemporary Europe to approach its pole opposites through meetings and knowledge, answering at the same time to 1) recent methodologies focused on deepening and researching about the construction of the “Other”, 2) the opening of new perspectives in redefining oneself in the sequence of the recognition the “Other’s” look.

For today’s post-modern Europe, it became strategically important to research the consolidated ideas of Portugal since after the Discoveries period until post-modernity: 1) the ones that entered Europe’s cultural heritage, namely in its newly recognized territories, such as in Slavonic, orthodox and Latin countries; 2) the ones that became alive and truly lived in the cultural manifestations of Slavonic immigrants from the recent multicultural Portuguese society.

The aim of our project is precisely this “roadmap of ideas about Portugal”, gathering for the first time in Portugal an adequate – interdisciplinary and international – research team, with the capacity to analyze, elaborate and disseminate as broad a topic such as ideas of Portugal in the Slavonic world in a post-modern perspective.

The gathering of the human resources for the total accomplishment of this project became possible through the initiative of a more systematized Luso-Slavonic discussion, at an academic level, which has been promoted since the beginning of the XXI century, namely by the various joint activities of CompaRes (www.iberian-slavonic.eu), from CLEPUL’s research group, from the Commission for Iberian-Slavonic Comparative Research at the International Committee of Slavists, as well as in the Institute of European Studies of the University of Chemnitz, in Germany. The conferences, projects and publications that emerged on this basis, allowed on the one hand the construction of a new area of comparative Luso-Slavonic and Iberian-Slavonic studies; on the other hand, revealed the need for systematization of ideas about Portugal in the Slavonic world, who entered the Europe's postmodern cultural heritage.

The urgency of this project proved itself even more pressing in the context of CLEPUL’s latest evaluation, when the International Jury affirmed the importance of the development of projects of different academic degrees related to the so-called opening to Eastern Europe, in an international and comparative perspective (references to FCT’s Evaluation available on the Foundation’s website).