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The first program of the series "Ocean's Cultural Heritage" will be broadcast on October 5 (14h30), as a result of a partnership between the Chair with the same name and the radio station Antena 2. In a kind of "chapter zero" of this series of programs, João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, our Chair Holder, will explain what is a UNESCO Chair, how FCSH-NOVA and CHAM have achieved the seal of UNESCO for the exploitation of the Cultural Heritage of Oceans, and the multidisciplinarity, the projects and objectives of the team that compose this Chair.

The program will pass every Friday at 2:30 p.m. on Antena 2.


Oceanica – Newsletter of the UNESCO Chair “The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”

n. 10 (September, 2018)


Now available here


Email for sending information, news and suggestions oceanheritage.news@fcsh.unl.pt


CONCHA 1st Workshop «Crossing seas, Rising islands, Connecting people»

For more information

CONCHA Project

It was recently approved the application made to the European Programme MSCA-RISE. The project “CONCHA: The construction of early modern global Cities and oceanic networks in the Atlantic: An approach via Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”, is chaired by Prof. João Paulo Oliveira e Costa and coordinated by Cristina Brito (CHAM / NOVA FCSH—UAc). This is a researcher’s exchange project that joins 11 partner institutions from Europe, Africa and the Americas. It has a duration of 4 years, during which several research, education and scientific dissemination activities are planned. CONCHA is directly connected to the main purposes of the UNESCO Chair The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage. CONCHA’s main goal is to

explain the different ways that port cities developed around the Atlantic from the late 15th and early 16th century in relation to differing global, regional, and local ecological and economic environments.

For  more information


Imaginaries of the sea: literature, arts and tradition

A critical anthology


Submission of proposals by 31 October 2018


IELT (Institute for Literature and Tradition Studies) is coordinating a critical anthology (literature, oral tradition - tales, legends, proverbs, etc., iconography and fine arts, photography archives, studies) to draw a multi-discursive panorama of the Portuguese maritime imagination between the Middle Ages and the contemporary era. This work is part of its participation in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage of the Oceans.


Call for submissions



It was recently published a report about the contribution of the UNESCO Chairs on education for sustainable development. The report can be read here


The NORFISH Project

Poul Holm, from the Trinity College of Dublin, is developing an interesting project on the North Atlantic Fisheries, with the support of the European Research Council (NORFISH). The main purpose is to do an environmental history of this maritime region between 1400 and 1700, analyzing the impacts of fishing increase and the consequences of The Little Ice Age on the marine ecosystems. Through this example, it is sought to understand how people manage global phenomena and climate change, a key issue facing

the challenges of today.

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In the last number of the International Journal of Maritime History there is an article of two researchers of the UNESCO Chair “The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”. Nina Vieira and Cristina Brito wrote “Brazilian manatees (re)discovered: Early modern accounts reflecting the overexploitation of aquatic

resources and the emergence of conservation concerns”. The article can be read here:









Brochure “What is Underwater Cultural Heritage?” available online






Best practice related to Underwater Cultural Heritage

Following the MSP 4/5 resolution from the fifth session of the State Parties meeting at the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, held on the 28th and 29th April, 2015, the State Parties are invited to provide examples of best practice related to underwater cultural heritage.


The UNESCO Secretariat developed a form for this purpose, to simplify Member States' presentation of these examples. The responses will enable the UNESCO Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB) to draw up an inventory of best practice available to all State Parties at the 2001 Convention.

Form download


E-mail: catedraunesco.oceanos@fcsh.unl.pt