Environmental History (1400-1800)

The environment has attracted more integrative or interdisciplinary efforts than any other aspect of

human life. In this course we intend to present the discipline of Environmental History and the contributions to this area from the social and human sciences (eg maritime history) and also from the natural sciences (e.g.environmental Conservation). We also intend to address local and imperial environmental dynamics in their economic and cultural perspectives and mirrored in various temporal and spatial dimensions, although the main focus is in the lower middle ages and modern times (1400-1800) and in the Atlantic world. We also intend to reflect on the appropriation and continued exploitation of natural resources, practices and perceptions about the environment, relationships between people and nature, and consequent impacts and changes.


Liquid Materialities: Products from the Sea - Human Transformation

Associated with the research project of the CHAM: Marine Mammals and Maritime Communities in the Early Modern Atlantic. This project is also related to an IF project (Cristina Brito) and to the scientific, education and dissemination activities of the UNESCO Chair "Ocean's Cultural Heritage". This project seeks to alert to the historical importance of the sea in human activities, namely for the value of natural resources, manufacturing and production of material and artistic culture. It also seeks to raise awareness of the need to safeguard the ecological and cultural heritage of the oceans. It is therefore a multidisciplinary proposal that articulates the knowledge of ecology, marine environmental history, archeology, history of art and history. Will be carried out by researchers from these different areas in order to provide a comprehensive conceptual and methodological learning, a handling and interpretation of various types of sources (documentary and visual), and an introduction to databases and digital visualization methods. The work topics will be: Sea as an element of history; marine animals and their ecosystems; representations and artistic objects; use and symbolic of the products (raw materials and / or objects); practices, seafood and economic networks; the dimensions of the possession of the sea; past perceptions of the sea.


Post-Graduate in Underwater Archaeology – Portugal/Spain/Colombi

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Master in Underwater Archaeology – Portugal/Spain

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Local training and awareness-raising on Underwater Cultural Heritage – Portugal/Cape Verde

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