Identification: E-Cyclopaedia of Portuguese
Expansion, 15th-18th centuries
Manager : João Paulo Oliveira e Costa
Scientific Coordinator: Alexandra Pelúcia
Identity : CHAM
Partnerships: Instituto de Estudos Medievais e Círculo de Leitores
- Alexandra Curvelo
- André Murteira
- André Teixeira
- Andreia Martins
- Francisco Caramelo
- José Damião Rodrigues
- Pedro Cardim
- Rui Manuel Loureiro
- Teresa Lacerda
- Zoltán Biedermann
POS - Conhecimento (Programa Operacional Sociedade do Conhecimento)
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
- Casa de Bragança Foundation
- Lagos Municipality
Currently the CHAM, along with the University of Azores, is developing
a project named EVE – Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion
(15th-18th centuries), an electronic encyclopaedia that wants to fulfil
a gap in the Portuguese historiography.
History of Portuguese Expansion has known major developments in the
past years, on a national and international level. It is important to
produce a reference guide susceptible to produce an active debate of
the research and also stimulate new research and further developments
on the field.
the multimedia contents directed to the public interested in the History
of Portuguese Expansion are still limited. There are a few portals of
Portuguese General History, namely the "Portal de História"
(practically with no references to the Portuguese Expansion period)
and the "Navegações Portuguesas", housed by
the Camões Institute but at a standstill since 2003. However,
the mentioned tools are of a fragmentary nature and there impact is
still small, mainly because they are present only in Portuguese. Also,
they remain, for a larger part, without a dynamic toll which allows
searching the entire contents of the database.
panorama of traditional supports, i. e. written reference guides and
books is also similar and in need of renovation. Since the publication
of the Dictionary of the History of Portuguese Discoveries, edited by
Luís de Albuquerque in 1994 nothing else was done. The referred
work, on the other hand, is also necessarily limited, not only due the
nature of the contributions (the articles for the most part do not follow
a structure or order) but mainly because it is confined largely to the
15th and 16th centuries.
Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion intends to create a media
instrument comprised by relevant contents related to the History of
the Portuguese presence in the world, from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
These will be presented in a website available for free access and therefore
will not require a subscription fee. One of the main features of the
project will be a search tool, that will allow the user the access all
the contents. This will be achieved by setting all the contents in a
dynamic database (written in ASP language). The end-user can therefore
immediately access the data (s)he is interested in. The articles will
be succinct, presenting accurate and scientifically valid information.
This project intends to provide access to knowledge produced on the
Portuguese Expansion. The contents are mainly directed to the academic
world, national and international, encompassing scholars to students.
Notwithstanding, this project should also be open to a non-academic
of the innovative aspects of this project will be the production of
auxiliary material, comprising chronological lists, thematical bibliographies,
maps of correspondence between several coins used in the world during
the Modern Period and so on. Also new will be virtual tours throughout
places where the Portuguese passed, for example, a visit through the
baroque churches of Ouro Preto; the Portuguese fortresses of the Indian
Malabar coast, etc.
this global objective, the internationalization of the knowledge produced
in Portugal is one of its chief aspects, as the international production
on this area is still based on dated literature.
objective will be to form an international network of collaborators,
who will contribute with articles to the database. This collaboration
will possibly provide a greater contact with international scholars,
thus providing access to the international forum on various subjects
as the problematic of colonization (where the Portuguese case is usually
overlooked or superficially analysed). When successful, the Encyclopaedia
will promote internationally the interest on the Portuguese expansion
process vis-à-vis other similar European dynamics.