International Congress
The April Revolution
Portugal 1974-75

21 – 24 Abril 2014 |  Lisbon | National Theatre D. Maria II

Call for papers

With the approach of the 40th anniversary of the Revolution that put an end to the Estado Novo and paved the way for the establishment of a democratic regime in Portugal, the Institute of Contemporary History of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities — New University of Lisbon, in association with the National Theatre D. Maria II, intends to organize an International Congress, between 21-24 June, in order to present work carried out by researchers focused on the study of the revolutionary process of 1974-75.

Keeping in mind the effects that contributed to the subsequent democratic consolidation or the continuities inherited from the previous regime, the Congress will focus primarily on the numerous expressions of rupture and change; its aim will be to shed light on the main driving forces of the revolutionary process, and its common denominator the analysis of the transformations brought about in Portuguese society and politics between the 25th of April 1974 and the 25th of November 1975. The Congress A Revolução de Abril will include lectures by national and international guest speakers and the presentation of papers selected following this call for submissions.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and taking an international stance, the organizing committee will favour original contributions focused on the following topics (without prejudice of accepting proposals centred on other topics):

– Parties, Institutions and Political Power
– The Movement of the Armed Forces and the Military’s political intervention
– Decolonisation
– Social Movements and Social Conflict
– Economy and development;
– Education, aesthetics and culture
– The International Dimension of the Portuguese revolutionary process
– Memory
– Historiography.

Members of the Scientific Committee will review all submissions. The selection criterion comprises the quality of the research, originality of the work, relevance to the topics and the diversity of perspectives.
Submissions should include the title of the submitted paper, an abstract (up to 500 words), 3 keywords, the author’s institutional affiliation, contact details  (email and telephone) and a brief CV or bio.
Each presentation will last no more than 30 minutes and may be given in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

1 December 2013: Submission deadline
2 January 2014: Notification of acceptance
15 January 2014: Final programme announcement

Please submit all proposals by email to: