Islands of the Ocean Sea: Forms of Governance in Frontier Spaces

Islands of the Ocean Sea: Forms of Governance in Frontier Spaces

Centro de Humanidades, CHAM - FCSH/NOVA University of Lisbon; Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands)
Lisbon / Ponta Delgada / Vila do Porto
From - Until
14.10.2019 - 18.10.2019
Maria Barreto Dávila

The government of the land is related to different appropriations and interpretations of the way of exercising power and administering a territory. Focusing on the archipelagos of the Azores, Cape Verde, Canary Islands and Madeira between the 15th and 18th centuries, the colloquium seeks to gather researchers from various disciplinary areas, which, based on historical research, analyse the forms of government that characterized the administration of the islands in their own originalities as border spaces and in the specificity of the application of the norms emanating from the Crown.

As the topic "Frontiers as Places of contact" is the transversal theme and binder of the ongoing research work at CHAM, the group Society, Politics and Institutions organizes this colloquium as a forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge among researchers, thus valuing the geographic decentralization of the meeting that will take place between Lisbon, Ponta Delgada (S. Miguel) and Vila do Porto (Sta. Maria). This organization is also joined by the Universidad de La Laguna (Canary Islands), giving this colloquium an international dimension and extending the idea of the Atlantic frontier to the Spanish archipelago.

Thematic areas:

- Centers and peripheries: ruling at a distance

- Land governance: Powers, Economy and local institutions

- The Government of Souls: ecclesiastic control

- The defense of the territory: the role of military structures

Abstracts of 300 words and a short cv should be send until June 30th to


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Maria Barreto Dávila
NOVA University of Lisbon
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