ABOUT THIS CENTER
The Center for the History of Society and Culture (CHSC) is a research unit of the University of Coimbra, based at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. It is mainly comprised of historians, from different fields of expertise, and also includes researchers from other Social and Human Sciences.
Heir to the Center of Historical Studies created in the 1970s, the Center for the History of Society and Culture was founded in 1976, and its first director was Doctor José Sebastião da Silva Dias. Initially attached to the National Institute of Scientific Research, it later established ties with the National Board for Scientific Research and, since 1997, with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
During the last decades, this center has developed a solid and proficient scientific work, expressed in published studies, in the integration in research networks, in the participation in multiple national and international initiatives and in the support to research.
At present, the center has four main research areas (three groups and a line of research):
1. Heritages and local and regional identities;
2. Meetings and divergences between cultures;
3. Rethinking the job of the historian;
4. Study and publication of sources.
This center has 40 full members, most of them university professors and researchers, and 74 collaborators, of various nationalities, many of which with a PhD degree.