- COMMEMORTIS – What survives after death? Parish communities and death commemoration strategies in the medieval city
(COMMEMORTIS – O que sobrevive depois da morte? Comunidades paroquiais e estratégias de comemoração dos mortos na cidade medieval, EXPL/HAR-HIS/0532/2021)
Project Coordinator: Maria Amélia Álvaro de Campos (PI) and Ana Isabel Sampaio Ribeiro (co-I)
Duration: 01.03.2022 – 29.02.2024
Funding: FCT – IC&DT projects in all scientific fields
EXPL 2021 History and Archaeology Evaluation Panel – 2021
Is it possible to reconstruct a city’s parish communities from a computer-aided analysis of obituaries, wills and post mortem bequests that benefitted their churches? This issue is approached by combining a traditional topic in medieval European historiography – Death and the Economy of Salvation – and a modern, innovative methodology, specially designed for a social and prosopographical study of Historical and Microhistorical topics – the Timelink software. This information system processes personal data collected from historical sources. The project will be developed for 18 months, during which two of the nine medieval parishes of Coimbra will be analysed using this software. We will conduct training sessions, conferences, and scientific discussions to contextualise the case in the face of the parish networks uniting other towns in Portugal and Europe. The project’s plan and methodology are based on the intrinsic interdisciplinary nature of the Digital Humanities (Thaller 2012; Granjon 2016), reflected in two angles: the development of data analysis infrastructure; and the digital distribution of the results on a public domain website and in the form of research articles.
Official website: https://commemortis.wixsite.com/my-site
- Imaginária: Participatory valuation and preservation of the sculptural heritage in the University of Coimbra’s Paço das Escolas (University Palace)
(Imaginária: valorização e proteção participativa do património escultórico do Paço das Escolas da Universidade de Coimbra, PCSI_663)
Principal investigator: Sandra Costa Saldanha
CHSC members in the team: Luísa Trindade, Joana Antunes, Diogo Lemos, Inês Pina, and Mariana Gaspar
Funding: Projetos Semente de Investigação Científica Interdisciplinar (Seed Projects for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research), Strategic Area of Coimbra University in Heritage, Culture and Inclusive Society, sponsored by Santander Universities.
The project focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the sculptural heritage of the University of Coimbra’s Paço das Escolas (University Palace). Starting in exploring identity themes, it aims to strengthen critical thinking skills, apply sustainable conservation practices, test new models for interacting with the community, and foster the role of the arts as instruments for cultural heritage fruition and mediation.
Official website: Under construction
- RELIGIONAJE – Religion, ecclesiastical administration and justice in the Portuguese Seaborne Empire
(RELIGIONAJE – Religião, administração e justiça eclesiástica no império português (1514-1750), PTDC/HAR-HIS/28719/2017)
Project coordinators: José Pedro Paiva (PI) and Jaime Ricardo Gouveia (Co-I)
Funding: FCT/IC&DT (Scientific Research and Technological Development) Projects in all Science Fields
The project goal is to ascertain how the episcopate, its network of agents and its administrative and judicial structures became established, acted and encouraged the spread and shaping of Christianity in the Portuguese seaborne empire.
Official website: https://www.uc.pt/fluc/religionAJE