- Ediana Ferreira Mendes
Ediana Ferreira Mendes has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in History from the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) and a PhD in History, Modern History branch, from the University of Coimbra, when she was awarded the Francisco de Lemos Scholarship, granted by the Coimbra University Archive. Currently she is Adjunct Professor C-II at the Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia (Brazil) and is doing post-doctoral studies at the University of Coimbra with a scholarship granted by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Brazil). In 2022, she published the book resulting from her doctoral thesis, entitled Edificar a Igreja, Consolidar o Império: a Universidade de Coimbra e os Bispos do Brasil (1676-ca. 1773), by the University of Coimbra Press and the Federal University of Bahia Press.
Research project: One head, three mitres. The episcopal action of D. João Franco de Oliveira between Luanda, Salvador and Miranda do Douro (1687-1715)
This project seeks to understand the episcopal action of D. João Franco de Oliveira in three distinct spaces, the overseas dioceses of Angola and Bahia and the reinol Miranda do Douro between the years 1687 and 1715. We intend to examine the adaptability of the pastoral action, the way he governed these populations, how he applied the instruments of social discipline, the reach and effectiveness of these measures, and how these populations interpreted, assimilated, resigned or resisted the episcopal action. Finally, we will investigate the possible relations of collaboration between this prelate, who came from the ranks of the Inquisition, and the Portuguese Holy Office.
Research period: Ediana Mendes will be a visiting researcher and will develop her research project between January and December 2023.
- Patrick Schilling￼￼
Patrick Schilling is a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern History at Georgetown University. He holds an M.A. in History and Russian from the University of Glasgow and an M.A. in Ottoman History from Sabanci University in Istanbul. He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation.
Research project: Nation-State, Empire, Federation? The Role of Other State Models in Ottoman Constitutional Politics, 1908-1918.
This dissertation examines the influence of three different state models – the French Republic, the British Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian federation – on Ottoman politics following the constitutional revolution of 1908. Through an analysis of Ottoman state documents and of a variety of printed publications in Ottoman Turkish, it highlights the overlapping and sometimes contradictory ways in which these three models shaped public debate and legislation regarding three key elements of the emerging Ottoman constitutional order: elections, conscription, and provincial administration.
Research period: Patrick Schilling will be a visiting researcher at CHSC until June 2025.
- Tânia de Santana
Tânia Maria Pinto de Santana holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctoral degree in History from the Federal University of Bahia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of the Recôncavo da Bahia (Brazil) and is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra with a scholarship granted by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Brazil). In 2022, she published the book Charitas et misericordia: morte, caridade e salvação nos testamentos de Cachoeira-Bahia (XVIII century), by the Federal University of Bahia Press.
Research project: Secular clergy and lay confraternal experiences: social disciplining in Portuguese Atlantic brotherhoods (Salvador-Luanda / 17th – 18th centuries)
This project aims to study, from a perspective that values the connections between different Atlantic spaces, the actions of the secular clergy and the faithful in the promotion and maintenance of lay brotherhoods, seeking to identify the strategies adopted by the secular clergy, aiming at social discipline, and how the different lay groups received, adapted or reacted to this process. The approach will start from the examination of a particular clipping focused on the brotherhoods formed by Africans and their descendants that functioned in different political and religious centers of the Portuguese Empire between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Research period: December 2022 – December 2023