The Congress will have a Launch Conference that will take place on 13 December 2021, at the Amphitheatre III of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra.

Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California Los Angeles – UCLA

Title: The Muslim world and Portugal in the age of Dom Manuel, 1470-1520

Watch the conference here.

Final Programme

International Conference Beyond King Manuel I: The Portuguese Empire in a Changing World, c. 1450-1550

Venue: Anf. III da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
6th July
14 p.m. Opening Session
Giancarlo Casale, European University Institute, Florence – Manuel I and the New History of Post-Mongol Empire: A Comparative Perspective 


16.15 p.m. First Session
The social fabric of empire: Communication and alterity among the cultures of the Mediterranean

Chair: Giuseppe Marcocci, University of Oxford

José Alberto Tavim, Center of History – University of Lisbon – Tribulations of Israel and Empire, in the reign of King Manuel I

Afonso Celso Malecha Teixeira, University of Poitiers – Towards a critique of the idea of “Moors of peace”: negotiation and collaboration in the Portuguese conquest of the Maghreb (1486-1541)

Joseph Jackson-Eade, University of Bologna – Tricksters and Fixers: Interpreters and trans-linguistic communication in the Portuguese world, 1500-1530

17.45 p.m. Debate

7th July
9.30 a.m Second Session
The social fabric of empire: Patterns of violence and hierarchy across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

Chair: Gabriel Rocha, Brown University, Providence, USA

Maria Regina Celestino de Almeida, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro – Indigenous peoples in the early days of conquest: interethnic, socio-cultural and political relations between barters and wars

David Wheat, Michigan State University – Spanish Archipelagos in the Iberian Atlantic Slave Trade, c.1510-1560

Marta Peters Oliveira, Porto University and Sidh Losa Mendiratta, Centre for Social Studies – Sofala and Chaul: Two (and other) Manueline Fortifications in the Western Indian Ocean as Cultural Landscapes of Encounters and Negotiation


11.30 a.m. Debate

14 p.m. Third Session
Objects and bodies in motion
Chair: Ângela Barreto Xavier, ICS – University of Lisbon

Alessandra Russo, Columbia University, USA – Path-crossing between artifacts and people: Rethinking circulations as encounters in the Iberian Worlds

Nuno Senos, Nova University Lisbon – The sack of Malacca: violence as a mode of contact and exchange

Urte Krass, Bern University – Entangled Bones: The Circulation of Bodily Material in the Manueline World

Kate Lowe, Queen Mary University of London – Cashing in on “novelties” from the Portuguese trading empire: Exhibiting a sixteenth-century caged pygmy


16.30 p.m. Debate

8th July
9h30 Fourth Session
Political experiments of empire
Chair: Jorge Flores, Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia, Universidade de Lisboa

Zoltán Biedermann, University College London, UCL – Between “expansion” and “attraction”: transcontinental diplomacy in the construction of Manueline suzerainty

James Fujitani, Azusa Pacific University, USA – Structural Inequality in Manueline Diplomacy: The Case of 1517 Embassy to the Ming Empire

Jaime Gouveia, Center for the History of Society and Culture of the University of Coimbra – The Confederation between Portugal and the Kingdoms of Kongo and Angola: terms and implications of an imperialist project initiated during the reign of Manuel I


11 a.m. Debate

12 a.m. Closing Conference
Chair: José Pedro Paiva, Center for the History of Society and Culture of the University of Coimbra

Tamar Herzog, Harvard University – The histories of empire: where do we go from here and what should we see on the way?