CHAM Conference in Lisbon 17-20 July

About CHAM

The Centre for Overseas History (CHAM) was created in 1996 and is an inter-university research unit affiliated with the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade dos Açores. CHAM currently consists of 212 associated scholars, including 71 full-time researchers, 24 of these are post-doctoral fellows from Portugal, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the United States. CHAM´s scholars work on interdisciplinary topics related to European expansion, colonialism, and comparative and global histories from antiquity to the nineteenth century. Special emphasis is placed on the history of Portuguese contact with diverse world regions since the early modern period.


Since the fifteenth century, an extended geographical, natural, scientific and political reality has posed a continuous challenge to the ways in which the world has been understood historically. And misunderstood. The aim of this conference is to address the processes of interpretation, both explicit and implicit, recognized and obscured, that were initiated by European Expansion. Imperial spaces, whether governed by the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, French or other Europeans, set the stage for contact, confrontation, and conflict in colonized spaces such as Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, India, or Martinique where regimes of translation, circulation, and resistance emerged. How many implicit misunderstandings or tacit silences characterized human interactions in the face of a new, shared, and connected reality?

In recent years concepts such as the 'first globalization', 'global history' and 'world history', have attempted to connect these multiple realities. But how have these approaches been understood and put into practice? And what challenges do they pose to scholars today? Intellectual production has been prolific and this is an opportune moment to reflect upon these questions, and assess what has been achieved and what strides are yet to be made.

ATTENTION: The conference language is English. All abstracts and presentations must be in English.

We invite scholars from all humanities and social science disciplines to submit panel proposals on the following themes:

1. Methodological challenges to global/world history
2. New directions in historiography
3. Classical traditions: fostering and impeding new understandings
4. Religion and moral order
5. Language, communication, and translation
6. Making sense of the globe: space and territory
7. Commercial networks and the rise of capitalism
8. Imperial power dynamics and local political realities
9. Circulation and consumption of material and visual culture
10. Law, legal regimes and the practice of justice
11. Socio-cultural interactions and the construction of colonial societies
12. Colonial cities and urban landscapes
13. Nature, science, and empire


The call for papers is now open and closes 8th February 2013.

Proposals should include the following:
- paper title
- short abstract of less than 300 characters
- abstract of 250 words.
The proposal may also state the audio-visual requirements you have for your presentation.

Please browse the list of accepted panels and make your proposal to an appropriate panel. On the panel page, beneath the long abstract you will find a link stating 'Propose a paper'. Click that to access the online form.
All proposals must be made via the bespoke on-line facility that CHAM is using to handle all proposals. Proposals should not be sent by email. Convenors wishing to present in their own panel should also use the online form to enter their proposal.

On submission of the proposal, you should be taken to a screen stating that your submission was completed successfully. If not then you need to try again. On completion the convenors will be sent an automated email alerting them to your proposal. You will also be sent such an email. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment (click login above) to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means your confirmation email got spammed/lost; and if it is not, it means you need to re-submit, as the process went wrong somewhere!
Proposals will be marked as pending until the Call for Papers closes, and convenors are asked to make decisions. They will then be marked as accepted or rejected; and the panel convenors will inform you of their decisions.

Miscellaneous papers

If having reviewed the accepted panels carefully, you feel that your work does not fit there, you can proceed to propose a paper on its own. To do this go to P25: Miscellaneous papers, and propose your paper there. When the call is over, the Scientific Committee will decide which papers to accept and how best to group them.


Delegates may only make one presentation, although they may also convene one panel and/or be a discussant in one panel. Clearly delegates may make multiple proposals, however we discourage this practice as later you will be required to withdraw papers where you have multiple acceptances, inconveniencing those convenors.

Useful information for after you've proposed your paper

Paper authors can use the login link in the toolbar above to edit their proposals. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn through this environment - please email cham(at) to do this.

Pre-circulation of papers

CHAM has no rule about this; however many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on email traffic, if requested by convenors, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the online system, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.

Timing of presentations

Convenors are free to allocate the time of their sessions as they like, although we're suggesting allotting each presenter a maximum of 30 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion); however convenors should let you know about this nearer the conference. We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel.

Communication between authors/convenors

Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email cham(at) to obtain relevant email addresses.

Executive Committee

  • Nandini Chaturvedula, Maria João Ferreira, Jessica Hallett, Saúl Martínez Bermejo, Paulo Teodoro de Matos
  • CHAM - Universidade Nova de Lisboa/Universidade dos Açores

Scientific Committee

  • Manan Ahmed (Columbia University)
  • Cátia Antunes (Universiteit Leiden)
  • Maxine Berg (University of Warwick)
  • Maria Fernanda Bicalho (Universidade Federal Fluminense)
  • Pedro Cardim (CHAM - UNL/UAç)
  • Nandini Chaturvedula (CHAM - UNL/UAç)
  • Joaquín Córdoba (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (CHAM - UNL/UAç)
  • Jorge Flores (European University Institute)
  • Tamar Herzog (Stanford University)
  • Juan Marchena (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)
  • Avelino de Freitas Menezes (CHAM - UNL/UAç)
  • Dilip Menon (University of Witwatersrand)
  • Roderich Ptak (Universität München)
  • Gaetano Sabatini (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
  • Stuart Schwartz (Yale University)
  • Nuno Senos (CHAM - UNL/UAç)
  • Sanjay Subrahmanyam (University of California, Los Angeles)