Maria de Jesus Espada

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Associated researchers
Institutional subunit: ISCTE-IUL
Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture
Thematic line:
Research interests: Portuguese descendant communities | Southeast Asia | Identity
Research contexts: Southeast Asia
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Biographical note

BA in International Affairs, and MA in Intercultural Relations (Gulbenkian Foundation Scholar), and a PhD in History (Orient Foundation Scholar). Maria de Jesus Espada specialized in the Portuguese presence in Southeast Asia, particularly the subject of the Portuguese-descendant communities. The thesis, written in Portuguese, covered an analysis of some previous Portuguese studies dedicated to the existence of “luso-descendant” communities in Asia, with a time-line beginning at the birthplace of our colonial roots – 16th century Malacca. She argues how three communities that have perpetuated through the centuries in Malacca, Tugu and Singapore could have also contributed to increase the cultural diversity of the various other indigenous communities in Southeast Asia. She makes a comparison on the successive formation of cultural images from the perspectives bounded by ethnic traces, language and religion as seen in Macao and India over various periods, and the influence of other colonial empires and their “civilising missions” in the region. Since then, she has published a book and several articles.

Maria de Jesus Espadapub112*2011ArticleESPADA, Maria de Jesus, 2011, "Religiosos portugueses e franceses na Singapura do século XIX: Notícias de desentendimentos na correspondência diplomática portuguesa", Blogue de História Lusófona (Lisboa, IICT), Ano VI, Setembro: 281-308.
Maria de Jesus Espadapub112*2013Paper in proceedingsESPADA, Maria de Jesus, 2013, "De Nasrani a Portugis: Quikos, Andries e Michiels na comunidade lusodescendente de Tugu (Indonésia)", in Manuel Lobato, Maria de Deus Manso (orgs.), Mestiçagens e Identidades Intercontinentais nos Espaços Lusófonos, Braga, Núcleo de Investigação em Ciências Políticas e Relações Internacionais, pp. 163-175, ISBN 978-989-8550-14-9.

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