Memory of places and places of memory: re-qualification and musealization of symbolic sites of the Portuguese dictatorship

Principal researcher: Joana Miguel Almeida

Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture


Memory | Heritage | Museums

Funding Institution

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)



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My Phd research focuses on the ongoing processes of requalification of symbolic places associated with the period of the Portuguese Dictatorship (1926-1974). My aim is to analyze the political, symbolic and social uses of the second life (Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 1998) of these buildings - not only as heritage, but also as heritage that did not come to be. In this sense, I also intend to analyze the patrimonial emotions [as proposed by Nathalie Heinich (2012) and Daniel Fabre (2013)] associated with these places. On the one hand, experienced by the visitors of the sites reconverted in museums, and on the other hand, experienced by those who lived directly the first life of these sites trying to understand the relations established with these sites in the present and what is the - social and personal - impact of these musealizations or their defeat.


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Nélia Dias

Practices and Politics of Culture