Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS_UL) and a visiting professor of the Cunha Rivara Chair, Goa University, Ângela Barreto Xavier, will deliver a public lecture on ‘From 1498 to Magellan. Memories and archives’ on July 23, 6.30 p.m., at Camões-Centro de Língua Portuguesa, Panaji.
In this presentation, Xavier will ask three questions: What was the relevance in the short-term, of the voyages of Vasco da Gama and Fernão de Magalhães? How was their memory and archives constructed? And what was the relevance of nationality when these trips took place?
Xavier will mainly concentrate on the period between 1497 (the beginning of the trip of Vasco da Gama) and 1522 (the end of the trip of Magellan), arguing that the perceptions of the maritime expansion of the Iberians and the overseas territories they could rule changed significantly during those two decades.
While at the end of the 15th century, the main interests of both monarchies were clearly European (and the expansion of European territories under their rule), from the third decade of the 16th century onwards, the overseas ambitions of Portugal and Spain started to compete with the European ones.
These changes shaped the different perceptions of these two trips, as well as the ways how their memories (namely the memory of the nationality of Magalhães) and their archives were shaped.
Following this lecture, Xavier will conduct a course PRO 127 ‘The Government of Difference in the Portuguese Empire (15th-18 th centuries)’ from July 24 to August 1.
The one credit course is open for post-graduate students and to the general public. Admission online is available on the website of Goa University.