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The Carnation Revolution between African Anti-colonialism and European Rebellion


22nd-23rd May, 2014


School of Arts

Birkbeck, University of London

Room B04, 43 Gordon Square

Forty years on, the 1974-75 revolutionary process in Portugal has become the object of historical interest, after decades of being caught between the poles of celebration and controversy. The commemoration of the Revolution’s fortieth anniversary in 2014 may, in this sense, represent an important landmark in the historical studies of an extremely complex event, with direct roots in the African anti-colonial struggles, close affinities with other European processes of social rebellion, and mobilising many different political ideologies and activists both in Portugal and abroad.


In the last two decades several scholarly works have moved debate about the Revolution on from the memories of those directly involved and into new lines of inquiry, particularly through political history and comparative political science. However, the shift from protagonists to professional historians and other academics has often meant a circumscription of the object of study exclusively to its institutional and military aspects. More recently, research on the Revolution has started exploring new questions, and connecting it to broader processes, establishing stronger international links (particularly in relation to African anticolonialism) and focusing on the everyday of the revolutionary process, its ideas and practices. In this context, this conference will be an opportunity to interrogate the already existing state of the art on the 1974-75 revolutionary process, while simultaneously opening new perspectives on the topic.









Ros Gray

(Goldsmiths, University of London)

Rui Lopes

(IHC, UNL; LSE Ideas)

José Neves


Ricardo Noronha


Pedro Ramos Pinto

(Cambridge University)

Luís Trindade

(Birkbeck, University of London)





Keynote speakers:


Hilary Owen

(University of Manchester)



Odd Arne Westad

(London School of Economics)


This Conference will address the intense social mobilisation and international forms of activism triggered by the Portuguese Revolution, including the event’s wider linkages to the radical moment of the long 1960s, the cold war, African anti-Imperialism, and the memory of Revolution in the twentieth-century at large.


I'João Abel Manta

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies

International Conference

Registration is free but essential - book your place here


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