Lectured in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Economics of UC, this course fully inscribes itself in the mission of both the involved institutions: the construction of knowledge pertaining to the human being, in time and space, to memory, to languages and discourses, to their respective social uses and their political dimension, including a continuous reflection on the constitution, possibilities and limits of that knowledge, in the framework of new epistemological and institutional relationships.

Bringing together the accumulated experience over the successive editions of the programme “Languages and Heterodoxies: History, Poetics and Social Practices”, of which this is a new reformulated and enriched version with the institutionalisation of the partnership with the area of Sociology of the Faculty of Economics, the current programme is based on a dialogue between cultures and fields of knowledge, as well as the internationalization of research. It clearly benefits, in this respect, from the prestige of the Faculty of Arts and the Humanities, as well as from the excellency of its welcoming institution, the Centre for Social Studies – Associate Laboratory, of which most of the teaching staff is affiliated as researchers.


To develop and promote advanced knowledge, from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective, including the fields of Literary and Cultural Studies, Contemporary History, and Sociology of Culture, to an analysis applied to the observation of and the reflection on discourse problematics in its relation to contemporary practices. It is in the interplay of discourses and other practices that what is referred to as the “real” is socially and poetically (poising as the making of) constructed: history, art, identities, forms of power.
After completion, students should have acquired extensive knowledge on specific issues of the contemporaneous and the contemporary discursive practices, but above all they should have demonstrated their ability to carry on an autonomous research on a topic approached from the point of view of transversality and complexity.
Training of the capacity to develop and offer specialized knowledge to the community in the domains of Literary and Cultural Studies, Contemporary History and the Sociology of Culture, namely regarding a) critical discourse analysis, b) critical recognition of representations of the past and the present, c) reflection on social intervention and participation, and the practice of citizenship and, d) in general, the development of epistemological tools for a reflection on the diverse aspects of the contemporary.

The (very) positive reciprocity I share with this PhD Programme and its staff and students, potentiates a (de)construction of discourses through languages that overly question histories, cultures and societies.

José Eduardo Lopes Gonçalves, 2nd year (Portugal)