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CES em CENA 59

CES facing the future

Between February 2019 and January 2022 major changes have happened at CES. These three years were shaped by a significant shift, namely a major reorganization of the scientific structures of the Centre. This restructure was preceded by a democratic, internal evaluation of the consolidated and emergent areas of research. The previous “Research Groups” were transformed into 5 “Thematic Lines” – (Semi)peripheral Capitalism: Crises and Alternatives; Rule of Law and Democracy at a Crossroads; Europe and the Global South: Heritages and Dialogues; Risk(s), Ecology and Public Health; and Urban Cultures, Sociabilities and Participation – simultaneously strengthening interdisciplinarity and bringing together the research activities and advanced training around cluster-themes across CES. This triennium also saw the growth and consolidation of working groups, an example of bottom-up academic dynamics at CES.

In parallel, strategic reflections identified some areas that needed support, such as the urgency of improving the way CES communicates its research results to a broader audience, as well as the importance of promoting dialogues on knowledge production, bringing together civic society and academics committed to struggles for dignity, a more just society, social transformation and the valorization of progressive alternatives. Part of the CES doctoral programmes have undergone transformations, signaling the urgency to launch a reflection on the global academic formative offer in order to create synergies and greater coherence between the doctoral programmes, strengthening them. Another important change has been a significant increase in online advanced training, simultaneously a reflection of the pandemic circumstances and acquired or improved skills during this period, as well as the growing recognition of its potential and strategic importance. Still in line with the restructuring of CES, and as a way towards strengthening internal academic reflection, the Presidency of the CES Scientific Board promoted a colloquium to stimulate a wide debate on inter/transdisciplinarity, involving the arts, the social sciences, the humanities and the relationship of modern science with the knowledge produced by citizens and social movements across the world. This colloquium, which took place in January 2022, mirrored the varied experiences of inter- and transdisciplinary work in which CES is involved, while opening up the scope to deepen reflection about CES academic goals, altogether contributing to strengthening the research and advanced training practices of its researchers.

This restructuring was a result of collective work, with much discussion, involving the whole community, in CES’ democratic tradition. This new stage of the CES scientific structure aims to adapt the Research Centre to a shifting world and its everchanging scientific and political agendas, while also reinforcing the need to touch base with the groundbreaking research already being done in emerging research fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Maria Paula Meneses
Vice-President of the Scientific Board
(Feb. 2019-Jan. 2022)

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