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My doctoral dissertation deals with historiographical depictions of the encounter between Christianity and Islam in late medieval Portugal (late thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). Approaching medieval chronicles and genealogies as literary representations and active social practices, I examine how the portrayals of the war against Islam not only served for the political legitimization of royalty and aristocracy, but also provided them with a raison d’être, a social usefulness. I am particularly interested in how culture – in this case, historiography – can be used as an ideological tool to justify, reinforce, reproduce, or transform an existing social order.

Education

PhD Candidate at the Department of European and World History of the University of Turku (Finland)

Master in History of the Middle Ages by the University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Bachelor in Archeology and History by the University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Other Publications

“Mixed Marriages, Moorish Vices and Military Betrayals: Christian-Islamic Confluence in Count D. Pedro’s Book of Lineages”, submitted for publication in Minorities and Interfaith Relations in Medieval Iberia, part of the series The History of Medieval Iberia, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

“Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Portuguese Chronicles: Political Uses of the Memories of the Reconquista and D. Afonso Henriques”, in Transcultural Encounters, eds. Kari Alenius and Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Studia Historica Septentrionalia 75, Rovaniemi,  Historical Association of Northern Finland, 2015, pp. 229-242.

“Chronicle-Composition in Medieval Portugal: A General Outline”, Mirator, 15:1 (2014), Helsinki, Glossa ry.

“Os feitos de D. Fuas Roupinho na Crónica de 1419”, Revista Portuguesa de História, Tomo 43 (2012), pp. 91-104.

“Contributos para a história medieval de Almeida e do seu castelo (séculos VIII-XIII)”, CEAMA- Revista do Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura Militar de Almeida, Almeida, Câmara Municipal de Almeida, 2012, pp. 60-75.

As metamorfoses de um guerreiro: Afonso Henriques na cronística medieval, Master’s dissertation, Coimbra: [s.n.], 2011.

PAPERS PRESENTED IN ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

The Archother: Muslim Otherness in Fourteenth-Century Portuguese Aristocratic Genealogical Memory”, research paper presented in the workshop Muhammad and Islam in Medieval Christian Cultural Memory, Helsinki, 14.10.2017

“Shifting Otherness: Aristocratic Notions of Alterity in Fourteenth-Century Portugal”, research paper presented in the International Medieval Congress 2017, Leeds, 3-6 July 2017.

“Intercultural Marriages and Moorish Vices: Christian-Islamic Confluence in Count D. Pedro’s Book of Lineages”, research paper presented in the symposium Historians of Medieval Iberia: Enemies and Friends, Stockholm, 14-16 March 2016.

“The Conflict against Islam in Medieval Portuguese Genealogical Literature: a War of Expansion or Restoration?”, research paper presented in the International Medieval Congress 2015, Leeds, 6-9 July 2015.

“The Past in Service to Lineage: The War against Islam in Medieval Portuguese Aristocratic Genealogical Literature”, research paper presented in the international conference Nobility Reconsidered: New Perspectives on the European Aristocracy, Jyväskylä, June 10-12, 2015.

“Christians and Moors in the Medieval Portuguese Chronicles: Political Uses of the Memories of the Reconquista and D. Afonso Henriques”, research paper presented in the Transcultural Encounters Symposium, Oulu, Finland, December 12-13, 2013.

“Chronicle-Composition in Medieval Portugal: A General Outline”, research paper presented in the conference Dies Medievales 2012: “Books, Writing, and Literary Culture in Medieval Europe”, Turku, Finland, 26-27 October 2012.

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