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Research Unit 281

Maria da Conceição Lopes

Scientific areas
Humanities and Arts - History and archaeology
Humanities and Arts - Arts (art history, dramatics, music)
Humanities and Arts - Other humanities

Archaeology, Arts, Architecture, Historical Urban Landscapes, Archeogeography, Cultural Heritage

Participant Institutions

Main Management Institution
Universidade de Coimbra (UC)
Largo da Porta Férrea - Faculdade Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
3000 - 530 Coimbra
e-mail: ceaucp@ci.uc.pt

Other(s) Management Institution(s)
Campo Arqueológico de Mértola (CAM)
Universidade do Algarve (UAlg)

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (IPV)
Universidade Aberta (UAberta)
Universidade do Algarve (UAlg)
Universidade de Évora (UE)
Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto (FBA/UP)
CÔA PARQUE - Fundação para a Salvaguarda e Valorização do Vale do Côa (FCP)
Direção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC)
Direção Regional de Cultura do Algarve (DRCAlg)
Sonae SGPS, S.A. (Sonae)

General description of the R&D Unit

CEAACP has, scientifically and institutionally, evolved from CEAUCP, a research unit created in 1993 by professors of the Universities of Coimbra (UC) and Porto (UP). From 2007 to 2013, CEAUCP started to host: Mertola's Archaeological Camp (CAM); a group of researchers in Art; researchers from the University of Évora, the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto, the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, the Open University; and researchers from different museums, municipalities and companies. These researchers made CEAUCP a multidisciplinary unity, working on Archaeology, Arts, Architecture and Heritage. In 2013, there was a major restructuration of CEAUCP, which also started to host researchers of the University of Algarve (UAlg). By then, the unity changes its name to CEAACP. Due institutional affairs, during 2014, some of the University of Porto's professors abandoned CEAACP. However, post-doc researchers kept working in the unit. Currently, CEAACP hosts 39 PHD researchers (4 post-doc fellowship), 22 PhD students (14 fellowship,) 3 BIC fellowship, 1 BCG fellowship and 27 Collaborators.

CEAACP is structured in 3 Management Unities (MA): UC, CAM e UAlg. These MA present a solidarity dynamics and UC is the main unity. Each MA allows the organization of researchers, caring of their institutional and research affairs. Each MA has a leader, elected by the members of the Board Direction, representing CEAACP's interests and projects in their institution. Above the MA leaders, there is a General Coordinator (GC). This GC is from the main MA, and has been elected by the Scientific Board (SB), in which all PhD researchers participates. The GC was elected after the discussion and definition of CEAACP's Strategic Project by the SB.

This flexible structure allows the circulation of information within the CEAACP's members from different MA's. It also challenges the members to participate within each other's activities, for example: in exhibitions, some of which demands strong collaborative dynamics involving directly local communities; the dissemination of knowledge as research develops; the co-organization of national and international scientific events; the publication of books and journals; the exchange of resources between projects to ensure the internationalization and sustainability of all the members, especially younger researchers (whose work has been innovating the research traditions).

This dynamic allowed the development of different activities, even without the FCT's funds, due the results of 2013's evaluation. In 2016, FCT and CEAACP agreed upon a Restructuring Program (RP). The RP has provided the conditions to rigorously test the dynamics of CEAACP's interinstitutional organization and to accurate the scientific strategy, in which has been promoted: a strong laboratory component, namely the use and application of new technologies in the acquisition, curation, analysis, and dissemination of data; the advanced training and the attraction of young researchers to national and international doctoral programs. The RP enabled to tune the mechanisms and the conditions to the accomplishment of interdisciplinary activities and assured the pertinence and the reinforcement of CEAACP's mission, both from a national and international perspective.

Between 2013 and 2017, CEAACP privileged 3 major areas: archives of the land, territories of arts and heritage practices, developing a multidisciplinary research between archaeology, arts, architecture and heritage. CEAACP's activities have a national and international impact, contributing to the dialogue between local and supra-local communities and promoting heritage as a spillover of knowledge, socio-economic development and cultural dialogue. These activities have been developed with or without FCT funds and have been reinforcing the relationships between CEAACP and different stakeholders. In the following years, CEAACP is keeping this research orientation, assuring its cultural, social and economic impact.

Research Project UIDP/00281/2020 and UIDB/00281/2020

Plan of Activities for 2018-2022

CEAACP is an interinstitutional body of research that brings together units at the University of Coimbra and Algarve and the Mértola Archaeological Camp, joined by a unique board of doctoral researchers from several institutions, providing the Unit with a superregional scale of representation and performance.

Deeply engaged in the production of intelligent, innovative and committed knowledge in the promotion of inclusive and creative societies, the U&D is a highly qualified structure to stimulate research on the past founded on Archeology, Art History, Architecture and Archeogeography and in valuing and promoting heritage as a lever to achieve qualified and sustainable development.

'Landscapes' and 'Contacts' are the keywords that blend and associate the investigation of the crosscutting thematic areas that the U&D privileges in this strategic project.

Landscape, in the global sense of territoriality framing the development of societies, whose approach encompasses reading the long-term temporal and spatial dynamics of the facts underlying its construction, lends to Archaeology and Art daring readings that overcome chronological-based analysis. It also highlights the present as a space-time entity, which inherits a long formation path invoking, practices of heritage preservation and valorisation.

Historical landscapes, assumed as contemporary territorial inheritances, constitute a superior object of multidisciplinary investigation, transcultural and transnational, while at the same time affirming themselves as a qualified heritage.

Contacts, in their cultural dimension, are phenomena enclosing a matrix which may be very diverse due to the conditions of greater or less freedom and spontaneity that characterize them and due to the geographies and the times in which they occur. Contacts are protagonists of robust processes of cultural dynamics, in that unthinking phenomena of hybridization assume a relevant role in understanding the new expressions of cultural identity of mixed nature. Its limited representation in historiography calls to draw upon the archives of the earth to write the history of men, which was disregarded by writing and by the cultural transit that it did not contemplate. In the context of world reconfiguration, notably in Europe, an integrated historical understanding of cultural contacts contributes significantly to integration and inclusion policies.

Urban historical landscapes and rivers as cultural infrastructures are superior contexts for comparative and multidisciplinary approaches, in which culture and the environment intersect in an active complement of contemporary sustainability in association with communities.

Heritage is intrinsically and consistently accomplice in this association. Discernment what man built over time is an inheritance that belongs to the present and that of which he is collectively heir and faithful custodian, is a requirement of coherence to enhance the development in the service of the communities