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CES em CENA 57

Editorial

The call for the acquisition or renewal of the status of associate laboratory, launched in 2020 by the Ministry of Science, has imposed upon CES the need for an extended strategic reflection. This reflection, in the wake of a process of thorough internal assessment previously initiated in 2019 by the Scientific Board, provided the basis for an application which was fully successful, having been very highly graded by the evaluation panel. Although the expectations of an adequate increase in public funding were not fulfilled, and, correspondingly, several goals had to be heavily downgraded, namely the hiring of additional full-time researchers, CES is now facing the task of implementing the ambitious plan of action set up in the contract pending signature with FCT.

CES has defined five main thematic lines as the core of its strategy for the next ten years:

  1. (Semi)peripheral Capitalism: Crises and Alternatives (coordinated by José Reis), with the goal of examining major socioeconomic transformations of capitalist societies over the last half-century, with a special focus on the vulnerable position of (semi)peripheral countries in the world economy;
  2. Rule of Law and Democracy at a Crossroads (coordinated by Ana Cristina Santos), focused on the examination of the socio-legal and political regulation of specific forms of domination and emancipation that shape diverse and often competing understandings of democracy, human rights, and social justice;
  3. Europe and the Global South: Heritages and Dialogues (coordinated by Margarida Calafate Ribeiro), offering an alternative and innovative vision of contemporary European history and culture, paying attention to late imperialism, decolonization, and postcolonial legacies;
  4. Risk(s), Ecology and Public Health (coordinated by José Manuel Mendes), directed towards an ecology of preparedness based on the identification and assessment of vulnerable territories, populations, activities, and systems that are vital to sustain social life, health, and environment and the infrastructures that enable sustainability; and
  5. Urban Cultures, Sociabilities and Participation (coordinated by Nancy Duxbury), focusing on urban cultures, will explore developments and dynamics in society as they have evolved and play out in urban contexts, from everyday life habits to new mobilities, from tourism deregulation to mandatory new public health rules, from literary interpellation to socio-legal claims, from urban transformations to sustainable development.

These five research lines have been specifically designed as major transdisciplinary, dynamic clusters, transversal to the whole of CES, bringing together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds around a consolidated, highly relevant research problem and a range of closely related topics. Their essentially dynamic, open structure will provide an ample space for innovative research and for an array of initiatives, following on the footsteps of long-established practices at CES, as well as offering the opportunity for attaining ever more ambitious goals.

António Sousa Ribeiro, Director

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