CEI-IUL is among the research units involved in the publication of the Portuguese Journal of Social Science (PJSS). The PJSS is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that features research on issues related to Portuguese society and is indexed on Scopus and Web of Science and available on EBSCO and on b-on.
PJSS number 16.01 contains a special dossier entitled “History of Science: Re(opening) New Paths”, edited by Maria de Fátima Nunes and Luís Miguel Carolino. The special dossier is divided in five articles that look into different aspects of what the editors refer to as a “rediscovery of new approaches in the history of science”, in an effort to reaffirm this area in the scientific field of social sciences.
The first article in this special dossier was written by Lorelai Kury and focuses on the knowledge about circulation and acclimatization of exotic plants in Brasil in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, largely dependent on the French colonial network and on the classification work of French naturalist Auguste de Saint-Hilaire.
The second article, authored by Luís Miguel Carolino, delves into issues related to the scientific development of the Portuguese Empire and the “militarization” of science in that context as a consequence of the structural crisis the Portuguese empire went through during the eighteenth century.
In the third article of this series, José Pedro Sousa Dias looks at the theory and practice on behalf of the medical community and elites surrounding the universe of medicinal waters and hydrotherapy in eighteen century Portugal.
The fourth article, written by Isabel Malaquias, studies the development, production, and dissemination of scientific instruments of different kinds in the eighteen century, and the latter’s contribution to the improvement and spread of scientific knowledge across Europe.
Finally, the fifth article of the special dossier, written by Quintino Lopes, explores the creation and practices of the Portuguese National Education Board in the late 1920’s, and the latter’s role in renewing scientific, educational, and economic policies in Portugal.
Articles and an Interview
In addition to the special dossier, two individual articles were also published in this issue of the PJSS.
In the first of these individual articles, author Pavel Szobi explores the activities of the exiled Portuguese opposition in Czechoslovakia during the New State government and the interactions between this opposition and the local communist regime.
In the second individual article Carina Vieira da Silva, José Lino Costa, José Lima Santos, together with Lívia Madureira write about public perceptions the concept of nature conservation, in an effort to improve public communication and awareness of science.
An interview with John Darwin – Professor of Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford, fellow of Nuffield College and of the British Academy, and director of the Oxford Centre for Global History – carried out by Pedro Aires Oliveira and Teresa Pinto Coelho on the subject of empires and global history wraps up this issue of the PJSS.
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