Postdoc / Marie Curie Fellow
Márcia Gonçalves is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute for History and specialises in the history of modern European colonialism (19th-20th Centuries).
Fields of interest
Márcia Gonçalves specialises in the history of modern European colonialism (19th-20th Centuries). She obtained her PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in 2015 with a dissertation on national identity and empire in Portugal in the 1930s and 1940s. She currently holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at Leiden University. Her research interests are European and world history from a transnational and trans-imperial perspective, in particular the links between ideas of Europeanness, racial thought, and belonging from the late nineteenth century onward.
From 1 February 2022, she will develop the project GRADIENTS. Funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (MSCA-IF, Grant No 101032093 ), this project will explore what it meant to be European in colonial Africa where identification as European often did not depend on skin colour and was understood on a spectrum with many gradients. Moving away from approaches centred in nation-based empires and arguing for a transnational approach centred in interactions and connections between actors in the colonies, it takes the Portuguese in the Congo Free State as a point of departure. It will bring nuance into discussions of colonial European identities that usually focus on Northern Europe as the only cradle and norm of ‘Europeanness’ and shed light on the (dis)continuities of imperialism in Africa.
Gonçalves, Márcia (2021), “The Scramble for Africa reloaded? Portugal, European colonial claims, and the distribution of colonies in the 1930s”, Contemporary European History, 30: 1, 2-15 — Winner of the Contemporary European History Prize 2019
Gonçalves, Márcia (2018), “Of peasants and settlers: ideals of Portugueseness, imperial nationalism and European settlement in Africa, c.1930–c.1945”, European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire, 25:1, 166-186 — Winner of the A.H. de Oliveira Marques Prize 2019
Grants and awards
• 2023: Humanities Faculty Fund for Research Collaboration – SEED Money
• 2022-2025: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowship, European Commission.
• 2020: Contemporary European History Prize 2019 for the best article in the journal Contemporary European History by an early career researcher.
• 2019: A.H. de Oliveira Marques Prize 2019 for the best article or book chapter on Portuguese history published in 2018 awarded by the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (ASPHS).
• 2009-2013: Doctoral grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for the project Beyond the Imperial Mystique (at the European University Institute)
• 2008-2011: Doctoral grant from the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the project Beyond the Imperial Mystique (at the European University Institute).
- Gonçalves M.A. (29 March 2023), Rethinking boundaries, questioning categories: reflections on cross-imperial history and constructions of Europeanness in the age of empire (Lecture). Geneva.
- Gonçalves M.A. (21 November 2022), On the Boundaries of European History: Writing the History of European Colonialism in the Twenty-First Century. Why Europe, Which Europe? A Debate on Contemporary European History as a Field of Research. [blog entry].
- Gonçalves M.A. (2022), Review of: Merkel I. (2020) Brazilian race relations, French social scientists, and African decolonization: a transatlantic history of the idea of miscegenation, H-Diplo : 1106.
- Gonçalves M.A. (2021), The Scramble for Africa Reloaded? Portugal, European Colonial Claims and the Distribution of Colonies in the 1930s, Contemporary European History 30(1): 2-15.
- Gonçalves M.A. (2017), Of peasants and settlers: ideals of Portugueseness, imperial nationalism and European settlement in Africa,c.1930–c.1945, European Review of History 25(1): 166-186.
- Gonçalves M.A. (2013), Review of: Thomas M. (2012) Vol. 1. the French colonial mind: mental maps of empire and colonial encounters/Vol. 2. the French colonial mind: violence, military encounters, and colonialism, European Review of History 20(2): 329-332.
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