The thematic sector of Modern and Colonial History is organized around the historiographic debate about the economy, mechanisms of power, social structures, and the mentalities of the Ancien Regime, with an emphasis on the characteristics of the Portuguese. The following themes are privileged, based on the program’s lines of research:

Economy and Society: colonial slavery; structure and dynamics of colonial economies;

Power and Society: governing, judicial, and corporative institutions in the Iberian and colonial worlds; tensions and permanence in the metropoles and colonies; relations between the Crown and the colonies / subjects / vassals; indigenous cultures in colonial situations; Africa and African diasporas; conceptions of nature, wealth, power, political action, knowledge, and religion, between tradition and modernity.