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Presentation of “The Algarve in trance – The crazy 60s and 70s in Portimão”, by Maria João Raminhos Duarte

April 24


As part of the program of the fiftieth anniversary of the 25th of April, the book “The Algarve in trance – The crazy 60s and 70s in Portimão” will be launched on the 24th, at 6:00 pm, at the Museum of Portimão.

According to the author, Maria João Raminhos Duarte, “this publication aims to commemorate, without ideological prurience or resentment, the 25th of April 1974, in Portimão, what preceded it and what followed it. (…) To create a just memory of these times, it is necessary to remember them, study them and make them known.

What we intend to demonstrate is that Portimão, due to its particular characteristics, anticipated many of the changes that occurred after the Carnation Revolution in the field of values and in the way of life of the Portimonenses throughout the 60s and 70s.

Thus, Portimão is a true paradigm of these times in trance. (…)”

Maria João Raminhos Duarte, who holds a PhD in History from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, has a vast curriculum, with published articles and conferences on contemporary local and regional history in the Algarve, namely on the canning industries, the cork and canning workers’ movement, Algarve regionalism, the institution of the Estado Novo, the opposition to the Estado Novo, women’s movements, education and assistance, the implementation of the democratic regime, as well as numerous and relevant biographical contributions to the Algarve’s Contemporary History. She is currently researching the Jewish community of the Algarve, its exodus and relevance in the Holocaust. She was a member of the Study Group on Labour and Social Conflicts, as an integrated PhD at the Institute of Contemporary History/Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. She is part of the “Uses of the Past” Group, of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, and is a trainer accredited by the Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuing Education of the University of Minho. He has been teaching in public schools for 38 years, teaching in Portimão at the E.B. 2,3 Eng. Nuno Mergulhão School, coordinating the “UNESCO” school.

This launch is promoted by the Municipality of Portimão through the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Municipal Library.


April 24

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