“Epidemiological outbreaks in overseas spaces” interview with Amélia Polónia

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"Epidemiological outbreaks in overseas spaces" interview with Amélia Polónia

What relationship existed between travel and epidemic outbreaks? What diseases did Europeans carry to the new worlds, and which did they encounter in those overseas territories? What paths of historiographical research are yet to be taken?

Amélia Polónia, current scientific coordinator of the Center for Transdisciplinary Research Culture, Space and Memory and professor at the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, is the one who answers these questions. A specialist in the History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion and the History of European Colonization, she is recognized for her work in the fields of Colonial Studies, Port History, and Gender Studies. Amélia Polónia participates in this initiative to talk about “Epidemiological outbreaks in overseas spaces”.

The interview can be seen through the following link:


The remaining interviews of this initiative can be found on CITCEM’s Youtube channel.

The podcast version of this interview and others within this initiative, will be available through Casa Comum at the University of Porto.

We invite the entire scientific community to participate in this initiative. Those interested should contact CITCEM ( or send an e-mail to