Researcher
Bruno Madeira
Biographical note

Guest Assistant Professor at the Department of History of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho (ICS/UM) since September 2020. He was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of History and Political and International Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto. He teaches in the areas of contemporary political history, contemporary history of Portugal, history of the present, research methodologies, and material and immaterial cultural heritage.
He has been a Member of the Transdisciplinary Research Center “Culture, Space and Memory” (CITCEM) since 2015. He is, since 2020, an integrated researcher in this R&D unit, being part of the research group Transaction Values/Values in Transition.
He did all his training at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, where, in 2014, he completed his BA in History; in 2016, his MA in Contemporary History; and, in 2020, his PhD in History. Her Master’s thesis focused on the birth, ideas, publications, and evolution of the Portuguese environmental movement between 1974 and 1985. The dissertation was published, in 2018, by CITCEM and Edições Afrontamento.
Her PhD thesis was funded by a grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and focused on the study of ideas, narratives, worldviews, and representations of the Portuguese radical right in the first decade of Portuguese democracy (1974-1985). The thesis received, in 2021, an honorable mention in the Victor de Sá Contemporary History Prize.
His main lines of research focus on the study of the radical right, fascism, neo-fascism and post-fascism in their ideological, discursive and programmatic dimensions. It also investigates, within the framework of the history of the present time, neoliberalism and austerity as forms of political, economic, cultural, and moral government. He is particularly interested in the study of the press and its centrality and participation in political-ideological discussions, as well as issues related to poverty, marginalization, inequality, and socio-spatial segregation. More recently, he has made approaches to colonial and postcolonial history, notably the ideological genealogy of African liberation movements and photography as an instrument of colonial domination. All his work is based on transdisciplinarity, mobilizing contributions, concepts, and methods from history, sociology, philosophy, communication sciences, and political science – an indispensable approach to any reflection on the history of ideas and culture.