One of Yuste Foundation’s summer courses commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution

In order to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation organised the course “Portugal, 1974: Society, Culture, and Literature in the Carnation Revolution”, along with the University of Évora. The course will be held from the 2nd to the 4th of July at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste. It is part of the Campus Yuste training programme, which is framed within the 25th International Summer/Autumn Courses of the University of Extremadura. (1/07/2024).

The Carnation Revolution triggered profound democratic transformations in Portugal and helped consolidate the country’s progress within a broader context following its accession to the European Economic Community, now the European Union, in 1986. This event was significant not only for Portugal but also for Spain, which was still under Franco’s dictatorship at the time.

Over the course of three days, key experts in that era will analyse the democratic changes that emerged as a result of the Carnation Revolution and their impact on culture, literature, and communication, among other areas. From that moment on, the country began to open up to the world after several decades of dictatorship under the Estado Novo regime.

Some of these key figures include Carlos Reis, emeritus professor at the University of Coimbra; Pilar del Río, president of the Saramago Foundation; Encarna Lemus, professor of Contemporary History at the University of Huelva and National History Award winner; Fernando Martins, professor of Contemporary History at the University of Évora, along with other professors and experts.

The course will be attended by university students from Spain, Peru, Portugal, Mexico, Ecuador, China, and Turkey. They are currently studying at the following universities: Complutense University of Madrid, Norbert Wiener Private University (Peru), University of Évora (Portugal), University of Salamanca, Carlos III University, University of Porto (Portugal), University of Extremadura, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Central University of Ecuador, Rey Juan Carlos University, Pablo de Olavide University, and Mimar Sinan University (Turkey).

The opening will feature speeches by the ambassador of Portugal to Spain, João Mira Gomes; the ambassador of Spain to Portugal, Juan Fernández Trigo; the Ppresident of the Portuguese Academy of History and member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste, Manuela Mendonça; the vice-rector for Education and Pedagogical Innovation, Ana Paula Canavarro from the University of Évora; and the vice-rector for University Extension at the University of Extremadura, María Teresa Terrón Reynolds.

The course is directed by Antonio Sáez Delgado, professor of Iberian Literatures at the University of Évora and director of the chair of Iberian Studies, and Enrique Moradiellos, professor of Contemporary History at the University of Extremadura and member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste.