The Centre for Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho (CEHUM) is a research unit of the School of Arts and Humanities (ELACH). It was founded in 1994, presenting the continuity, and adaptation to new contexts, of the Centre for Portuguese Studies (CEP), founded in 1980 and focusing on the areas of Theory of Literature and Portuguese Literature and Linguistics. The mission of CEHUM is not only to continue research in these areas, but also to welcome new areas in articulation with the educational and other projects of ELACH, having adopted a multidisciplinary approach in the field of studies of the Humanities.
Currently, CEHUM integrates research in the areas of Literature, Linguistics, Culture, Arts (Music and Theatre) and Philosophy (Aesthetics and Philosophy of Arts). In 2017, the Political Philosophy research group, which had developed its activities within CEHUM, was organized into an autonomous research unit (CEPS).
The members of CEHUM carry out their activities within mono and multidisciplinary research groups, with the central objective of developing fundamental and competitive research, with national and international impact, in the various fields of the Humanities. The main vectors of accomplishment and research are the studies on migrations and marginalization, gender and arts, post-colonial studies and identity issues (human, animal, machine), which are articulated with fundamental and applied research in performing arts (Theatre and Music), intermedial poetics and the interarts, seeking to enhance the experience of its researchers in the mentioned fields. The multidisciplinary teams ensure the cohesion of CEHUM in its diversity, fostering dynamics of cooperation between researchers from different areas.
The multidisciplinary approach coexists with in-depth monodisciplinary research, with a central focus on theoretical and experimental linguistics, including areas of syntax, morphology, phonetics, bilingualism and language acquisition, discourse analysis and pragmatics, as well as lexicography and the history of language. The research group dedicated to Portuguese and Lusophone literature is also a continuation of CEHUM’s seminal essence. Emerging areas of the centre, with new work that has had national and international impact in recent years, include the Digital Humanities, Asian Studies and Performance Studies, with a particular emphasis on innovation, epistemological problematics of research-creation and on research-supported artistic practices for human development.
In addition to the approximate 75 integrated doctoral researchers, CEHUM includes a significant number of junior researchers, with a progressive expansion of the number of young researchers with doctoral or post-doctoral grants, who contribute significantly to the dynamics of the centre. CEHUM also counts with the external collaboration of a large number of researchers, members of other national and international centres. Most of the CEHUM members participate in international networks or projects (with special emphasis on cross-border cooperation with Galicia). This dynamic cooperation has allowed CEHUM to position itself at the forefront of the development of fundamental and multidisciplinary research in the Humanities, which is recognised not only by the national community but also internationally.
The work carried out around national and international projects is complemented and disseminated through the regular organization of seminars, colloquia, conferences and summer schools. CEHUM publishes the scientific journal Diacrítica (with three issues per year since 2003 and indexed in Scopus since 2020), and two monographic series (the collections Hespérides and Poliedro), as well as a large number of proceedings (of which those of the Autumn Colloquium stand out) and anthologies of theoretical texts in Portuguese. Within the scope of the research groups’ work, CEHUM also publishes the journals 2i | Identity and Intermediality Studies (G2i) and H2D: Journal of Digital Humanities (GHD). ELACH has an excellent specialised library, which includes a special section of rare books. Having recently undergone a process of restructuring and enlargement, it continues its bibliographic updating in the field of the Humanities.