Founded in 2013, with generous gift from the Saab Family Fund, the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies promotes the multidisciplinary study of the language, literature and culture of the vast and varied Portuguese speaking world comprised of over 250 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.
Rui Gomes Coelho
After the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), groups of anti-Francoist guerrillas took refuge in the hills of Galicia, Spain, and along the border with Trás-os-Montes, Portugal. When the Portuguese and Spanish dictatorships sent the military to hunt down the insurgents throughout the 1940s, the villagers of places such as Repil, Lugo and Cambedo, Chaves were persecuted, sent to jail, and stigmatized for several decades. The lecture examines the battles of Cambedo (1946) and Repil (1949), and contextualizes them in the larger process of rural resistance to state formation, and border enforcement in the north of Portugal and central Galicia.
Rui Gomes Coelho, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. He is also Researcher at UNIARQ—Center for Archaeology—at the University of Lisbon.
A lecture presented by The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the UMass Lowell Department of History.
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