Author Archives: José Pedro Monteiro

About José Pedro Monteiro

José Pedro Monteiro is a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Center—University of Minho. He is currently working on an individual research project focusing on the dynamics and politics of citizenship in Portuguese late colonialism. His main research interests are related to the histories of late colonialism and decolonization, international institutions, and the logics of late colonial “social citizenship.” In 2018 he published the book Portugal e a Questão do Trabalho Forçado: Um Império sob Escrutínio (Edições 70). He has authored several articles and book chapters on labor history and on the history of “social citizenship” in the Portuguese colonial empire. He is the Principal Investigator of the research project “Humanity Internationalized: cases, dynamics and comparisons (1945–1980),” funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

“Colonialism on trial”: International and Transnational Organizations and the “Global South” Challenges to the Portuguese Empire (1949–1962)

Abstract: The United Nations was a dynamic “force field” for international and transnational cooperation and a forum for consequential, transformative interactions between the “West” and the “Global South.” This article focuses on the role played by alliances and solidarity networks, formed by a plurality of actors with diverse agendas, that systematically questioned the Portuguese empire-state’s legitimacy and mobilized the languages of self-determination, human rights, and non-discrimination. As the article concludes, these historical dynamics concurred for important legal and political changes within the Portuguese imperial formation Continue reading → Continue reading →