“A Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories”: Performing Oral Histories of the Portuguese Dictatorship and Revolution

  • Joana Craveiro
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


“A Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories” is a set of seven performance-lectures that challenge official, unofficial, and personal narratives of three key moments in Portugal’s twentieth-century history: (1) the Portuguese New State Dictatorship that lasted for 41 years, from 1933 to 19741; (2) the 25th of April Revolution, the coup that toppled this dictatorship in 19742; and (3) the popular revolutionary process during 1974-1975, known as the Ongoing Revolutionary Process (or PREC).3 My aim in creating this performance is to examine the relationship between past events and the way we remember them in the present, especially when looking at the recent commemorations in Portugal of the coup’s fortieth anniversary. How these commemorations unfolded and the prolific production of representations and narratives that accompanied them provided important source materials for this project.


Oral History Audience Member Transitional Justice State Repression State Dictatorship 
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