Sílvia teaches, supervises and researched the Contemporary History of Portugal and Europe, focusing on the conflicts of the twentieth century and their cultural effects from a comparative and transnational perspective. She is engaged in history & memory, cultural memory, trauma and nostalgia debates and on critical and postcolonial theories of violence.
Since 2013, she has been a Professor at Instituto de História – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and an associate researcher at the Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC) – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal).
She has defended her PhD dissertation entitled “The politics of memory of the First World War in Portugal, 1918-1933: Between experience and myth”, in 2011, at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and in 2015 had it published as a book by a nationally recognized, non-academic, publishing house in Portugal. Between 2009 and 2011, she supervised the creation of the Oral History Archive of the Portuguese Workers General Confederation, founded by the European Union. In 2012, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University (USA). Since completing her postdoctoral research (2012-2013), developed at the IHC and at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University (USA), she had been working on the Political memory of the Portuguese Colonial War and the Algerian War – a comparative perspective. Her new and ongoing research project is titled “Representation and Limit: Memories of the Portuguese Experience in World War I” and seeks to produce an in-depth, critical analysis, of the experience of the First World War in Europe and Africa as narrated/represented by Portuguese soldiers.
She has numerous publications among which is book: Tempos e espaços de violência: a Primeira Guerra Mundial, a desconstrução dos limites e o início de uma era. Rio de Janeiro: Autografia/PPGHIS, 2019, and one of the numerous articles she has published include the “(In)complete Citizens: First World War Portuguese Disabled Soldiers and the Construction of Group Identity. In: Matos, T. et all.. (Org.). War Hecatomb International Effects on Public Health, Demography and Mentalities in the 20th Century. Bern: Peter Lang, 2019, p. 160-178. (ORCHID ( iD: 0000-0001-6118-4673)