Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Luandino Vieira’s Prison Papers gathered in a new digital archive. “Most of José Luandino Vieira’s fictional work was written during the 12 years in which he was imprisoned following his political activity in pursuit of Angolan independence…. During his imprisonment, Luandino Vieira produced 17 notebooks composed of diary entries, correspondence, postcards, drawings, popular songs, literary sketches, translation exercises, sayings, texts in Kimbundu, news clippings and notes.” Direct link to the archive because I had a hard time finding it: https://luandino.ces.uc.pt/index.php?&id_lingua=2 . (This link goes to the English version of the site.)
Institute of Contemporary History (Portugal): Digital Archive On The History Of The Portuguese Maimed By War
Institute of Contemporary History (Portugal): Digital Archive On The History Of The Portuguese Maimed By War. “This week saw the launch of the digital archive ‘Os Mutilados da Guerra (1914-1918): reavivar uma memória’ [The War Maimed (1914-1918): Reviving a Memory], which aims to ‘work as a starting point for the study and dissemination of the history of the Portuguese maimed in the First World War’.” The site is in Portuguese but Google Translate worked fine. As you might expect some of these images are very disturbing; I didn’t go past the thumbnails.
Reuters: EU regulators widen Google adtech probe to include Portuguese case. “EU antitrust regulators have broadened the scope of their investigation into Alphabet unit Google’s digital advertising business by taking over the Portuguese competition watchdog’s probe into the same issue.”
Phys .org: Largest database on mammals in Portugal now available. “The new public database includes 105,026 records of 92 species of terrestrial and marine mammals from 1873 to 2021 (of which 72% correspond to the period between 2000 and 2021).”
MyHeritage Blog: 22 Historical Record Collections Added in June 2022. “We are proud to announce that we added 22 record collections with 12.8 million historical records from across the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Ukraine.”
Times of Israel: National Library finds rare 18th-century text detailing Portuguese Inquisition. “An 18th-century document detailing the activities of the Portuguese Inquisition, which punished people for upholding Jewish traditions and committing other transgressions, has been found by the National Library of Israel and made available online, the library announced.”
e-flux Architecture: The Digital Building: Casa da Arquitectura. “Portuguese Centre for Architecture is delighted to announce the launch of the Digital Building on May 13, in a presentation event that will be broadcast online…. The Digital Building is a set of three online platforms that will make available, free of charge and in a bilingual version—Portuguese and English—progressive access to scanned materials from the collections and estates of architects such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Lucio Costa, among many others.”
Associated Press: Cruise Ship Carrying Over 4,000 Passengers Held in Lisbon Amid Covid-19 Outbreak. “A cruise ship carrying over 4,000 people has been held in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak infected crew members, the German news agency dpa reported Saturday.”
Reuters: Portugal cuts COVID-19 isolation from 10 days to seven. “Portugal on Thursday cut the mandatory isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic from 10 days to seven, even as new infections hit record highs. The move, which also applies to high-risk contacts, came after health experts urged the government to rethink its policy amid concerns that the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and lengthy quarantines could paralyse the country.”
BBC: Omicron variant: 13 Belenenses players and staff test positive for new variant. “Thirteen players at Portuguese club Belenenses, whose match against Benfica was abandoned in farcical scenes on Saturday, have tested positive for the Covid variant Omicron – accounting for every case currently in the country. A Covid-19 outbreak meant only nine Belenenses players started against Benfica with the match called off in the second half when injuries reduced their team to six.”
New York Times: In Portugal, There Is Virtually No One Left to Vaccinate. “Portugal’s health care system was on the verge of collapse. Hospitals in the capital, Lisbon, were overflowing and the authorities were asking people to treat themselves at home. In the last week of January, nearly 2,000 people died as the virus spread. The country’s vaccine program was in a shambles, so the government turned to Vice Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo, a former submarine squadron commander, to right the ship. Eight months later, Portugal is among the world’s leaders in vaccinations, with roughly 86 percent of its population of 10.3 million fully vaccinated. ”
Digital capacity building in the cultural heritage sector: the Portuguese Presidency Europeana conference (Europeana Pro)
Europeana Pro: Digital capacity building in the cultural heritage sector: the Portuguese Presidency Europeana conference. “On 3-4 June, Europeana and the National Library of Portugal hosted an online conference in partnership with Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on building capacity for the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector. In this post, we tell you all about the event.”
Hyperallergic: The Enchanting Visuals of Portuguese Fish Tins. “The idiosyncratic visual culture of Portugal’s tinned foods industry is the subject of Conservas de Portugal, an online museum featuring more than 40,000 entries including fish tin designs, labels, photographs, and more. Its collection is curated by CAN THE CAN, a restaurant in Lisbon associated with the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish (ANICP).”
New-to-me, from Culinary Backstreets: Projecto Matéria: Putting Portugal’s “Tomato Whisperer” On the Map. “[Hortelão do Oeste] is by no means a secret – it supplies tomatoes and peppers to some of the best restaurants in Lisbon. The brothers’ produce is so good that it has earned them a place in João Rodrigues’ Projecto Matéria, an online database that promotes Portuguese farmers and celebrates them as fundamental elements of Portuguese culture.” The site is in Portuguese, but translates without issue. The writeups I looked at were extensive and y’all, the photography.