FCT

R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Sociologia, Antropologia, Demografia e Geografia

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Tradições Populares Portuguesas [SOC-LVT-Lisboa-298] visitada em 25/10/2007

Classificação: Fair

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
Over the years, the Centro de Tradições Populares Portuguesas has collected a unique collection of material. To preserve this unique material high priority must be set on adequate conservation as well its being made available for future generations’ research. Digitalizing where possible, copying where necessary and fireproof storage is of the utmost necessity and urgency.
The panel would underline that this unit can count on very dedicated people, who do an excellent work in collecting and classifying material that belongs to the cultural heritage of Portugal. However, there are some major weaknesses which seriously limit the strictly scientific performance of this unit.
Presently, there is a lack of analytical perspective and of a cogent plan to exploit the richness of the material collected and classified. Some ideas were proposed to answer the questions of the members of the panel on this point – identity, collective memory, the ideological functions of myths,) but it is clear that these lines are scarcely developed or elaborated. There is no collective research project, no important research contracts and no internationalisation (what could be possible in a comparative perspective).
A more comprehensive and collaborative approach would be relevant and should capitalize on the analytical skills and potential of the researchers, particularly of the younger ones (successful efforts have been made to attract MA students). In particular, the creativity of MA and PHD students should be exploited, so that they can benefit from all the basic and necessary work of those who have made the collection of this centre monumental. In such a way, this unit can be of immense importance in the transfer of traditions to the following generations. But until now, the work is highly individual and the researchers – at least some of them – do not work on a regular basis within the unit.
In addition, the division of the unit in 4 lines is far from clear and there was no information forthcoming about the justification for such a seemingly senseless division of labour. Nevertheless, the panel considers that the groups 298 - 1465 (Popular knowledge in Lusophonie), 298 - 1468 (Oral/traditional literature) and 298 - 1475 (Traditional literature, national mythology and Portuguese imaginary) deserve a fair whereas the fourth line 298 – 1477 (Portuguese language as tradition and heritage) is Poor. But it is a question of slight nuances, mainly due to the fact that this last group is of recent creation. Furthermore, the manifest good will of all concerned is unfortunately not met by a convincing management capacity.
Having in mind the importance of the work done and visible potential, notably among younger researchers, the panel considers that some strategic decisions should be undertaken and it recommends that FCT encourage a merger with another unit working in the anthropological field. Only thus could the unique material collected by this unit be used and analysed in a more rigorous way and the young researchers encounter a more stimulating environment.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Oral/Traditional Literature – classification and study of a portuguese corpus [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-298-1468]
It is not evident on the basis of the written report and the discussion during the visit to see the significance and the effectiveness of the division of unit in four groups. Consequently, it is also difficult to evaluate this group as the other ones separately. The remarks made concerning the unit apply here
Popular Knowledge in Lusophonie - Practice and representation [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-298-1465]
It is not evident on the basis of the written report and the discussion during the visit to see the significance and the effectiveness of the division of unit in four groups. Consequently, it is also difficult to evaluate this group as the other ones separately. The remarks made concerning the unit apply here.
Portuguese Language as Tradition and Heritage in Portugal and Brasil [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-298-1477]
This is a group that was recently created and due to that still more difficult to evaluate. That is the reason why we gave it a 1, where the three other groups have a 2, but it is a question of slight nuances. Apart from that, the same comments apply: It is not evident on the basis of the written report and the discussion during the visit to see the significance and the effectiveness of the division of unit in four groups. Consequently, it is also difficult to evaluate this group as the other ones separately. The remarks made concerning the unit apply here.
Traditional Literature, National Mythology and Portuguese Imaginery in Ancient and New Forms of Transmission [RG-SOC-LVT-Lisboa-298-1475]
It is not evident on the basis of the written report and the discussion during the visit to see the significance and the effectiveness of the division of unit in four groups. Consequently, it is also difficult to evaluate this group as the other ones separately. The remarks made concerning the unit apply here.

Comentários da unidade

1. A especificidade do Centro de Tradições Populares Portuguesas, a meio caminho entre a Antropologia e a Literatura Oral Tradicional, enquadra-se mal numa avaliação feita por um júri da área de Sociologia, Antropologia, Demografia e Geografia.
2. A reconhecida riqueza do património do CTPP e a natureza da sua área de conhecimento não parecem ajustar-se a uma possível integração num centro de Antropologia.
3. No período em avaliação verificaram-se avanços significativos na integração no Centro de estudantes de mestrado e doutoramento, facto reconhecido pelo painel de avaliação.
4. Alguns dos reparos feitos pelo júri, aquando da visita em 2007, começaram a ser resolvidos através, por exemplo, de uma maior colaboração com entidades autárquicas.