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I’m Tiago Silva, a Portuguese doctoral researcher in the Department of European and World History of the University of Turku, Finland. I am also the Chairman of Turku’s Regional Organisation of the Communist Party of Finland (SKP). The reflections posted here deal mostly with politics, history, theory, social issues, etc. The occasional photo or song may also appear.

My doctoral dissertation deals with historiographical depictions of the encounter between Christianity and Islam in late medieval Portugal (late thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). I am particularly interested in how culture – in this case, historiography – can be used as an ideological tool to justify, reinforce, reproduce, or transform an existing social order. Gramsci and Bourdieu, among many others, are important theoretical references for me.