Democracy, development and decolonization: these were the guiding aspirations behind the revolution of 25 April 1974 in Portugal. In the following months, all African possessions under Portuguese colonization became independent, finally able to follow their own designs after centuries of foreign rule.
In 2015 we commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the independence of Lusophone African countries. To celebrate this date, the Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC-FCSH/NOVA), the Centro de Estudos Internacionais (CEI-IUL), the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES-Coimbra) and the Fundação Mário Soares are organizing an international conference, to be held in Lisbon, between the 18th and the 20th November. This interdisciplinary conference aims to understand the trajectories of Portuguese decolonization and the political transformations in the African and regional context, exploring the relations between the newly independent states and Portugal and the configuration of new political and economic alliances such as the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP).