Dr Joseph da Costa

Dr Joseph da Costa

Guest Teacher

Department of International History

+44 (0)20 7955 6716
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Office Hours
On Zoom: Monday, 11.30am to 12.30pm - by Student Hub appointment
English, Portuguese
Key Expertise
16th Century Portuguese Expansion, 16th Century Race, Grammar & Cartography

About me

Joe completed his PhD in Early Modern Intellectual and Colonial Studies at King’s College London this year. His thesis is titled, "Decoloniality and early colonial thought: Grammar and Cartography in the 16th Century Portuguese expansion". It is the culmination of a four year period of research for which he received an AHRC doctoral training bursary.

Expertise Details

Early Modern Intellectual History; History of Race; Colonial History; History of Science; History of Cartography


Dr Joseph da Costa teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY118 - Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c.1500-c.1800

Papers and talks

Forthcoming conference contributions:

  • 7-10 April, 2021, Panel Speaker: 'Artes and imperial jurisprudence: customary relativity in Fernão de Oliveira and Pedro Nunes’ Law and Politics in Early Modern Africa and the Mediterranean, The 67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America
  • 7-10 April, 2021, Panel Organiser: Representing the World: Geographical and Cosmographical Imagination in the Early Modern Period, The 67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America
  • 7-10 April, 2021, Panel Chair: 'Teaching and Learning the Renaissance and the Early Modern Period', The 67th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America
  • 29 June - 1 July, 2021, Panel Speaker: ‘"Homogenous and heterogenous realities in Portuguese sciences of order (16th Century)" Fixity and flexibility in urban, cartographic and imperial spaces (16th-18th centuries)', The 9th conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich


Past conference contributions

Awards and honours

  • London Arts and Humanities Partnership studentship 2015-2018
  • LAHP funded Visiting Fellowship with Prof. Henrique Leitão – CIUHCT, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal - September 2016 - December 2016