Teotónio de Souza

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Teotónio Rosário de Souza (18 February 1947 – 20 February 2019) was a Goan historian and the founder-director of the Goa-based Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR), at Alto Porvorim.[1] Based in Portugal since 1995, de Souza was Head and Chair, Department of History in the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias from 1999-2014. He has been a fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History since 1983, and of the Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa since 2000.

Teotónio de Souza
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Teotónio de Souza in 2009
Teotónio Rosário de Souza

(1947-02-18)18 February 1947
Died20 February 2019(2019-02-20) (aged 72)
Lisbon, Portugal
Alma materJnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, University of Poona

Personal lifeEdit

Of Goan Catholic origin, de Souza was born in the village of Moira, Goa in the Bardez taluka of Goa. He belonged to the fifth vangodd (clan) of the village and is the 12th generation descendant of Shantappa Kamat, a Goud Saraswat Brahmin who became Diogo de Souza after his conversion to Christianity in 1618.[2] Teotónio de Souza was educated mostly in Goa during Portuguese colonial rule. He belonged to the Goan Jesuits for twenty-six years. In 1995, he decided to leave, with dispensation from the Holy See. He was awarded Portuguese nationality in 1995 and was granted Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) by the Government of India in 2007. On 20 February 2019, de Souza died in Lisbon.[3][4]


In historyEdit

In 1979, Teotónio de Souza wrote his PhD thesis, Medieval Goa: A Socio-Economic History.[5] It challenges the view that Portuguese rule in South Asia resulted in overall prosperity in Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His work sees "Golden Goa" as an expression popularised by art historians, with reference to baroque church architecture of the early centuries of the Portuguese rule.

de Souza was the author and editor of many books and research papers, in both Portuguese and English. His partial memoirs are penned in a book, titled Goa To Me.[6] His favourite area of research includes colonial and post-colonial themes, with particular reference to Portuguese in Asia. His authority in this field has at times been hijacked by people stealing his identity on the Internet. An article entitled "The Goa Inquisition", attributes its authorship to him, on a US-based website called Christianaggression, in 2005. It has since been cited by other communal sites.[7][better source needed]

On his 60th birthday, de Souza was felicitated with a festschrift titled, Metahistory: History questioning History, containing personal tributes and 43 research papers contributed by historians and social scientists from the world over.[8] The Lusophone University of Lisbon awarded him its Gold Medal of Merit on the same occasion, in recognition of his research, teaching, and critical appreciation and promotion of Lusophony.[9]

A firm believer in the power of web since the early 70s, and a defender of digitalization of historical sources, he founded, in partnership with the Goan free-lance journalist Frederick Noronha, the Goa-Research-Net in 1997,[10] initially hosted in the Goanet server, and since 2005 on Yahoo! Groups. It also has branches on Facebook and on Mendeley, since May 2017.

Since November 2008, Teotónio R. de Souza has continually been a columnist to the Goan daily Herald, in a section which seeks to link Goa and Portugal, in the past and present. Since 2012, he has written Op-ed columns for The Goan Everyday.[11] He also writes for the Goan Observer [12] and, since April 2018, runs a column for a Portuguese digital newspaper, Pátria [13]. Many of his writings may be consulted online at Academia.edu[14], Scribd[15], ResearchGate[16], and the ReCil Lusófona[17] - the online scientific repository of the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisboa.

His book Goa: Outgrowing Postcolonialism - Historical Explorations (1961-2014), is a cultural-historical analysis of the evolution of Goa since its Liberation.[18]

Academic and research activitiesEdit

Teotónio de Souza retired from October 2014 as Cathedratic professor of the Universidade Lusófona, after representing, since 1996, the interests of History teaching and research on the Scientific and Pedagogic Councils, of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Education and Administration of the Universidade Lusófona, as an ex-officio member. While acting as coordinator / Director of the MA and M.Phil courses in History[19], he guided M.Phil and Ph.D researchers in Political Science and Diplomatic Relations, and directed a line of research related to "Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies", and Memories of CPES (Centro de Pesquisa e Estudos Sociais) of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa.

He was Director-Editor of the Journal of ACSEL (Associação dos Cientistas Sociais do Espaço Lusófono)[20] and continued to help as Chief-Editor of the Journal FLUXOS E RISCOS - Revista de Estudos Sociais, that published the research findings of CPES (Centre for Social Research and Studies). He was also a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.


  1. ^ Abreu, Fr. Savio (2012). Contribution of Jesuits to higher education in Goa: historical background of higher education of the Jesuits (Thesis). GRISO-University of Navarra. pp. 9–21. ISBN 978-84-8081-338-9.
  2. ^ "Dr. Teotónio de Souza: An Autobiography". Archived from the original on 17 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Well-known historian Teotonio dies". The Times of India. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Dr Teotonio de Souza was persistent in chasing knowledge". The Navhind Times. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ de Souza, Teotónio (1979). Medieval Goa: A Socio-Economic History (PhD thesis). Concept Publ. Co.
  6. ^ Souza, Teotonio R. De (1994). "Goa to Me". Concept Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Re: [Goanet] Details of the Goa Inquisition or Hindutva cyber crimes?" (Mailing list). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  8. ^ Borges, C.J.; Pearson, S.J.; Pearson, M.N. (2007). Metahistory: History questioning History. Scribd. Lisboa: Nova Vega. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Goa Research Net on Yahoo! Groups". Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Unwinding Culture". 19 March 2015. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  12. ^ de Souza, Teotónio (5 November 2016). "KARMA, DHARMA AND INDIAN DEMOCRACY - Goan Observer". Goan Observer. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Teotónio R. de Souza: Profile on Pátria" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Teotonio R. de Souza | ULHT - Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias - Academia.edu". grupolusofona.academia.edu. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Teotónio de Souza | Scribd". Scribd. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Teotonio R. de Souza | M.A, (Philosophy, History), Ph.D.(History) | Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon | ULHT | CPES - Centro de Pesquisa e Estudos Sociais -->". ResearchGate. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Visualizar pelo Autor "Souza%2C Teot%C3%B3nio R. de"". recil.grupolusofona.pt. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  18. ^ Souza, Teotonio R. de (8 May 2014). Goa outgrowing Postcolonialism: Historical Explorations. Lisboa: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781495346972. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Apresentação do Curso de História". 13 September 2009. Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Edições Anteriores | Campus Social - Revista Lusófona de Ciências Sociais". revistas.ulusofona.pt (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2018.