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Augusto Santos Silva

Augusto Santos Silva Portuguese politician, school teacher and journalist

Portuguese politician, school teacher and journalist
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Intro Portuguese politician, school teacher and journalist
Is Politician Journalist Sociologist Educator Teacher
From Portugal
Type Academia Journalism Politics Social science
Gender male
Birth 20 August 1956, Porto, Porto District, Portugal
Age: 63 years
Star sign LeoLeo
Politics Socialist Party
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Biography

Augusto Ernesto dos Santos Silva (born 20 August 1956) is the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs and a university professor.

Biography

Silva was born on August 20, 1956, in the port city of Porto. He graduated from the University of Porto with a degree in history in 1978 and later obtained a doctorate in sociology from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon in 1992.

Academic career

Silva started his career as an economics professor in Porto beginning in 1981. Eventually, he worked his way up to Chair of the Scientific Council and served as Dean of the University of Porto from 1998 to 1999.

Silva also served on the National Board of Education from 1996 to 1999, the Commission on Social Security from 1996 to 1998 and the Board of Directors of the José Fontana Foundation from 2002 to 2005, which is affiliated with the Socialist Party. He also represented Portugal in the Council of Europe's Education for Democratic Citizenship project from 1997 to 1999.

Political career

Silva started his political activity while at university, serving as a member of the Porto committee of the Workers' Revolutionary Union, a Trotskyist group aligned with the Internationalist Communist League. In the 1976 presidential election, he supported Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, and in the 1980 election, he supported António Ramalho Eanes. Silva also joined the Movement of Socialist Left, aligning himself with politicians such as Alberto Martins, Arnaldo Fleming, and Jorge Ribeiro Strecht. In the 1986 election, he was a supporter of Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo in the first round, followed by Mário Soares in the second.

Five years later, Silva officially joined the Socialist Party. He was first elected to the Assembly of the Republic in the 1995 elections, where he has served continually ever since.

Silva has served in a number of ministerial roles, beginning in 2000 when he was appointed Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister António Guterres, which he served as until 2001. At that time, he was appointed Minister of Culture, serving for a year in that role.

From 2005 to 2009, Silva was the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011, both in the governments of Prime Minister José Sócrates. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Other activities

Silva is also an author, his two most recent works being Os valores da esquerda democrática: vinte teses oferecidas ao escrutínio público ("The values of the democratic Left: twenty propositions for public scrutiny" - 2010), and A sociologia e o debate público: estudos sobre a relação entre conhecer e agir ("Sociology and public debate: studies on the relation between knowing and acting" - 2006). Additionally, he has served as a columnist for the Jornal de Notícias, Público, and TVI 24.

Awards

  • Italy Grand Cross of the Italian Order of Merit (April 1, 2002)

Works

  • Oliveira Martins e o socialismo : ensaio de leitura crítica. Porto : Afrontamento, 1979.
  • Teoria e metodologia das ciências sociais : uma análise crítica das contribuições de Durkheim e Max Weber. Porto, 1984.
  • Metodologia das ciências sociais. Com José Madureira Pinto. Porto : Afrontamento, 1986.
  • Formar a nação : vias culturais do progresso segundo intelectuais portugueses do século XIX. Porto : BEC, 1987.
  • Consumos de artesanato : resultados de um inquérito. Com Helena Santos. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1988.
  • Projecto para a promoção sociocultural : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1988.
  • Entre a razão e o sentido : Durkheim, Weber e a teoria das ciências sociais. Porto : Afrontamento, 1988.
  • Novos artesãos portugueses : quem são, o que fazem?. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1989.
  • Educação de adultos : educação para o desenvolvimento. Porto : Asa, 1990.
  • Tempos cruzados : um estudo interpretativo da cultura popular. Porto : Afrontamento, 1994.
  • Prática e representação das culturas : um inquérito na área metropolitana do Porto. Com Helena Santos. Porto : Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais, 1995.
  • Avaliação do sistema das escolas profissionais. Coordenação de Júlio Montalvão e Silva. Colaboração de Augusto Santos Silva e José Manuel Prostes da Fonseca. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 1996.
  • Palavras para um país : estudos incompletos sobre o século XIX português. Oeiras : Celta, 1997.
  • Educação para a cidadania democrática : algumas iniciativas em curso na área de Lisboa : projecto. Coordenação e projecto de Augusto Santos Silva. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, Gabinete de Assuntos Europeus e Relações Internacionais, 1998.
  • Parte devida : intervenções públicas, 1992-1998. Porto : Afrontamento, 1999.
  • A educação artística e a promoção das artes, na perspectiva das políticas públicas : relatório do Grupo de Contacto entre os Ministérios da Educação e da Cultura. Coordenador. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 2000.
  • A educação para a cidadania no sistema educativo português : 1974-1999. Com Carla Cibele Figueiredo. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, 2000.
  • Cultura e desenvolvimento : estudos sobre a Relação entre Ser e Agir. Oeiras : Celta, 2000.
  • Por uma política de ideias em educação. Porto : Asa, 2002.
  • Projecto e circunstância : culturas urbanas em Portugal. Organização de Carlos Fortuna e Augusto Santos Silva. Direção de Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Porto : Afrontamento, 2002.
  • A sociologia e o debate público : estudos sobre a relação entre conhecer e agir. Porto : Afrontamento, 2006.
  • Os valores da esquerda democrática : vinte teses oferecidas ao escrutínio crítico. Coimbra : Almedina e Fundação Res Publica, 2010.
  • Os porquês da esperança : ideias a favor do futuro em Portugal. Com Paulo Magalhães. Lisboa : Matéria-Prima, 2015.
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