PhD in Cultural Studies

Agata Wiórko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Slavistic studies and a Master’s degree in Cultural studies from the University of Gdańsk, and a Master’s degree in Art Criticism from Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk. Currently works as a cultural producer, assistant curator and photographer. She is a Junior Researcher at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) of UCP. Previous research projects have focused on a critical reflection on nudity onstage in contemporary Polish art, and later on the concept of the flâneur and its contemporary performative readings. Her PhD research focus is on locality, nomadism and communication from the perspective of the city as a cultural device. Her main interests are the street, contemporary walkscapes, artistic placemaking and cultural strategies for urban creativity.

Amani Maihoub was born and raised in Tartous, Syria. She is a junior researcher at the Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) of UCP. Her research is funded through the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). She holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in International Performance Research (Erasmus Mundus) from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Arts in Belgrade. She majored in Music and English in her undergraduate studies at Central College. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Failed Architecture, Crannóg Magazine, and others.

Ana Dinger holds a degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine-Arts (Lisbon University) and a post-graduation in Contemporary Art by the Catholic University of Portugal. She also has training in dance, having completed the first year of the Superior School of Dance (2003/2004) and the Choreographic Research and Creation Course of ForumDança (2003, Porto). Her research is focused on strategies of perpetuation of performance-related artistic work and is funded by FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology).

Ana Trincão is a doctoral student in Culture Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the Superior Schooll of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR)(1999/2004),  a  M.A. (Soda) in Dance from the  Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT-UDK-HSF)(2010/2012) where she conducted a research on body and sound relationships – “Making Visible the Invisible” and the Choreographic Research Course of Fórum Dança in Oporto. (2005/2006). Trincão was a DanceWEB scholarship holder at Impulstanz Festival, an invited artist at “Pointe to Point”  organized by ASEF and Alkantara in Lisbon (2009) and  resident artist at the 4 AIR Ibero-American in México(2011). She is a member of the artistic research group Interferencias wherewith she published  “El libro -Interferencias-The book”(2012). Trincão was part of Sowing Seeds project in India, where she worked with the female community of Jetpur(2013). In 2014 she was awarded the research residency E:motional Rethinking Dance. Trincão´s Work, intersects  dance and visual – arts and has been presented in Portugal, Spain, Germany, India, Mexico, Brazil and Romania. Currently she is working with the Lisbon based sound collective “SAS Radio Orkestra”, with the Berlin based “Choreographic Radio”  and creating  a new performance work “Unbearable eloquence”. Her main fields of interest are performance and gender studies.

Annimari Juvonen holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Helsinki, and a Master’s degree in Anthropology of Human Rights and Social Movements from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Her previous research projects have focused on both textual and visual discursive practices within the international human rights movement. The doctoral project focuses on visual acts and objects as contributors to the flow of the discourse on social justice, the ways in which contemporary societal and global concerns become discursive through artistic initiatives and regimes of publicity, and the rhetorics and narratives inherent in visual communications. Her research interests include visual culture, cultural resistance, and identity politics.

Clara Caldeira holds a BA and a MA degree in Communication from the New University of Lisbon. She worked as a journalist and scriptwriter for television in Portugal, as well as a freelance translator. She is working on her thesis about the photographic representation of the portuguese colonial war. Her main research topic focuses on memory construction as a connection between totalitarian regimes in the past and present democracies. She is also interested in contemporary discourse practices, such as media and art communication, namely in their symbolic order construction and in terms of their importance as resistance formats, and in their social tensions in society.

Cristina Gil is a PhD researcher in Culture Studies, at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal. She did her Master Degree on Deaf Communities, Education and Signed Languages in the University of Barcelona (2010) and holds a bachelor degree in Translation and Interpretation of Portuguese Sign Language from the School of Higher Education of Setúbal (2007). She has worked as a Sign Language Interpreter as well as an academic professor in higher education. She is now a researcher in Deaf Studies in subjects that encompass Deaf Culture, Deaf Identities, and Deaf Leadership.

Daniela Ambrósio holds a Master Degree in Cultural Management from the School of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha. Prior to beginning the PhD program in Culture Studies, she worked in production, communication, and fundraising in arts and design associations, in a publishing and theatre. Her previous investigation focused on the European Capitals of Culture and how the aims of this manifestation of culture had changed since the first year and the importance of monitoring and evaluation to its redesign. Her main research interests are in monitoring, fundraising, strategy, communication and qualitative evaluation of cultural projects.

Elsa Alves is a doctoral student in Culture Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal and currently a guest researcher at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from the New University of Lisbon and a M.A. in communication studies from the Catholic University of Portugal, with a dissertation on the visual culture praxis in art museums, based on an internship at the National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy. She has been the research assistant of the international project “Critique of singularity: the catastrophic event and the rhetoric of representation”, between the Catholic University of Portugal, the Free University of Berlin and the University of Kyoto, Japan. Her main fields of interest are visual culture and aesthetics.

Elnaz Shadras holds a Master degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an Advanced Master degree in Cultures and Development from the K.U.Leuven University of Belgium. After almost a decade of various experiences working in International development organizations in the fields of immigration, integration, gender equality and human rights, she is currently a doctorate researcher in Catholic University of Portugal. Her area of research is focused around immigration, integration in Europe and intercultural societies. Elnaz Shadras is also the founder of the non-profit organization Voices of the World, which supports and implements projects in various fields of cultural development.

Gisela Canelhas holds a BA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Spanish and English Studies, from the New University of Lisbon. Her main research topic is the reception of Modernism, focusing on the work of the Portuguese painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso. Her main interests are Visual Culture, Cultural Theory, Reception Theory, the representation of identity and the role of cultural industries in democratic and dictatorial regimes.

Gregor Taul is an author and curator based in Lisbon, where he is working on his PhD on Soviet era public paintings at the Lisbon Consortium. Gregor studied semiotics at Tartu University (BA 2005) and art history in the Estonian Academy of Arts and St Petersburg’s Institute of Technology of Design (MA in 2012). Since 2010 he has been active as a critic writing on visual art, public space and architecture. In 2012 he co-authored a book on Estonian murals published by Lugemik; in 2016, the Estonian National Museum published his book on the architecture of the museum’s new building. His main academic research interest is art in public space. Besides Soviet era public art, he is interested in contemporary public art commissions around Europe.

Helena Correia has than 20 years experience in communication design, advertising and publishing, and more recently four years specialising in cultural management of Contemporary Art Museums in Portugal. The focus of her work has been in “transforming” non-profit organizations by incorporating new ways of telling stories, of their collections through mobile technology. Helena’s ongoing projects consist in contemporary art exhibitions which bridge the divide between cultures and latitudes, while activating “memory” through immersive exhibition experiences and replicating knowledge across generations and accessibility issues; consultancy for non-profit organizations, to understand the importance of incorporating technology to communicate their culture of story of their institution, creating better and wider accessibility for the Arts and Culture sector. More recently, she colaborated with the Orient Museum to produce curatorial narratives within the Museum space, designing and producing Asian/Chinese Contemporary Art exhibitions. Her research interests are Globalization, Contemporary Art, Museums, Biennials, Technology, Cyberculture, Literacy, Visual Culture and Cinema.

Ilios Willemars is currently working on a PhD thesis on bodies in digital art, Ilios receives funding through the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology. Important influences are: Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, Franz Kafka and Søren Kierkegaard. Conceptual interests are: placeholder(s), replacement, digitalization, suicide, performativity, contagion, the messianic and digital art. Ilios holds a MA degree in Cultural Analysis from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis with a final thesis on the performative effects of the concept of suicide-contagion and its implications on contemporary understandings of democracy. Ilios holds a BSc degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, which was finished with a thesis on modes of subjection of the travelling body at airports.

Jad Khairallah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (2011) and a Master of Arts in Design (2014) from Notre Dame University-Lebanon, with a dissertation thesis that explored the influential power of visual culture in reforming how the individual aesthetically behaves with relation to contemporary television images. After five years of professional experience in the Interior Design domain, he is currently a PhD researcher at the Catholic University of Portugal in Culture Studies, with a research focus on the visual image and its cultural influence. Through an interdisciplinary model, he is interested in the cognitive perception behind the screen, the relation it holds with its surroundings and the impact visual culture has on identity.

Jan Swierkowski is a mix scholarship holder of the FCT International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies at UCP. He holds a MA in astronomy from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland and is Honorary Ambassador of the University.  He is an active curator and work in the field of art & science, science outreach and education since 2004. At the moment Jan is conducting R&D in digital projects focused on possible applications of multimodal metaphors and contemporary art in natural sciences.He was also holder of scholarships in the field of culture from Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Municipality of Torun and Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodoship.

Joana Mayer received her B.A in Performing Arts from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, and holds a Master degree in Communication and Cultural Management from the Catholic University of Portugal. Her doctoral project focuses on how cultural normative models take part in cultural programmes and how they contribute to the construction of the contemporary city – taking Lisbon as a case study. She currently holds a scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) to develop her investigation. Her research interests lie in the field of culture and arts’ policy, culture management in the city context, and the politics of cultural programming.

Kristine Dizon was awarded the J. William Fulbright/Camões Institut Scholarship for post-graduate studies in clarinet and orchestral conducting at the Escola Superior de Música Artes e Espectáculo with António Saiote. Ms. Dizon holds a Masters degree in Clarinet Performance at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and degrees in European History and Music at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 2014, Kristine was a research finalist for the International Clarinet Association where she presented her research on “The Chronological Clarinet: The Musical Identities of Widor, Milhaud, Smith, and Mandat.” She is currently a candidate for the International Doctoral Program for Cultural Studies through the Faculty of Human Sciences. Her primary research focus is Portuguese folk music, its function in Portuguese culture and connection to national identity by connecting how newly commissioned Portuguese works, composers, traditions, and nationalism foster our understanding of identity through music and culture.

Maria Ana Carneiro holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design: Art and Society from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California. She received her BA in Communication from the Catholic University of Portugal.Her doctoral project, Under the title “Images of media and their contribution to the construction of the cultural memory of Camarate”, analyses the discourse of visual imagery published in the Portuguese press around the plane crash, which occurred in Camarate on the evening of 4th of December 1980. Among five others the Prime Minister of Portugal and the Minister of National Defense died. This study is situated within Culture Studies, using research methods from Media Studies and a theoretical background from Memory Studies.

Maria Luísa Falcón holds a BA in Theatre Production Management from the School for Theatre and Cinema, Lisbon (2007) and an MA degree in Cultural Practices from New University of Lisbon (2009), where she wrote a dissertation on ‘Alternative Performance Spaces and their Place in the City of Lisbon’. Her current PhD project, developed at the Lisbon Consortium, focuses on non-conventional performative spaces in Lisbon and investigates performative cultural projects that use empty or derelict spaces located in Lisbon to create or to show new theatre works. These are places of creativity where new aesthetics emerge. Key aspects of this project are: the occupation of unconventional spaces by contemporary theatre groups, the characteristics of each space on the development of artistic projects and the networks between artists of different companies.

Maria de Nazaré Sousa holds a degree in Portuguese Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Beira Interior. At the same institution, she received an MA in Documental Sciences with a dissertation entitled “The evolution of western musical notation in the History of the Book until the invention of the press”, which linked different cultural areas, such as Music History and the History of the Book. Her main research interests include Cultural Theory, Music Studies, culture programming as well as new digital platforms of information.

Matthew Mason is a PhD Candidate in Culture Studies at the Lisbon Consortium. He received a BA in French and Italian from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in Brussels. His research is informed by an interest in the political and economic history of capitalism and its material manifestation(s) in culture and everyday life. He is interested in urban studies and the city as a site of contestation and identity formation, as well as in architectural developments which further inform understandings of the above. His research areas include, but are not limited to, globalisation and representations of the city in film and literature and the political implications of postmodernism

Nataliya Hovorkova holds an MA degree in Contemporary Art from the Catholic University of Portugal and a Specialist degree in Design from Instituto de Artes Visuais, Design e Marketing(IADE). She graduated with a Bachelor in Economy and Enterprise from National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev.

Reuben Ross has a background in Film Studies and Visual Anthropology. In addition to academic roles, he has worked as a filmmaker and photographer and is currently a PhD candidate at the Lisbon Consortium with a grant from FCT. His research deals with urban visual culture and the politics of migration; visual research methods are central to his work.

Sara Magno has been developing artistic work in photography, video, and installation since 2011, having attended several artistic residencies as well as presenting work internationally. She studied Art History at the University of Lisbon. She finished her Masters Theses on Contemporary Documentary and the Archive at the New University of Lisbon. She finished the Independent Study Program at Maumaus – School of Visual Arts. She studied Photography and Video at Ar.Co, Center of Communication and Visual Arts, in Lisbon and also at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. At the moment Sara Magno is doing a PhD in Cultural Studies at The Lisbon Consortium with a FCT scholarship.  Her main interests are the use of documental images in the field of art and the relationship between art and political issues.

Sofia da Costa Pessoa holds a Degree in  Public Relations and Advertising (INP), and a Graduation in  Arts and Management from the Administration National Institute – INA. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Museology and Museography from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on the work of the Portuguese contemporary designer António Garcia (2006).  She was the scientific curator of the exhibition and catalogue titled “Zoom in / zoom out – Antonio Garcia, Designer” held at MUDE – Fashion and Design Museum (2010). She worked at Lisbon’ 94 European Capital of Culture (1994),  Expo’98 International Exhibition (1998) and at a Graphic and Communication Arts Studio. Her main areas of interest are Culture and Aesthetics studies, Museology and Museography and Graphic Design. She holds a  PhD Grant from the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) to develop her doctoral project on the “Musealization of Popular Art in the 21st Century”, which aims to think, problematize and define a productive strategy for the musealization of Popular Art in the current century. It will resort to a mixed theoretical anchorage, combining museology studies and the museography presently applied in museums of this typology, with a broader analysis of the contemporary cultural phenomenon based on Cultural Studies. The project will seek to present a new paradigm for the musealization of Popular Art, considering the museological practice of the museum, in order to remove the musealization of Popular Art from a retrograde nationalist model, proposing the instantiation of a contemporary Popular Art museum, characterized by the dynamics of globalization, through the macro and meta narrative of Cultural Studies.

Sofia Pinto (Sophie Pinto) holds a BA in Acting from The Lisbon Theatre and Cinema School (2007), and a Master degree in Culture Studies from The Catholic University of Portugal (2015), with a dissertation thesis on street art and the Berlin Wall. In 2014 she was granted a FCT scholarship in scientific initiation research at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC). She has worked as a performer, director, producer, translator and as a teacher. She is currently a PHD candidate at The Lisbon Consortium with a FCT scholarship. Her main interests are performing arts, urban art practices, resistance and culture, and visual culture.

Sónia Pereira holds a BA in Communication Studies from the New University of Lisbon and a Masters Degree in Culture Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal. She is a junior member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) and she is currently a PhD candidate in Culture Studies at the Faculty of Human Sciences. Her main research interests include cultural theory and popular music studies. She is currently developing her doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Isabel Capeloa Gil, on discourses of war and resistance in popular music. Looking at three specific case studies (Green Day, Muse and 30 Seconds To Mars), her thesis seeks to analyze different articulations of the topics of war and resistance as these have come to occupy a significant place within the production and circulation of rock music in the first decade of the new millennium, and interrogate their contribution to the formation of new discourses and forms of (in)visibility of war within popular culture, as well as their implications and effects in the production of new discourses of resistance.

Teresa Costa holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literature (University of Lisbon). She concluded her master in 2003 with a dissertation on William Carlos Williams, which focused specifically on the influence of visual arts and artists on the early works of the poet (Open University, Lisbon). Though generally interested in Literature and the Visual Arts, her preferred topics include man-made heritage, too, which – in part – accounts for her choice of research object. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Culture Studies at the Lisbon Consortium and is researching on postcards and lighthouses. In specific terms, her project will study an individually assembled corpus of postcards with depictions of Portuguese lighthouses (those located along the shores of continental Portugal). The global aim of the project is to arrive at a complex meaning of the lighthouse departing from its postcarded renderings.

Vera Herold holds a Bachelor in Music at Conservatório Nacional de Música, Lisbon, 1986; Post-Graduation in Arts Administration at Instituto Nacional de Administração, Oeiras, 1990; MA in Culture Studies, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 2016. Worked at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Projet LUMIERE (MEDIA Programme EU) and Expo 98. Leader and participant in many cultural projects, for both governmental and private institutions, as owner and manager of production company and artists’ agency VHProduções. Freelance writer for several newspapers and magazines, as well as collaborator in the educational department of the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art in Luxembourg. Fields of interest: cultural memory studies, opera studies, culture and affects/emotions, migrations and translation, literary translation.

Verena Lindemann holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Lisbon and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Hagen (Germany). She obtained her MA in Translation Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal and at Justus Liebig University Giessen and a member of the Lisbon Consortium as well as the European PhDnet in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her PhD thesis focuses on how different contemporary memory media represent, remember or (re)construct the refugees’ presence in Lisbon during World War II. She is a junior member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), where she has collaborated in the organization of scientific conferences and research projects. Her main research interests include Migration Studies, Memory Studies, Translation Studies, Cultural Theory and Portuguese Studies.

MA in Cultural Studies

Ana Rita Brito was born in Lisbon in 1991, Portugal. She holds a BA in Journalism from the ESCS School of Communication and Media Studies and works with a small communication and advertising agency as communication and pr assistant and business projects leader which took her, literally, to the other side of the world: Hong Kong, Macau and Japan.With the pleasure of writing since the beginning and the passion for cinema through her all life and trough many ways (in scholar newspaper, movie reviews on a blog and a small and independent radio program in university), Rita invested in her formation in writing for cinema (screenwriting) with some courses in the school of writing Escrever Escrever and in the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon) having some written synopses and scripts of her own for documentary and short films.Along the way, the habit of photography appeared since she picked an old Canon offered by her mother and shoot a garage band concert. Since then many concerts, events, anonymous people and even known people, friend’s projects and interviews were caught by her lens.  For her everything is communication, and that’s her main interest area:  how to use the know-how and the creativity of advertising, the general knowledge and perseverance of journalism and also the sensibility of cinema (one of her biggest passions). Everything is communication.

Ashi Damvar holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas, Austin. She is an international educator, having taught bilingual (Spanish and English) primary education in Texas, and English as a second language as a Cambridge-certified teacher in Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey, and Portugal. She is a dancer of the traditional Persian style, and was a founding member and former principal dancer of the company Ravaan Persian Dance in Austin, Texas. Her research interests include Persian dance and culture and intercultural projects related to the Middle East.

Atena Abrahimia is a Luxembourgish student who holds a BA in tourism management from ISALT (Haut École Galilée), Brussels. During her fifth semester she had the opportunity of doing an exchange semester in Nicosia, Cyprus. For her final semester she did a 4-month internship at WIELS, a Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. She worked on several events and projects and especially in managing the recruitment and the follow-up of the volunteer teams of the annual children’s art festival, SuperVliegSuperMouche. This experience helped her realize that she wanted to do a master in arts and culture management.

Beatriz Vasconcelos holds a BA in Communication Science from Nova University of Lisbon in the fields of Journalism and Communication, Culture and Arts. In 2014 she did Erasmus in Barcelona where she studied Communication at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has some experience in journalism, with an internship at Time Out Magazine and being an online contributor at some portuguese and international websites. Nowadays she is working in communication and production departments, having already in her curriculum festivals as Festival Silêncio! or Doclisboa, and also institutions as the Portuguese Chamber of Pharmacists. Her main interest is in dance, performance and identity, once she has contemporary dance and classical ballet instruction. Through these topics, she wants to explore questions relate to society, language, memory and representation.

Bernardo Beja holds a BA in Management from the Faculty of Economy (Nova School of Business and Economics). He is studying Acting at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon). He also has previous intense training in theatre and musical theatre, having studied in Chapitô; in dance, having trained with the professional dance company Vortice Dance; and in singing. His main interests are the representations of sexuality and gender in performing arts and the impact of the performing arts in the cultural context.

Diana Ferreira is an intensely private person, so please excuse her for not providing  many details about herself. The fact she came into this world sometime after the invention of the MP3 and the birth of Dolly might also explain her short biography. Growing up, she dreamt of becoming an opera singer, an astronaut, a writer and a diplomat, among other things. As such, she now holds a diverse and broad BA in General Studies, from the University of Lisbon. She is interested in literature, art, music, politics, biology, astronomy, history and languages. The demonstration she led in her parents’ living room against the invasion of Iraq, single-handedly and armed with two protest posters she drew, was her first active participation in civic and public life.


Eva Boleti is half Greek, half Australian and holds a Bachelor´s Degree in French Literature and Language from Kapodistriako Panepistimio in Athens. She attended, as an erasmus student, University of Oviedo in Spain in French Education, where she also worked as a teacher in a public school. She has been always interested in arts, travelling and getting to know different cultures. These reasons brought her in Lisbon, as to have her MA in Cultural Management in Catholic University of Lisbon. She has already lived in Czech Republic, in Monaco Monte Carlo, in Oviedo and now in Lisbon. Her main interest is focused on contemporary art while she has exhibited her own art works twice, in Booze Cooperativa Gallery in Athens. While she is focusing on obtaining her MA, she is working on her third art work, which will probably be exposed in Portugal and will be short film of a woman´s diary. She is deeply interested in travelling and being a part of every new culture.

Hugo Simões was born in 1993 in Angra do Heroísmo, Açores, Portugal. He holds a BA in Law from the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Law (2011-2015). He is keenly interested in music, literature, film and theatre. He co-founded an amateur theatre company (Camões English Theatre Company) in 2011 and subsequently co-wrote, co-staged and acted in an original comic play, “The Playwright” in 2013. As a part of the group he contributed to the organization of two One-Minute-Play Festivals, during which he was awarded two prizes: one for Best Original Concept, as voted by the audience; and another for Best Actor, awarded by Pedro Mexia, Patrícia Vasconcelos and Filomena Cautela.He has some experience writing poetry, early examples of which can be found in issue #78 of Os Fazedores de Letras magazine. He also writes and performs his own music, which in turn can be listened to at: academically speaking, he is interested in a number of things, with particular emphasis on art and aesthetics, and especially music and literature.

Inês Nóvoa, age 23. Graduated in 2013 in Theatre, variant acting by Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainha and Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, Oporto for one semester.From History of Performance and Theatre Anthropology to Voice and Body lessons, Inês had an incredible education and experience. In her last semester she had the opportunity to do an internship with Teatro Bruto, theatre company located in Oporto. Besides acting she had the opportunity to get closer to production, being a production assistant. As a result of that experience she realised that the area of production and management also interested her.Along the way Inês did some plays, short films and performances. Her last performance was presented in Teatro da Ribeira, in partnership with Primeiros Sintomas.Now she is working in an exhibition, but her goal is to work near production and management allying creative thinking as a reflection of her theatre education.

Joana Barata holds a degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (English and Spanish) from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon. Her main interests are museums and the need to change its concepts, exhibitions and their role in contemporary societies, as well as graphic novels and comic strips and their importance in the construction of cultural identiry or the evolution of cultural approaches to sexuality, sex and gender.

Joana Costa Pereira holds a BA in Communication Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal (2012) and also studied at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg (2011) under the Erasmus programme. Her master’s research, supervised by Professor Jorge Fazenda Lourenço and Professor Cátia Ferreira, focuses on the representation of gender identity in (Portuguese) fashion blogs. The investigation will focus on concepts like (docile) body, (self-) representation, femininity, gender, fashion, blogs. Joana worked as a journalist in the Diário de Notícias newspaper (2011), and has collaborated not only with the MSN Portugal project by writing cinema contents (2012) but also with the online tv OdivelasTV as a reporter (2012). Due to her interest in social issues, she had the experience of living two months in Mozambique under a voluntary mission (2012) and is currently developing a project that aims to raise funds for Mozambique.

João Paulo Pisco (1981) is interested by all branches of Arts and Culture, and a personal itinerant root character since childhood. He attended the Design course at IADE in 2000. Interested in Philosophy, Archaeology and Biology, including Marine Biology, he graduated in Cultural Heritage at the University of Algarve in 2010 with a final thesis on the Church of Santiago de Évora under the guidance of Professor Francisco Lameira. Ever­present love for the Arts, always drew, painted and wrote, elaborating some individual and / or group exhibitions. In 2013 he joined the collaboration with Iterartis company that transports and assembles national and international exhibitions. His areas of interest are in all spectrums of Culture and Arts, with a greater tendency for antiquity and deeper and dense character and idiosyncratic analogies in contemporary world literature, painting, sculpture, music, history.

Manon Zeidler holds a LL.B in European Law from Faculté de Droit de Paris, part of the Catholic Institute of Lille and a LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna. Her research has ranged from the relationship between European intellectual property law and competition law to the financial consequences of urbanisation and archival research on German national-socialist law in northern France. Having worked at several international law firms in Italy and Austria, Manon subsequently moved to Lisbon, where she is currently studying for an MA in Culture Studies at The Lisbon Consortium. Her research interests, which broadly explore the interaction of law and culture, include the stolen art market, cultural heritage and issues of European identity.

Matilde Torres Pereira holds a BA in Journalism from the ESCS School of Communication and Media Studies, a branch of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, a degree taken after studying at the foundation level at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Oporto. As a multimedia journalist, her main interests lie in digital media, hypertextuality and social phenomena. Her main research interests stem from a general curiosity for theology, politics, culture studies and the story of art; more specifically, how they all come together in an arguably metamodern age.

Michelle Tomás was born in 1993. She olds a BA in Social and cultural Communication from the Catholic University of Portugal. In 2014, as an Erasmus student, she had the opportunity of studying in Madrid for six months at Universidad Complutense. During her first degree, she also did an intense course of creative writing with Alice Vieira. In 2015 she had an internship on ZAP. There, she experienced the opportunity to produce TV content for Angola and Mozambique. Her primary interests in the area of culture studies are Identity and Memory.


Orsola Vannocci (1992) is currently a student at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where she attends a Master in Culture Studies – Management of the Arts and Culture. Vannocci was born in Italy, where she got a bachelor degree in Foreign Literatures in the University of Florence, with the thesis “Satire and Censorship during Salazarism”. Her main area of interest is the relationship between cultural identity, conflict and politics and how it is translated into art. Besides being a student, she also works in a contemporary art center in Lisbon, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa.

Patrícia Assis was born in Algarve, in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. Patrícia worked as a research assistant in the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and made an internship in the Portuguese Ministry of Home Affairs. She was also an international volunteer (EVS) in a youth center (2014) in Republic of Macedonia and in 2015 she participated in the “National Museums Visitors Study” in National Tile Museum.Her main interests are cultural policies, alternative cultural spaces and relation between arts and power.

Ricardo Escarduça holds a degree in Civil Engineering. For fifteen years, he professionally specialized in Management and Control of projects different natures. The first stage of such professional path was pursued within some of the most relevant Portuguese engineering and construction companies, while the second stage was marked by a shift to the live music festivals industry. He currently attends the Culture Studies MA. His interest in the Culture Studies field is due to the intersection it provides between all forms of artistic languages and human sciences such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology or political sciences. While further specificity is needed, his interests concern all forms of dehumanization resultant of numerous imposed mechanisms of power within contemporary western society and the role art may play in its critical analysis, denunciation and expression. He is a permanent collaborator of the on-line magazine/website specialized in Contemporary Arts and Culture ARTECAPITAL, as its music section editor and writer. He also collaborates with POGO, a Lisbon based multidisciplinary artistic collective existing for 25 years, both in the production management and on the artistic and creative authorship work.

Rita Roquette (1983) holds a degree in Marketing from the ISCTE (Lisboa Universitary Institute).Since 2007, she has been working at Advertising Agencies gaining experience in different roles as Group Client Director and Strategic Planner.In 2014 she started an academic career by teaching at ESCS – School of Communication and Media Studies as well as a more active role in cultural projects by being part of a Cultural Association – Arquivo 237 – held in Rua da Rosa.Her main interests are Cultural Communication, Arts Management, Artistic Promotion and Cultural Industries. Questions like: the way industries can have a more active role in contemporary societies, how their communication can impact and engage broader audiences and how can artists work closely with industries are some of the major challenges she wants to address.

Rogelio Iyari Martínez Márquez. Born in 1984, at Xalapa, Veracruz, México. Holds a BA diploma on French Language by the Universidad Veracruzana and is about to defend his final paper on MA in Contemporary culture at Instituto Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain; musician, reader and sometimes even a writer. Has toured playing death metal and cumbias, and played in a couple records, guest musician in jazz, blues and rock gigs and always helped with the drums. Has been a teacher aswell: English, French, Literature, Writing workshops, and guitar. Currently student at the MA program in Culture by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, weekly columnist for El Diario de Xalapa, just published his second short story at Esto es Paideia cultural newspaper in México

Teresa Líbano Monteiro was born in 1993, Portugal. She holds a BA in Arts and Humanities from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. In 2014, as an Erasmus student, she had the opportunity of studying during one semester at the Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France. During her degree, she studied European literature, classical culture, history and art history, among others. Those humanistic areas match her main interests in the broad interdisciplinary field of culture studies. She has some professional experience, mainly as an usherette at the Music Season of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Teresa Pinheiro holds a BA in Artistic Studies from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. In 2013, she did Erasmus in Paris, where she lived six months and studied Lettres et Arts at the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7. She is a member of FAZ 15-25: the Museu Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva’s Youth Collective, where she has the opportunity of participating in the programming of the museum. Last year, she developed the project Repensar Museus: a set of informal conversations where professionals in the cultural and artistic field (curators, artists, museum’s directors, architects) met to share new ideas and projects about museums. Currently she is working as a production assistant and as the main responsible of group/schools visits at the Real Bodies Exhibition. Her main interest is to deconstruct the idea of elitism and formality in the artistic and cultural areas by breaking the still existent borderlines between these fields and society. She is interested in working these questions through visual arts, cultural events and education.

Zohar Yanko is currently a master student at the program of Cultural Studies of the Lisbon consortium and the Catholic University of Lisbon. She holds a B.A in Psychology and Sociology from The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Additionally, she holds a diploma of Journalism and New Media studies from The Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism, and a diploma of Research and Documentary Screenplay from the Open University of Israel of which she graduated with honors.


PhD Students


  • Gaspare Trapani: “Silvio Berlusconi e o Berlusconismo. Uma proposta de leitura”
  • Ana do Carmo: “Literary representations of forced migrations – Cross-cultural Portuguese and German memoryscapes”


  • Ana Fabíola Maurício: “30 Years of Culture, Art, and Metamorphoses. The Modern Art Centre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Reshaping of Lisbon’s Culturalscape”
  • Leonor Sá: “Infâmia e Fama: O Mistério dos Primeiros Retratos Judiciários em Portugal” (Museum curator responsible for the “Portuguese Judiciary Police Museum). Prize “THE LISBON CONSORTIUM/BPI Thesis Publication”


  • Ana Cristina  Cachola: “Representações da Identidade Portuguesa na Arte Contemporânea. Pós-imagens entre o Pedagógico e o Performativo” (Independent Curator and Lecturer in the Post-Graduation in Curatorship and Arts Programming – UCP)
  • Paulo de Campos Pinto: “Iconografia eucarística da reforma católica na pintura das igrejas da diocese de Lisboa: séculos XVII e XVIII” (Assistant Professor in Art History at School of Human Sciences)
  • António Pinto Ribeiro: “A Representação de África através da Literatura de Viagens Europeia e Norte Americana de 1958 a 2002” (Independent Curator)
  • Maria Amélia Cruz: “A construção de «adolescência» no romance juvenil contemporâneo português e alemão”
  • Tânia Ganito:”The Evocations of Silence: Traces of Memory in the Art of Zhang Xiaogang” (Lecturer at the Catholic University of Portugal in the Asian Studies Program and at Institute for Social and Political Studies in the Anthropology Program)
  • Beatriz Hernández: “Las Shanghai Beauties: Cuerpos heterotópicos e identida- des catalogadas para la “Mujer Moderna” de principios del silo XX” (Lecturer in the Asian Studies program at the Catholic University of Portugal)


  • Miguel Quadrio Ferro de Matos: “Dispositivo Crítico: Condições de possibilidade da crítica jornalística de teatro em Portugal” (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal)
  • Daniela Agostinho: “Visual Captivity. The (In-)Visibility of the Concentration Camp and the Right to Look. The Case of Ravensbruck” (recipient of the Lisbon Consortium/BPI Thesis Award) (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal/Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen)
  • João Borges da Cunha: “Representação, Imersão e Interiores: culturas de espaço em To the Lighthouse e Buddenbrooks” (Lecturer in Architecture at Universidade Lusófona)
  • Rui Brás: “Agón, Pathos, Katharsis – A memória das origens nos filmes de exílio de Andrei Tarkovsky” (Lecturer in Film Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal and IPAM)


  • Diana Gonçalves: “The Representation of 9/11 and the Critique of Singularity in American Culture” (recipient of the Lisbon Consortium/BPI Thesis Award). (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal)


  • Elisabetta Colla: “Xiangshan Xianzhi: Fontes Locais Chinesas para uma História Cultural de Macau (1661-1796)” (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal and University of Lisbon)


  • Vanda de Sousa: The Hours, a escrita para a morte: de Virginia Woolf a Stephen Daldry


  • Inês Espada Vieira: “Memória do tempo e dos textos. Os artigos de Gonzalo Torrente Ballester na imprensa (1927-1940)” (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal – Coordinator of the BA in Applied Languages)
  • Jorge Vaz de Carvalho: Sinais de Fogo de Jorge de Sena: Uma Poética em Formação” (Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal – Coordinator of Artistic Studies)

MA Students



  • Joana Hortas: “Intervenção Urbana e Cultura: entre a intenção e o impacto. O caso do Largo do Intendente Pina Manique em Lisboa?”



  • Inês Teixeira: “Participation as an exercise of citizenship: the Case of Bairro do Castelo”
  • Niklas David Völker: Memorizing Equatorial Crossings: Lusophone Postcolonialities in Miguel Gomes’ Tabu and Zeze Gamboa’s O Grande Kilapy
  • Vera Herold: “ANNA NICOLE: An opera(?) between tradition and transgression. A multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary enquiry into an ambiguous work”
  • Irene Helm: “Creative Class” de Richard Florida e “Creative Cities” de Charles Landry”


  • Gisela Canelhas: “Histórias com Música: Implementação de Oficinas de Música e Teatro Musical na Fábrica das Histórias”
  • Sofia Pinto: “Cidades Transientes, Cidades Resilientes: A Trajectória Conjunta da Street Art e do Muro de Berlim”
  • Ekaterina Smirnova: “The Discreet Charm of Surrealism in Eastern European Animation: When Repression Fosters Creativity”
  • Carolina Rolão Preto:  “Curadoria no século XXI: Museus, Galerias e Espaços Alternativos”


  • Corinna Lawrenz:  “Violência e Representação: desafios e estratégias em 48 de Susana de Sousa Dias” (Head of the Film Department at Goethe Institut – Lisbon)
  • Gabriela Altaf: “As Belas que me Perdoem… Marcas do Feio na Contemporaneidade” (Independent Documentary Filmmaker)
  • Joana Marques da Costa: “Ambiente em exposição. Estudo de públicos da exposição Tartarugas – a viagem” 
  • Matilde Caldas: “Usos da cultura em projectos de regeneração urbana. O caso da Praça do Martim Moniz – Lisboa” (Doctoral Student at the Lisbon Consortium – recipient of a Millennium BCP Foundation Grant)


  • Ana Catarina Amado de Freitas: “Der gefährliche Augenblick: A Visualidade do Perigo e da Morte Iminente na Cultura de Weimar” (FTBS Advogados – Law Firm)
  • Ana Margarida Sécio: “África enquanto lugar de memória em Portugal: o espaço e o tempo nas obras de Pedro Valdez Cardoso, Vasco Araújo e Francisco Vidal” (IMT Gallery – London)
  • Rita Alexandra de Sousa Pedro: “Os eventos enquanto instrumentos de dinamização da cultura”


  • Isabel Ricardo: “Arqueologia Preventiva: Modelos e Perspectivas ao Serviço de memória cultural” (Cascais Municipality)
  • Marta Martins: As artes performativas na construção da memória cultural. O caso do espectáculo VALE” (Member of the Cultural Association ‘Arte em Rede’)


  • Livia Corti Tavares:  “Discursos da Europa para o novo milénio – análises contrastivas”
  • Rui Afonso: “O percurso Lírico do protagonista de Peregrinação, de Fernão Mendes Pinto, em Por Este Rio Acima, de Fausto Bordalo Dias”


  • Jorge Gouveia: “As ideias Pós-modernas em Relatório Minoritário e Pulp Fiction”
  • António Quadros Ferro: “A Ideia de Cultura no pensamento de António Quadros” (António Quadros Foundation)
  • Sónia Pereira: “Rock Music and Toxic Discourses: A Case-study of Toxicity, by System of a Down” (Doctoral Student and Research Assistant at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture)


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