2017/2018 Academic Year


Isabel Capeloa Gil is the Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Associate Professor of German and Cultural Theory at the Catholic University of Portugal and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of  Germanic and Romance Studies (U.London). She has held numerous visiting professorships in universities in Europe (Univ. Hamburg as well as the Free University in Berlin, amongst others), in Brazil (PUC Rio), and the U.S. (U. Stanford and U. Penn – Annenberg School for Communication).  Since 2012, she is permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Saint Joseph in Macao. Her main research topics are Modernism, intermedia studies as well as visuality and violence. Amongst other books, she is the author of Mythographies. Figurations of Antigone, Cassandra and Medea in German 20th Century Drama (2007) and Visual Literacy. On the Disquiet of Images (2011).  In addition she has been responsible for 16 edited collections of essays, amongst them the recent Hazardous Future. Disaster, Representation and the Assessment of Risk (de Gruyter, 2015), co-authored with Christoph Wulf, and The Cultural Life of Money (de Gruyter 2015). Isabel Gil was a Fulbright Scholar, a Gulbenkian Scholarship recipient as well as a DAAD and Humboldt research grantee.  In 2009, she was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. From 2005 to 2012 she was the Dean of the School of Humanities.

Peter Hannber

Peter Hanenberg holds a PhD in German Literature from the University of Bamberg. He is Associate Professor at the School of Human Sciences, Director of the Research Center for Communication and Culture, CECC, and coordinator of the Research Lines Translating Europe across the Ages (2007-2014) and Culture, Translation and Cognition (2015-2020). He has published widely on the relation between History and German Literature and on the literary representation of Europe from the 16th to the 21st century. Currently he is working on the intersection of Culture Studies and Cognitive Sciences.


Luisa leal de Faria

Luísa Leal de Faria is Full Professor at the School of Human Sciences. She was Vice-Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal from 2004 to 2012. She holds a PhD in English Culture from the University of Lisbon. Research Areas: Culture Studies, English Studies and Modernity. She was  Deputy Director-General for Higher Education (1988-1989), national coordinator of the Language Program (1989-1985) and the Socrates Program (1995-1996). She was a member of the Advisory Board of CEPES (Centre Européen pour l’Enseignement Supérieur), UNESCO, (1990-1994). She is a member of Carlyle Society, Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos (APEAA), European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and English Speaking Union (ESU).


adriana martins

Adriana Martins holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCP, where she is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences, and where she teaches Culture and Globalization, Portuguese Film and Portuguese Culture. She is also a Senior Member of the University’s Research Centre for Communication and Culture. Among her main research interests are Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Intercultural Communication. Her recent books are Plots of War: Modern Narratives of Conflict (co-edited with Isabel Capeloa Gil, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2012); A Cultura Portuguesa no Divã (co-edited with Isabel Capeloa Gil, Lisboa: UC Editora, 2011); and Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe(co-edited with Helena Silva, Filomena Guarda and José Miguel Sardica, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).


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Alexandra Lopes holds a PhD in Translation Studies from UCP.  She is Assistant Professor at the School of Human Sciences, where she teaches Translation History and Theory, as well as Literary Translation. She is the Pedagogic Coordinator of the Master and Doctoral programs in Culture Studies. From 1998 to 2005, was a member of the research project Histories of Literature and Translations: Representations of the Other in Portuguese Culture. Is currently a member of two research projects: Culture and Conflict and Intercultural Literature in Portugal 1930-2000. Areas of interest: literary translation, translation history and theory, culture studies. Has published several papers mainly on translation and translation studies both in Portuguese and international volumes, as well as a handful of translations of texts by authors such as Peter Handke, Hertha Müller, William Boyd and Salman Rushdie.

Diana Gonçalves

Diana Gonçalves holds a Degree in Translation and a Master degree in Culture Studies/American Studies from UCP. She was awarded a grant by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) to conduct research for her PhD in Culture Studies, which she concluded in 2013 at UCP, within the international program “European PhD-net in Literary and Cultural Studies.” Her PhD thesis focused on 9/11 and proposed to challenge the idea of singularity often associated to this catastrophe. It takes to task the questioning, through a representative study, of the rhetoric of the catastrophe, the construction of the symbolic impact of 9/11 and the cultural negotiation between the event and the representation of the event. Her main areas of interest are Translation Studies, Culture Studies, American Studies, Literary Studies, and Media Studies.


Luisa santos

Luísa Santos is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences of UCP – the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon, since 2016, with a Gulbenkian Professorship. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin (2015), with a scholarship from The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), a Master’s Degree in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London (2008), with a Gulbenkian Scholarship, and a Degree in Communication Design, Faculty of Fine Arts-University of Lisbon (2003). In 2012, she conducted research in Curatorial Practice at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Combining research with curatorial practice, her most recent activities include “There’s no knife without roses”, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2012); “Daqui parece uma montanha”, Modern Art Centre, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2014); “Græsset er altid grønnere”, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde (2014-15) and the executive curatorship of the first edition of Anozero: Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015). Since 2015, she has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the CSO International Congress and sat the Scientific and Editorial Committees of the peer reviewed academic journals, Gama and Croma. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS), published by Büchner-Verlag.


Jorge Fazenda Lourenço holds a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is Associate Professor at the School of Human Sciences, where he teaches Literary Traditions and World Literature. He is the literary editor of Jorge de Sena’s works and was awarded the Jorge de Sena prize in 2012 for his work Matéria Cúmplice. Cinco Aberturas e um Prelúdio para Jorge de Sena.


Nelson Ribeiro

Nelson Ribeiro is Dean of the School of Human Sciences (since 2016) where he is also the Chair of the Communication Studies Department (since 2013). He was awarded a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Lincoln (UK) and presently his main research interests are political economy of the media and communication history, focusing on transnational communication fluxes and the usage of the media as instruments of propaganda and public diplomacy. Member of the Board of Directors at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), he also coordinates the research line on Media, Technology, and Contexts. Nelson Ribeiro has participated in several international research networks and is presently a member of the project “Connecting the Wireless World – Writing a Global Radio History” financed by the Leverhulme Trust. Since 2012, he has been vice-chair of the Communication History Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and an invited guest professor at both Universität Augsburg (Germany) and at the University of Saint Joseph (Macau-China). Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Communication Studies at the FCH between 2010 and 2016, he was also program director of a national broadcasting station, Radio Renascença, between 2005 and 2013, and of MEGA FM between 2000 and 2005.



Carla Ganito is Assistant Professor and Coordinator for post graduate studies and advanced training at the School of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal. She has a PhD in Communication Sciences that tackled the gendering ofthe mobile phone with the thesis: “Women and Technology: Gendering the MobilePhone. Portugal as a Case Study”.  Carla Ganito started her academic career in 2001 at the School of Human Sciences (FCH), where she lectures in the fields of digital communication and marketing. Besides being a main researcher at CECC, she is also an invited researcher at CIMJ – Research Center for Media and Journalism and at CIES-IUL. Her main research and teaching interest are: new media, mobile communications, gender and technology, education and technology, digital reading. She is a MC member of the COST Action IS1404 – Evolution of reading in the age of digitization (E-READ).


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Ana Margarida Abrantes studied English and German at the Universities of Aveiro, Essen and Innsbruck. She holds a Masters Degree in Cognitive Linguistics and a PhD in German Language and Literature, which she completed in 2008 at the Catholic University of Portugal. Between 2006 and 2009 she was visiting scholar at the Center for Semiotics of Aarhus University and at the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, USA. In 2006 she joined the Research Center for Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Human Sciences, where she is currently one of the senior researchers of the research line Translating Europe Across the Ages. Her research fields include the study of cognition and culture, cognitive linguistics, cognitive poetics and German studies.


Catia Ferreira

Cátia Ferreira holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the FCH – Faculty of Human Sciences, UCP – the Catholic University of Portugal. She is currently Guest FCH-UCP Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Post-Graduate Course in Communication and Content Marketing, EPGFA/FCH. In addition to her teaching activities undertaken in FCH-UCP, Cátia Ferreira is also a member of the teaching staff for the PhD program in Communication Studies, resulting from a partnership between the Catholic University of Portugal and the Catholic University of Mozambique, and of the Master’s Degree in Digital Communication, the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Braga Regional Center, UCP. She is a senior researcher at the Research Center for Communication and Culture Studies (Catholic University of Portugal), sits on the Scientific Board as well as a researcher at the Centre for Sociology Research and Studies (ISCTE).


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Jorge Vaz de Carvalho has a bachelor of Arts in Modern Literatures from Universidade Clássica de Lisboa, a Master’s in Comparative Literature from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the School of Human Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa. His literary works include poetry (A Lenta Rendição da Luz), short stories, essays (among others, Jorge de Sena, Sinais de Fogo como romance de formação, Jorge de Sena prize 2010 and PEN Clube de Ensaio prize 2011) and translation (including VICO Giambattista, Ciência Nova, scientific and technical translation prize of the União Latina/FCT 2006); BLAKE, William, Songs of Innocence and of Experience; ALIGHIERI, Dante, Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri; several works of Umberto Eco; George Steiner, Tolstoi ou Dostoievski; Ulysses de James Joyce (Great Prize of Literary Translation APT/SPA 2015); Emma de Jane Austen. He was Musical Director of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (1999-2006). He was Director of the Portuguese Instituto das Arts (2005-2007). He is currently a teaching professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa



Paulo Campos Pinto holds a PhD in Culture Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal and an M.A. in Art History from Lusíada University (2003). He is Executive Coordinator and Development Director of the Lisbon Consortium and member of The Office of Evaluation and Professional Development (GADEP) at FCH, where he coordinates internal evaluations and internships. His research interests are art history, iconography and decorative arts.


Ricardo reis

Ricardo Ferreira Reis is Assistant Professor of Accounting, holds a PhD in Business Science and Applied Economics, Wharton School, U. Pennsylvania, USA and a BA in Economics, University of Porto. Prof. Reis teaches Financial Accounting at the MBA, Undergraduate and Executive Education levels at the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. His areas of interest in research are based on informational economics, with an emphasis on Accounting, ranging from agency theory to corporate governance. He previously taught both Cost and Financial Accounting at The Wharton School. Before that, he was attending the Doctorate and Masters Degree in Economics at Universidade Nova in Lisbon, where he also taught a wide range of courses in Economics and Business. Prof. Reis was a consultant for the then Lisbon Stock Exchange and the Porto Derivatives Exchange and he worked as a credit risk analyst for investment banking earlier in his career.


Joana Carneiro Pinto

Joana Carneiro Pinto is Assistant Professor at the FCH. She graduated and received her PhD in Psychology, specialization in Vocational Psychology, at the University of Minho, with the thesis “Career self-management: study of a psychological intervention model with research grant holders”, a subject that represents the transition between vocational psychology and social and organizational psychology. She teaches courses related, among others, to the development of academic and professional skills, research methodologies, psychometrics, psychological assessment, psychology of learning, and educational psychology. She has working experience in assessment and interventions with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. A researcher on studies related to well-being and life projects, the assessment of needs and effectiveness of psychological interventions in institutional settings, and scientific research methodologies.


Joana Moura

Joana Moura is currently teaches Academic English (Grad Labs) in the International MA/PhD programs in Culture Studies at UCP and teaches English in the MA program in Língua Gestual Portuguesa at the Instituto de Ciências da Saúde, UCP. She holds a BA in German with English from King’s College London (2008), an MA in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (2011) and she just completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at SUNY Stony Brook with a dissertation entitled “The Difference that a Body Makes: Figurations of the Translator’s Body and Mistranslation in Peter Handke’s Translation Narratives”. At the moment, she collaborates in two research projects at the Centre for Comparative Studies (University of Lisbon), namely in “Comparative World Literature” and “Moving Bodies: Circulations, Narratives and Archives in Translation”. Her main research interests: Comparative Literature, Culture Studies, Translation Studies and 20th-Century German-language Literature and Film.

Visiting Professors (2017-2018)


Angela Locatelli is (Full and Tenured) Professor of English Literature, and Director of the PhD Program in “Euro-American Literatures” at the University of Bergamo, Italy. Faculty member (and one of the five founding members) of the International PhD Network established in 2008 by the University of Giessen (Germany) with the Universities of Bergamo, Helsinki, Stockholm, The Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon and the University of Graz

Frederik Tikstrup

Frederik Tigstrup is the director of the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies and professor of comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen. His primary specialisation is in the history and theory of the European novel. His present research interests include the intersections of artistic practices and other social practices, urban aesthetics, the history of representations and experiences of space, literature and medicine, literature and geography, literature and politics. Recent articles (in non-Scandinavian languages) include: “Cultural Territories,” in Nora Berning et.al.: Experiencing Space – Spacing Experience, (Metzler 2015);“Notes on Affect ,” in Sharma & Tygstrup (eds.): Structures of Feeling, (de Gruyter 2014).

Paulo de Medeiros

Paulo de Medeiros is Professor of Modern and Contemporary World Literatures, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. He was Associate Professor at Bryant College (USA) and Professor at Utrecht University (Netherlands) before moving to Warwick. In 2011-2012 he was Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford and in 2013 and 2014 President of the American Portuguese Studies Association. From 2014 to 2017 he served as Director of Reseach. Current projects include a study on Postimperial Europe

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Álvaro Barbosa is Associate Professor and Dean of the faculty of Creative industries at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau since September 2012. Prior to this position he was the head of department at the Sound and Image Dpt. from Universidade Católica Portuguesa/School of Arts where he co-founded CITAR in 2009 the Creative Business Incubator ARTSpin and in 2011 the Digital Creativity Center (CCD). He also promoted several new innovative curricula such as the PhD Program in Science and Technology of the Arts, the Master Program in Creative Industries Management and the Post-Graduation Degrees in Photography and Digital Design. Holding a PhD degree in Computer Science and Digital Communication from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and a Graduate Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Aveiro University in Portugal, his academic activity is mainly focused on the field of Design foir Audio and Music Technology, in which he worked for five years as an Resident Researcher at the Barcelona Music Technology Group (MTG). His recent R&D work, on experimental Network Music and Interactive Sound-Design Systems, was largely fostered in 2010 during a Post-Doctoral Research Position at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). His projects, in collaboration with other artists and researchers, have been extensively presented and performed internationally, with special emphasis in Sound and Music Design pieces, Collaborative Interactive Installations, Live Electronic Music, Computer Animation short-film, Design Thinking and Systematic Creativity.

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Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birbeck College, University of London, director and author of the seminal work Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.

Previous Visiting Professors

– Gabriele Brandstetter (Freie Universität Berlin) – 2007-2008
– Barbie Zelizer (Annenberg School for Communication – University of Pennsylvania) – 2007-2008.
– Elisabeth Bronfen (Universität Zürich/New York University) – 2008-2009
– Biagio d’Angelo (PUC – S. Paulo) – 2008-2009
– Wolfgang Müller-Funk (Universität Wien) – 2009-2010
– Lawrence Grossberg (University of North Carolina) – 2009-2010
– Ansgar Nünning & Vera Nünning (Univ. Giessen; Univers. Heidelberg) – 2010-2011
– Monroe Price (Annnenberg School for Communication – Univ. Pennsylvania) – 2010-2011
– Frederik Tygstrup (Univ. Copenhagen) – 2011-2012
– Joyce Goggin (Univ. Amsterdam) – 2011-2012
– Frank Stern (Univ. Wien) – 2012-2013- Kai Sicks and Martin Zierold (Univ. Giessen) – 2012-2013
– Octavian Saiu (University of Bucharest) – 2013-2014- Kai van Eikels (Free University of Berlin) – 2014-2015
 -Karl Erik Schøllhammer (Puc-Rio)- 2015-2016
 – Knut Ove Eliassen (NTNU) – 2015-2016
Guest lecturers
– Edward Soja (UCLA)
– Marc Augé
– Marvin Carlson (City University of New York)
– Monika Schmitz-Emans (Univ. Bochum)
– Michael delli Carpini (U. Pennsylvania)
– Michael Schudson (Columbia Univ.)
– Maria Luísa Berwanger da Silva (UFRGS – Brasil)
– Paola Mildonian (Univ. Ca Foscari, Venice)
– Manfred Schmeling (Univ. des Saarlandes)
– Christiane Schoenfeld (U. Galway)
– Claudia Benthien (U. Hamburg)
– Xavier Antich (U. Girona; Fundación Tapiés)
– Jonathan Hart (Univ. Alberta, Canada)
– Marianne Hirsch (Columbia Univ.)
– Leo Spitzer (Univ. Dartmouth)
– Doris Bachmann-Medick (U. of Giessen)
– João Ferreira Duarte (U. Lisbon)
– Paulo de Medeiros (U. Utrecht)
– Frank Stern (Univ. Wien)
– Pirjo Lyytikainen (University of Helsinki)


Invited speakers:
– Robert Wilson (Director, Watermill Foundation)
– Martha Rosler (Artist)
– Nina Berman (photographer)
– Andreas Huyssen (Columbia Univ.)
– Anton Kaes (UC Berkeley)
– Henry Jenkins (UCSD)
– Aleida Assmann (U. Konstanz)
– Richard Grusin (U. Madison, Wisconsin)
– David Slocum (NYU)
– Per Aaage Brandt (Case Western University)
– Uwe Wirth (U. Giessen)
– Liliane Weissberg (U. of Pennsylvania)
– Thomas Elsaesser (U. Amsterdam)
– Christoph Lindner (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis)
– André Lepecki (New York University)
– Lawrence Venuti (Temple University)
– David Wellbery (U. Chicago)
– Xiaomei Chen (UCDavis)
– António Sousa Ribeiro (U. Coimbra)
– Roberto Vecchi (U. Bologna)
– Márcio Seligmann Silva (Unicamp, Brasil)
– Ellen Sapega (U. Madison)

– Carles Guerra (MACBA, Barcelona)- Tony Bennett (Centre for Cultural Research – University of Western Sydney)- George Yúdice (University of Miami)

– Naomi Segal (Birkbeck College – University of London)
– Elena Esposito (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
– Amit Pinchevski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
– Joseph Heathcott (New School for Social Research, NY)
– Frederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen)
– Álvaro Barbosa (University of Saint Joseph, Macau)
– Luís Gustavo Martins (School of the Arts – Catholic University of Portugal)
– Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello (Open University, Portugal)
– Samuel Weber (Northwestern University)
– Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University)
– Antonio Monegal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
– Catherine Perret (Nanterre University, Paris X)

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