Ilios Willemars: Ilios works on PhD thesis on bodies in digital art and 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.
Vera Herold: 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.
Sara Magno: Currently Sara is a PhD candidate doing research in Culture Studies at The Lisbon Consortium (UCP) and at the University of Copenhagen supported with a state grant by the Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research work consists on the study of documentary filmmaking in the field of contemporary art and the relationship between art and politics. She is particularly interested in the work of Portuguese artist Salomé Lamas and notions of reflexivity, documentality and parafiction. Relevant influences on this research are Michel Foucault, Maurizio Ferraris, and Hito Steyerl. Sara studied photography and video in Ar.Co, Center for Art and Communication, in Lisbon, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Arts and Design Academy, in Amsterdam, where she developed an artistic practice. Sara also concluded the Independent Study Program directed by Jurgen Bock at Maumaus, in Lisbon. In 2014 she finished a master´s degree in Communication and Art at the New University of Lisbon, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences with the thesis The Image-Document: Refigurations of the Archive on the Films of Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl and Filipa César.
Ekaterina Smirnova: Ekaterina Smirnova holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (2010) and the MA in Culture Studies, Lisbon Consortium, from the Catholic University of Portugal (2015). Her professional background includes working in the Culture and Events industry in Lisbon for over three years and a previous internship in the Educational department of the Lisbon Marionette Museum. Ekaterina is currently a PhD student in Culture Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. She holds a scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) that enables her to develop her doctoral project that focuses on the relationship between creativity and censorship. She analyses the effects of power infrastructures and censorship over the individuals in the animation film industry and argues that under specific conditions censorship may foster creativity and lead to the appearance of subversive means of storytelling. Main research interests are: Visual culture, Animation, Worldmaking, Creativity, Censorship, Marionette theatre, Power relations, Subversion and Resistance.
Sofia Pinto: 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, translation and visual culture.
Sarah Nagaty: is a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of Lisbon and receives funding from The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her research focuses on analyzing the collective oneiric consciousness of Egyptians in the second half of the 20th century. Her MA in cultural and literary studies from the University of Sheffield (UK) and the University of Perpignan (France), for which her dissertation focused on the Somali writer Nurrudin Farah, was funded by the European Commission. Sarah received her BA in English Literature from Alexandria University. She has published papers and articles in both English and Arabic. Before her PhD, Sarah worked at the Library of Alexandria where she developed a curriculum of online educational programs with the Harvard-affiliated platform edX.
Patrícia Anzini: Patrícia holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University (U.S.) and an MA in Literary Studies from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil). Her research and teaching focus on Lusophone cultures of the nineteenth- and twenty centuries with an emphasis on Brazil, as well as the comparative literature of the hemispheric Americas; poetry and poetics; theory and practice of translation; transnational studies; Brazuca literature; and Walt Whitman. Patrícia also has a longstanding record of experience teaching ESL, EFL, and Portuguese language classes. She is currently a post-doc researcher and a scientific assistant at the Research Center of Communication and Culture, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.