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: Vera holds an FCT scholarship and is currently working on her PhD dissertation in Culture Studies at Lisbon Consortium (UCP) and the Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen. Her research is focused on the memories of the German community living in Lisbon during the 1930s and 1940s, and on how they relate to historigraphic discourse and the European cultural memory narrative. The overarching concepts for this work are Jacques Derrida’s concept of the archive, Marianne Hirsch’s postmemory and Michael Rothberg’s multidirectional memory. Vera holds an MA in Culture Studies (UCP) with a final dissertation on the opera ‘Anna Nicole’ and its role in the operatic tradition of ‘fallen women’, a post-graduation in Arts Management by the Instituto Nacional de Administração, and a bachelor’s in music from Conservatório Nacional de Música. Fields of interest: cultural memory studies, opera studies, culture and affects/emotions, migration and translation, literary translation.

Sarah Nagaty: Sarah 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. 

Rogelio Iyari Martínez Márquez:  Iyari is a current PhD candidate in Culture Studies at The Lisbon Consortium (UCP) supported with a state grant by the Foundation for Science and Technology. He received a BA in French from Universidad Veracruzana (México), a postgraduate diploma on Contemporary Culture from Instituto Ortega y Gasset (Spain), and an MA in Culture Studies from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Iyari has taught in different areas such as music (Yamaha Academy), French and Eglish language (UPAV, HAF), and offered writing/lecture workshops for high-school level students. He has also written and published short stories in magazines and journals and appeared as a guest columnist at Diario de Xalapa, México. In addition, he has published music in different styles and performed in several venues across Mexico, with appearances in Mexican radio and television. Research interests include Identity, Migration, Violence, Music, Literature.

Patrícia Anzini: Patrícia is a post-doc researcher of the Research Center of Communication and Culture (CECC), at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and the program assist of Católica Doctoral School (CADOS). She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University (Evanston, U.S., 2018) and an MA in Literary Studies from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Araraquara, Brazil, 2011). 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. 

Eduardo Prado Cardoso is a PhD student in Culture Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. His FCT-financed research investigates relations between murder representations and the Brazilian cyberculture in the 2010s. Eduardo holds a Bachelors in Audiovisual from University of São Paulo (2011), specialized in Screenwriting. Recipient of a scholarship from the European Commission, he completed his Master of Arts in Screenwriting (2017) as a joint degree, awarded by Lusófona University, Edinburgh Napier University, and Tallinn University. His research interests include violence in the media, Lusophone cinema, Brazilian studies, and contemporary politics. 


Advisory Board

Isabel Capeloa Gil
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal

Peter Hanenberg
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal

Alexandra Lopes
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal

Xavier Antich
University of Girona, Spain

Norval Baitello Júnior
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brasil

Elisabeth Bronfen
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Xiaomei Chen
UC Davis, United States

André Lepecki
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, United States

Paulo de Medeiros
University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Javier Maderuelo Raso
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

António Sousa Ribeiro
University of Coimbra, Portugal

Frederik Tygstrup
Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies, Denmark

Roberto Vecchi
University of Bologna, Italy

Liliane Weissberg
University of Pennsylvania, United States

Christoph Wulf
Free University Berlin, Germany