Contemporary Art Studies


RG Coordinator

Margarida Brito Alves

Margarida Brito Alves



Integrated Members

Ana Balona de OliveiraAna Balona de Oliveira

Basia Sliwinska

Bruno Marques_edited

Bruno Marques

Catarina Rosendo

Cristiana Tejo_edited

Cristiana Tejo

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro

Daniela Salazar_edited

Daniela Salazar

Giulia Lamoni_edited

Giulia Lamoni

Israel Guarda foto_edited

Israel Guarda

José Oliveira2

José Oliveira

Luisa Soares de Oliveira_edited

Luísa Soares de Oliveira

Miguel Montez Leal_edited

Miguel Leal

João Miguel Meruje_edited

Miguel Meruje

Miguel Mesquita Duarte_edited

Miguel Mesquita Duarte

Paula Ribeiro Lobo

Paula Varanda

Paula Varanda

Vanessa Badagliacca_edited

Vanessa Badagliacca



PhD Students

photo on 2016-11-17 at 14Alexandra do Carmo

Ana Catarina PinhoAna Catarina Pinho

AnaMary Bilbao_Ficha de investigador 2020_Fotografia

Ana Maria Bilbao

Carolina Machado

catarina pires

Catarina Pires

Fernando Duarte_edited

Fernando Duarte

Flora Paim

Francisca Gigante

Frederico Caiafa foto_edited

Frederico Caiafa


Gustavo Borges Corrêa

Irie Salomao_edited

Iriê Campos Júnior

Ivo Braz

KS Foto PB

Katherine Sirois


Luísa Castro Almeida

Luisa Salvador

Luísa Salvador

Foto Manuel Furtado

Manuel Furtado dos Santos

Oscar Faria

Óscar Faria

Raquel Ermida

 Rita Barreira

Rita Natálio foto_edited

Rita Natálio

Susana Gaspar2

 Susana C. Gaspar



Other collaborators

Afonso Cortez-Pinto  |  Cláudia Madeira  |  Filomena Serra  |  Guilherme Paoliello  |  Jorge Figueira  |  Maria do Mar Fazenda  |  Mariana Gaspar  |  Marta Lança  |  Natasha Revez  |  Nuno Crespo  |  Rita Gomes Ferrão



Contemporary Art and Architecture
Migrations, Circulations, Globalization
Performance Art and Performativity
Photography, Cinema and Video



CASt is currently constituted by 20 researchers, besides including the collaboration of 8 researchers associated to other R&D units. CASt is connected both to the Art History and to the Artistic Studies PhD programmes, and develops research spanning from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Over the last decade, CASt has broadened its methodologies, privileging interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to art history.
CASt comprises 4 sections (the last 2 operate as Clusters):
1. Spatial Practices, coord. by Alves, takes spatial practices in contemporary art as its main focus, privileging a conception of space connected to materiality and constructiveness, but also addressing the multiple activations of space based on relational and collaborative strategies.
2. Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art, coord. by Lamoni and Balona, develops transnational approaches to art history nourished by other areas of knowledge production like post-colonial studies and feminist theoretical formations – with a specific, though not exclusive, focus on the Global South.
3. Photography & Film Studies, coord. by Marques, addresses the visual arts in a broad context and considers photography, cinema and video as heterodox and interdisciplinary areas, placing particular emphasis on the relations established with other forms of expression, such as literature, painting, architecture, installation or performance.
4. Portuguese Performance Art & Performativity in Arts, coord. by Madeira and Cruzeiro, aims at bringing together researchers whose work explores Portuguese performance art as well as new forms of performativity that have developed through hybridization within the worlds of art and society in areas such as theatre, dance, music, photography, installations, digital art, as well as social movements.