I am a Tenured Assistant Professor of Modern Art, Romanticism, Theory and Methodologies of Art History and Theory and History of Heritage at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra (UC).
In this institution, I coordinated the Undergraduate Program Studies (1st Cycle) in Art History between 2015 and 2019 and was a member of the Scientific Council of the Department of History, European Studies, Archaeology and Arts, and the Pedagogical Council.
I am currently the Director of the PhD Programme in Art History and a member of the Scientific Council of the University of Coimbra's Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (IIIUC). I also co-lead the Heritage and Culture Helix, based at the Crowdhelix platform.
I completed my master's (2008) and doctorate (2012) in Art History (field: Portuguese architecture of 20th century) at UC and, during the development of the research for both academic degrees, received a scholarship from the Foundation for Science and Technology. I worked as an art historian in the Office responsible for the application of the University of Coimbra for World Heritage Status (UNESCO) and, from 2007 to 2012, taught public speaking skills at the Department of Informatics Engineering of UC, a field where I now work sporadically. I carried out teaching mobility assignments in Spain, Italy and Romania and, in April 2019, was a visiting researcher at Brown University, USA.
I am also an Integrated Researcher in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20), where I co-coordinated, between 2018 and 2020, the four interdisciplinary lines of research of the Centre.
My research focuses on the following areas: the relationship between fascism and modernism; the art of authoritarian/totalitarian regimes (particularly the case of Portuguese "Estado Novo"/New State); spheres and mechanisms of artistic control; colonialism and modern architecture; "dissonant heritage" and collective memory; Portuguese sculpture of 19th and 20th centuries.
I am currently a member of the research team of three projects funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology: "PIM –Iberian Modernisms and the Primitivist Imaginary"; "WUD –The worlds of (under)development: processes and legacies of the Portuguese colonial empire in a comparative perspective (1945-1975)", and "ArchNeed –The Architecture of Need: Community Facilities in Portugal 1945-1985".
I am also particularly interested in taking part in the development of artistic creations which deal with a "dissonant heritage" and result from collaborative work between social scientists and artists.
List of my publications here: https://www.cienciavitae.pt//en/1510-0395-8C81
Some of my publications available online here: http://coimbra.academia.edu/JoanaBrites