Contemporary Art Studies



RG Coordinator

Margarida Brito Alves

Margarida Brito Alves


Integrated members


Ana Balona de Oliveira

Bruno Marques

Catarina Rosendo

Cristiana tejo

Cristiana Tejo

Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro

Filomena Serra

Giulia Lamoni

Israel Guarda

Miguel Leal

Miguel Mesquita Duarte

Paula Ribeiro Lobo

Paula Varanda

Paula Varanda

PhD students


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

Ana Catarina PinhoAna Catarina Pinho

Ana Maria Bilbao

catarina pires

Catarina Pires

Daniela Salazar

Ivo Braz

KS Foto Sistema Solar

Katherine Sirois


Luísa Salvador

Maria do Mar Fazenda

Mariana Gaspar

Mariangela Licordari

Marta Lança

Natasha Revez

Oscar Faria

Óscar Faria

Paula Ruela

Raquel Ermida

Rita Ferrão

Rita Ferrão

Rita Natálio

Susana Gaspar2

 Susana Gaspar


Other collaborators

Afonso Cortez-Pinto  |  Alexandra Ai-Quintas  |  Cláudia Madeira  |  Guilherme Paoliello   |  Jorge Figueira  |  José Oliveira  |  Nuno Crespo  |  Paulo Baptista



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.