Executive Committee

  • Catarina Casanova: has a PhD in Anthropology (Biological Anthropology) from the University of Cambridge and she is currently an associated professor in the Department of Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences (Lisbon Technical University). She belongs to several national and international scientific societies (as member and in directive boards), and she is currently the President of the Portuguese Primatological Society (APP). Her research and interest areas are environmental anthropology (biodiversity meanings, natural resource traditional management and human-wildlife conflict), history of anthropology in Portugal, primatology, material culture and traditions in nonhuman primates, gender studies in primatology and primate evolution, always under an interdisciplinary scope. She conducts field-work in West Africa (Guinea-Bissau Republic) where she co-directs the DARI FIEL STATION in Cantanhez Forest National Park with Cláudia Sousa (FCSH/UNL and CRIA). She also supervises several MA, PhD and Post-Doc students and has several research and development projects funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation and other funding bodies (e.g. Fish and Wildlife Service/Great Ape Conservation Fund) as team member and team leader. Some of her recent publications are:

CASANOVA, C. 2012 (in press). [Created under God’s image? Perceptions of human superiority. In Aguiar, J. (Ed.) HUMAN PERSPECTIVES]. Lisbon: Vendaval Press;

KLAILOVA M, CASANOVA C et al. 2012 (in press). Non-human predator interactions with wild great apes in Africa and the use of camera traps to study their dynamics. FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA (Primate-Predator Special Edition);

CASANOVA, C. 2012. [The role of Mendes Côrrea as a reference to Biological Anthropology in Portugal: Paths and trails. In Martins, A. (Ed.) – A. E. MENDES CÔRREA (1888-1960), BETWEEN SCIENCE, TEACHING AND POLITICS], Lisbon: ACD Press. Pp: 85-127;

SOUSA,J. ; A BARATA, C SOUSA, C CASANOVA E L VICENTE. 2011. Chimpanzee oil-palm use in southern Cantanhez National Park, Guinea-Bissau 2011 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 73:1-13;

CASANOVA, C. 2011. Evolution, Primates and Charles Darwin, ANTROPOLOGIA PORTUGUESA, Vol.26: 209-236;

CASANOVA, C; R MONDRAGON-CEBALLOS AND PC LEE. 2008. Innovative Social Behavior in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY, 70 (1):54-61;

SOUSA; C AND C CASANOVA. 2008. Are Great Apes Aggressive? A Cross-Species Comparison, 2008. ANTROPOLOGIA PORTUGUESA, Vol 22/23: 71-118;

CASANOVA, C. 2008. [Travelling to the place that belongs to the “Others” In Frias, S Ed. ETHNOGRAPHY AND EMOTIONS]. Lisbon: ISCSP/UTL. Pp. 19-33.

SOUSA, C; C CASANOVA AND C FERNANDES. 2007. Contribution of Molecular Data to the Study of Non-Human Primates, in ADVANCES IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION AND ITS APPLICATIONS TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Lima, M and C Santos eds. Kerala: Research Signpost. Pp.:115-166.;


  • Filipa Fernandes is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon. She is also a PhD candidate in Tourism at the University of Évora. Her dissertation explores heritage as a touristic resource. She holds a MA and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Technical University of Lisbon. She has researched in Madeira Island in material culture, water, irrigation systems, heritage, memory and tourism.
  • Irene Rodrigues is a doctoral student in anthropology (at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 2007-2012), M.A. in Anthropology (2007) and B.A. in Anthropology (1999) from Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon. She is Assistant Professor at the School of Social and Political Sciences, where she teaches courses on consumption, anthropology and qualitative methods. Since 2002, she has participated as researcher in several research projects funded, nationally and internationally, on topics such as gender, consumption, death and migration, based in ethnography conducted among Chinese migrants in Portugal and in China.
  • Maria Fátima Amante holds a PhD in Social Sciences (Anthropology specialty) from the Technical University of Lisbon (2005), an MA in Anthropological Sciences, also from the Technical University of Lisbon (Political and Social Sciences School). She has been, since 2006 a research fellow at the CEPESE, Economy, Population and Society Studies Center at Oporto University where she has also, directive functions as vice-president, and is coordinating the research stream, ‘Relations between Portugal and Spain’. She is, since 2005 an assistant professor at the Technical University of Lisbon (Political and Social Sciences School) where she teaches several courses at Anthropology and Political Science departments, concerning issues such as nationalisms and identity, discursive constructions of power, state performances and cultural borders. Her current research interests are local and national identities discursive construction, mainly the quotidian reproduction of the nation on public and private spaces;  construction and reproduction of identity on borderlands; Borderlands’ everyday life and narratives; Methodologically her work in based on ethnographic research and discourse analysis and theoretically supported by postmodernist and poststructuralist approaches to identity, states and nations.
  • Marina Pignatelli: is a PhD in Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, M.A. in Anthropological Sciences and Assistant Professor at the Social and Political Sciences Institute – Technical University of Lisbon. Having completed two post-graduations (Ethnology of Religions and Sephardic Studies), as well as open courses in parapsychology and religion, Judaism, Kabala, symbolism and Conflict Resolution (UNITAR) and Civil Crisis Management (IDN), she has been researching the Portuguese Jewish reality, since 1991, and more recently, developing studies also on intercultural and ethnic conflicts. She´s presently developing a post-doctoral programme regarding the Jews in Mozambique.
  • Tânia Ganito is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon. She is also a PhD candidate in Culture Studies at the Faculty of Human Sciences of Catholic University of Portugal and a junior member of CECC – Research Centre for Communication and Culture. Her dissertation explores the issues of silence, memory and identity in contemporary Chinese art. She holds a MA and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Technical University of Lisbon and a BA in Chinese Language from Beijing Language and Culture University.  Her research interests lie in the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Chinese Studies and Visual Culture.

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