José da Silva Ribeiro

José da Silva Ribeiro


Graduated in Philosophy from the University of Porto (1976), PhD in Cine Vídeo from the Escola Superior Artística do Porto (1989), master’s degree in Multimedia Educational Communication from the Open University of Portugal (1993) and doctorate in Social Sciences - Anthropology from the University Open of Portugal (1998). Former professor at the Open University of Portugal. He has vast experience in the field of Anthropology, with an emphasis on Visual Anthropology, working mainly on the following themes: visual anthropology, digital anthropology, cinema, research methods in anthropology, interculturality and Afro-Atlantic culture. Fieldwork undertaken in Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina and Cuba. He coordinated the International Network of Scientific Cooperation Images of Culture / Image Culture. Visiting professor at Mackenzie University (Education, Art and History of Culture), UECE, UCDJB, University of Murcia - Spain (ERASMUS) and University of Savoie - France, University of S. Paulo. Researcher at GI - Media and cultural mediations - CEMRI: Open University. Former Visiting professor at UFG - Faculty of Visual Arts 2016-2019. Currently preparing a work project - Teaching, Research and Extension at the Federal University of Maranhão. José coordinates the Group of Studies in Cinema and Digital Narratives of AO NORTE - Association of Animation and Audiovisual Production

Albertino Gonçalves


Albertino has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Paris V-Sorbonne (1981) and a doctorate in Sociology from Universidade do Minho (1994), where he aggregated in the Sociology disciplinary group (2005). He has been teaching, since 1982, subjects in the field of social sciences methodology and cultural sociology, lifestyle and the arts. Coordinator of the post-graduation courses at Institute of Social Sciences, a member of the founding committee of Casa Museu of Monção and researcher at the Studies Center Communication and Society.

Alfonso Palazón Meseguer

Palazón Meseguer

Winner of the Aurélio Paz dos Reis International Award 2016. He has worked on different projects as a screenwriter, producer and director, among which we highlight: Senegal. Apuntes de un viaje, 2007; Sunuy Aduna (Nossas Vidas), 2009; 20 anos dando vida aos dias, 2012. The feature-length documentary Al escucha el viento (2013) as producer, screenwriter and director was selected for competition at the International Festival de Valladolid 2013. Co-producer in the transmedia documentary project La Primavera Rosa (nominated Goya Awards 2018 in Mexico). His most recent project was the short documentary Juan Brito: Tamia (2019). The Webdoc project: Mirages on Highly Vulnerable Refugees is currently being completed.

Álvaro Domingues


Álvaro António Gomes Domingues (Melgaço, 1959) is a geographer, PhD in Human Geography and associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. Teaching activity: Teacher of the integrated master's and doctoral program in Architecture and PhD Course at FAUP; Member of the Scientific Council at FAUP; Professor of the Master’s degree "Project of the Urban Environment" (FAUP/FEUP); Teacher of PhD Course of Architecture of the University of Coimbra.; Professor of the Summer Courses at the Serralves Foundation; Visiting professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Visiting Professor at the University of Granada. Regularly collaborates with other universities, foundations, Público newspaper, cultural and professional associations, whilst developing a regular activity as a lecturer. Research fields: Urban Geography, Urban Planning, Landscape, Territory, Cultural Policy. His recent books include: Vida no Campo (ed. Dafne, Porto, 2012), A Rua da Estrada (ed.Dafne, Porto, 2010) and Políticas Urbanas II (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2012 with Nuno Portas and João Cabral)

Cornélia Eckert


Bachelor's Degree in History (1981) and Degree in History from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1980), Master's Degree in PPGAS IFCH UFRGS (1985), Doctorate in Social Anthropology - Paris V - Sorbonne, Université Renne Descartes (1991). She completed a postdoctoral program in Sound and Visual Anthropology, Paris VII (2001) and carried out a postdoctoral program at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany in 2013. Retired Full Professor and currently visiting professor at the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology at the University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Lines of research: visual and image anthropology, urban anthropology, anthropology and the environment. Coordinator of the BIEV portal and of the Visual Anthropology Center (NAVISUAL). Researcher at NUPECS (PPGAS UFRGS) at CEPED (UFRGS). Editor of the e-magazine Iluminuras, Fotocronografia magazine and participates in the Editorial Committee o Horizontes Antropológicos magazine.

Daniel Maciel


Daniel is a member of AO NORTE and holds a PhD in Anthropology – Power, Resistance and Social Movements, from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He develops research on uses and practices of culture aimed at marginalized populations, with a special interest in its application in prison contexts. Alongside AO NORTE he has been collaborating in projects of collection, inventory and reflection around historical photographs in personal albums.

Gonzalo Ballester


Director Gonzalo Ballester stands out with his first short film, "Mimoune" (2006, 11'), winner of around 20 awards and selected in 100 international festivals. Later "La Serenissima" (2006, 30') was nominated for best short film at the 2007 Goya Awards. A graduate of the European Film College in Denmark, he later directed other short films such as "The Last Landscaper" (2007, 25'), " The Molky Way" (2009, 24'), "Al-Madina (The City)" (2011, 14') and presents his first documentary feature, "Al Otro Lado del Mar" (2011, 65'). In 2015, he premiered "Ramón Gaya. Pintura como Destino" (2015, 53') on TVE's Indispensáveis ​​do 2 program. He works at the production company José Luis López Linares (from 2010 to 2015) acting as camera operator, sound designer, editor and production assistant in documentaries such as "Altamira, the origin of art", "Jerez and the mystery of the cut stick", "Champions (La Roja)" etc. His most recent documentary, entitled "The Council of Good Men (A Lei do Jardim)" (2019, 35 ́), is about the day-to-day life of this Court, UNESCO Intangible Heritage. Gonzalo currently resides in Murcia, making different audiovisual works for institutions such as Teatro Circo Murcia, video clips and documentaries. He has just finished his latest work, titled “Karim” (2021, 23 ́), which will be released soon.

helena elias


Helena Elias is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon (FBAUL). She was awarded with a PhD in Public Art, Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona (2007), in the area of Sculpture, an MArts, Grays School of Arts, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK (2000) and a BFA (hons)in Sculpture, FBAUL (1999). Previously, she was an FCT Postdoctoral Fellow in Sculpture at FBAUL_VICARTE. As an artist, teacher and researcher, she articulates teaching and artistic practice, exhibiting work and publishing several articles, workshops and book chapters. She coordinates The Making of Arts and Sciences Research line of VICARTE-FBAUL, with the ARcTic South project, funded by EEA Grants. She is part of the research team of the project MEMORY WORK and the project Photo Impulse: measuring the colonies and their bodies (PTDC/COM-OUT/29608/2017). She has recently been artist in residence for the Creative Europe Pass the Mic! Decolonize Education through arts (CREA 616850/2020).

Ivan Deance


Having been born for the record of memory, he dedicates himself to the preservation of stories and memories about minorities in Mexico and other parts of Latin America for over 20 years. An anthropologist and historian by career and affection, he has experience in regional studies, oral history and management of photographic and sound archives. Ivan is a member of Mexico's National System of Investigators. -

João Gigante

João Gigante

Born in Viana do Castelo, graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Belas Artes in Porto and completed a Master's Degree in Audiovisual Communication (Photography) at Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He mantains his course among the practice of fine arts, having displayed his work in several exhibitions within the national and international artistic scene and the practice of production and organization of events and artistic projects and the projection and organization of projects of social and ethnographic level, maintaining its artistic and conceptual character. His work complements the different areas of plastic performance, like photography, video, sound design, installation and design. Developer of musical projects with highlights such as PHOLE and the sound plastic project ARAME (with Miguel Arieira). João is also the founding member and director of PARASITA Magazine (with Hugo Soares).

joão lafuente

João Lafuente

Graduate in Applied Mathematics from the University of Porto, worked as a computer technician at Caixa Geral de Depósitos. He has been dedicated to photography since adolescence, with some of his works published in books and magazines. Participated in collective exhibitions and held individual exhibitions and in co-authorship with Manuela Matos Monteiro. Among the various exhibitions produced are "Carnival in Venice", "The Harvest", "Crystalline light", "Istanbul - Roadmap of melancholy", "Tropicana / Matanzas", "South of Dakar" Istanbul and Lisbon - Roadmaps of melancholy ". Among other interventions, we should also mention his work in co-authorship on the river Douro: official photograph of the 250th anniversary of the demarcated region, an exhibition about the region in Parliament (" the Douro on the Tagus” with Siza Vieira, José Rodrigues and Gracinda Candeias), in the European Parliament / Brussels, Paris, Bordeaux, Maputo and Beira (Mozambique), in various areas of the Douro and Porto. Since October 2013, with Manuela Matos Monteiro, João has been running the galleries ESPAÇO MIRA and MIRA FORUM, in Campanhã, Porto.

Klaus Schriewer


Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Murcia. Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair (2011-2014, 2019-2022) and director of the Center for European Studies at the University of Murcia (CEEUM 2013-2018 and from 2020 onwards). He studied European Ethnology at the University of Marburg (Germany) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Klaus was a regular guest professor at the Københavns Universitetem in Copenhagen, the University of Hamburg and the University of Basel. His research deals with the relationship between man and nature (with the example of the cultural dimension of the forest and landscape), the relationship between state and culture (including the European Union), economic anthropology (based on the debate on means of production and ways of life), funerary culture and analysis of consciousness that starts from an updated narratology. The project linked to the Jean Monnet Presidency (2019-22), focuses on the cultural dimension of European integration and the current difficulties that occur in this process.

Manuela Matos Monteiro

Matos Monteiro

Manuela Matos Monteiro tem formação em Filosofia e Psicologia sendo co-autora de livros de Psicossociologia, Psicologia e autora de livros de Pedagogia, Metodologia de Projeto entre outros (Porto Editora). Dirigiu durante anos a revista 2:PONTOS e foi coordenadora do site NetProf. Dedica-se à fotografia há vários anos, participando com os seus trabalhos em exposições colectivas e individuais. O seu trabalho tem sido reconhecido através de prémios obtidos em diversos concursos de fotografia, de que se destaca o 1º prémio no concurso internacional “La femme et la vigne”. Tem trabalhos publicados em livros e revistas. De entre as diferentes intervenções pode-se destacar o trabalho em coautoria

Manuela Penafria


Professor in the 1st and 2nd Cycles in Cinema courses, at UBI-University of Beira Interior. Member of the editorial board of journals in Portugal and Brazil, as well as member of the scientific committee in several events. Member of the Advisory Board of the AIM-Association of Moving Image Investigators, where she is a coordinating member of the Working Group “Filmmakers’ Theory”. Co-editor of DOC On-line Magazine ( and researcher at Labcom-Comunicação e Artes.

Manuel Nicolas Meseguer

Nicolas Meseguer

Professor of Audiovisual Communication at the University of Murcia and researcher in the History of Cinema. Coordinator of the University's film classroom. He also worked as a professor at the Higher School of Dramatic Art in Murcia and at the Centro de Estudios Ciudad de la Luz (Alicante). He is a member of the Spanish Association of Film Historians, the Union of Filmmakers and Cinemur. After completing his Master's in History and Aesthetics of Cinematography at the University of Valladolid, he obtained a doctorate at the University of Murcia. Manuel has carried out research residencies at the University of the Arts and Humboldt University (both in Berlin), as well as at New York University (NYU) and teaching residencies at the National University of Mexico, the University of Bonn and the University of Lüneburg (Germany). Among his publications is a monograph dedicated to a mythical production company from the 30s and 40s: Hispano Film Produktion. A Spanish adventure in the cinema of the Third Reich (Santander: ShangriLa, 2017). He also directed the experimental film Berlin Series, finalist at the Ponferrada Film Festival and the Ischia Film Festival (Italy, 2012).

Mariano Baez Landa

Baez Landa

A Mexican national, he graduated in Anthropology from Universidad Veracruzana, Master’s in Social Anthropology from CIESAS and PhD in Social Sciences from the State University of Campinas SP Brazil. Mariano has worked at CIESAS since 1983, where he is a research professor at the regional unit of the Gulf. Coordinator of the Research Network in Audiovisual Anthropology (RIAA) at the Latin American level and is part of the Researcher Network in Visual Anthropology of CIESAS (RIAV-CIESAS).

Mina Rad


Mina Rad left her native country at the age of 18, the day after the Iranian revolution to purse her dream like Oriana Fallaci and become an international reporter. After studying history, journalism and communication at the Sorbonne Paris, she embarked on international political journalism in various Central Asian countries. She worked for the BBC, RFI and AFP. While traveling the world, for twelve years, she discovers another passion, World Music. She became Editor-in-Chief of World Music Supplements for The World of Music. Between 1990 to 2000 she traveled the world and produced supplements devoted to the music of rare and emerging countries for; Yemen, Egypt, Cuba, Cape Verde, Marocco and India. In 2011 and 2014, she trained in the production and writing of documentaries at Ateliers Varan. Her first film "For me the sun never sets," was awarded the prize for best documentary film at the Festival of Truth in Iran in 2012. This film got the jury mention, "for the warmth and simplicity to tell a deep story". She is the founder and president of Apresvaran, an alumni association of Ateliers Varan created in 2013. She is director of the Apresvaran Documentary Film Festival. As a documentary filmmaker, she has directed more than ten films. In preparing several documentaries, she notes that the documentary opens a window to the universe. Mina Rad has made several portraits of people who have marked the history of Iran: "This family of 60 people",and "History of the Mafi family". Mina Rad, is interested in the transmission of knowledge and the methods of the realization of great filmmakers like Jean Rouch (France), Pierre Perrault (Quebec, Canada). She directs and produces documentary films based on the influence of these cineastes. In 2017, the film "Jean Rouch Persian look", was broadcast by TV5 Monde on the occasion of the centenary of Jean Rouch. EN 2019, The film "Persian Tales, Jean Rouch in Iran" was presented at Melgaco International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal. It will be published in Montparnasse publisher in France in a series of films dedicated to Jean Rouch. EN 2019, "The future of the past, Pierre and Yolande Perrault", which reflects the influence of this filmmaker after half a century on the little children of the characters of his films at Isle aux Coudres. This film was in the official selection of the Festival for Art at FiFA in Montreal. And it is scheduled at the Jean Loup Passak awards at the Melgaco International Documentary Film Festival.

Olívia Marques da Silva

Marques da Silva

Guest researcher at the Audiovisual Studies Group at the University of Santiago Compostela and PhD in Photography at the Derby School of Art & Design, UK (Ph.d., Mphil/Ph.d./MA). She received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Portuguese Photography Center. Olívia associates academic activity with artistic expression as a photographer, participating in several individual and collective exhibitions. Collaborator in various publications on the themes of Visual Anthropology and Documentary Photography. Her connection to the Polytechnic of Porto began in 1992, where she was director of the Department of Image Arts at the ESMAE School. She created and was coordinator of the Masters in Audiovisual Communication in the fields of Specialization in Photography and Audiovisual Cinema and Audiovisual Production and Direction. Former president of the Technical-Scientific Council of ESMAE. Collaborator with the following research centres: GEV-Universidade Santiago Compostela, CCRE-FAUP and eCPR- European Center for Photographic Research at South Wales University. She is currently a member of the General Council of P.Porto, member of the Management Council of P.Porto, 2nd term as President of the Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design (ESMAD) of P.PORTO.

Paulo Ferreira da Costa

Ferreira da Costa

Paulo has a degree in Anthropology and, since 2015, has been Director of the National Museum of Ethnology / Museum of Popular Art, having previously worked at the National Museum of Ethnology between 1993 and 2001. Whilst In the Directorate- General for Cultural Heritage, he served as Head of Division of Immovable, Movable and Intangible Heritage (2012-2014). Director of the Intangible Heritage Department of the Institute of Museums and Conservation (2007-2012) and Director of Inventory Services of the Portuguese Institute of Museums (2002-2007). As part of his management duties at the National Museum of Ethnology / Museum of Popular Art, he has given particular importance to the digital transition, through the development of several projects for digitizing archives and collections, for this purpose applying the guidelines and working instruments that were previously developed, on a national scale, within the scope of the functions he performed at the Institute of Museums and Conservation and at the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage.

renato amram athia

Amram Athia

Renato Athias is the general coordinator of the Recife International Festival of Ethnographic Film. He holds a degree in Philosophy from Dom Bosco Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences ad Arts (1975), MA in Ethnology – Université de Paris X, (Nanterre, 1982) with a dissertation on the Notion of Ethnic Identity in Brazilian Anthropology. Holds a Doctorate in Ethnology by the same University (1995). He conducted studies in the fields of Media and Television at the University of Southampton (UK). Coordinator of the Center for Studies and Research on Race (NEPE), UFPE and is Assistant Professor of the Graduate Program in Anthropology at UFPE. Currently coordinates the Visual Anthropology Laboratory of the Image, Sound & Human Sciences at UFPE.

García Arrañaga

Mexican communicator, producer, broadcaster and editor, he is a listener by birth and affection. With an innate vocation and great love for sound creation, he has over 10 years of experience in editing, voiceovers and radio production. Ricardo has developed a variety of programs ranging from science communication to regional journalism, both on Internet radio and public broadcasting, contributing to high-audience radio spaces such as La Hora Nacional.

Rodrigo Lacerda


Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. PhD in Anthropology: Politics and Exhibitions of Culture and Museology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH) and from ISCTE-IUL, and a master’s degree in Anthropology, with a specialization in Visual Culture, from NOVA FCSH. Graduate at the National Film and Television School (UK) and a BA (Hons) in Film and Broadcast Production at the London Metropolitan University. Researcher at the Center for Research Networks in Anthropology (CRIA) and coordinator of the Laboratory of Visual Anthropology and Arts (NAVA) at CRIA. He has been an assistant professor at NOVA FCSH since 2017 and the University of Coimbra from 2019 to 2020.

Thor Morales


MexicanAmerican. He graduated as a biologist at the Universidad Veracruzana and holds a master's degree from El Colegio de la FronteraSur. Author of several book chapters and scientific and dissemination articles on ecology, ethno-ornithology and participatory video. He is a self-taught photographer and cameraman. Since 2011 he has been fully dedicated to photography, video production and facilitating participatory video and photography workshops. Thor currently lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, with his family.

Verónica Vazquez Valdez

Vazquez Valdez

Academic at BUAP. Doctorate in History and Ethnohistory, Master’s Degree in Communication. She also holds a degree in Photography and Visual Anthropology. Her academic production is based on the social investigation of photography as a source of primary information, addressing the phenomena of memory and cultural reproduction. Member of the National System of Researchers of the National Council of Science and Technology (Mexico).