Summer Course


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.

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.

elsa lechner


Elsa holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2003) and is an Associate Researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Rutgers and Brown Universities, USA (2014/15) with a biographical research project among the Portuguese community in New Jersey. Co-coordinator of the Humanities, Migration, and Peace Studies Group at CES and member of the CC of CES Permanent Committee (2010-2014), Assistant Researcher at CES (2009-2014), Principal Researcher at CES (2014-2019). FCT postdoctoral Fellow at ICS of the University of Lisbon and ISCTE (2003-2009). Her research focuses on identity processes in migrant contexts, intercultural relations, biographical research, the suffering and resilience of migrants, Portuguese emigration and immigration to Portugal, and the actions of migrant’s inclusion and participation. Coordinator of a Gulbenkian project on stories, memories and innovation in Portuguese immigration, in conjunction with the Museu da Pessoa (São Paulo), the Department of Portuguese Studies at the University of Paris X-Nanterre, the University of Berkeley, and the University of Rutgers-Newark. Author of several national and international papers and books on biographical research for the study of migrations. Currently, Elsa is developing articulation activities between biographical research, health, arts and culture.

fabienne wateau


Fabienne Wateau is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Paris Nanterre and Director of Research at the CNRS (Centro Nacional de Investigación Française). She dedicated her doctoral thesis to the municipality of Melgaço (Alto Minho, Portugal), and in particular to the ways of sharing irrigation water and conflicts between beneficiaries – from which her book Conflicts and water for irrigation was published. Essay on social organization in the Melgaço valley (Ed. Dom Quixote, 2000). She also made several film documentaries, including a series of three short films about instruments for measuring water, in collaboration with the National Museum of Ethnology in Lisbon. The first was filmed in the parish of Penso (2002 – La pierre de partage de l’eau, 10’); the second in the parish of Chaviães (2006 – La canne à mesurer l’eau, 28’); and a third, for comparative purposes, on the other side of the river Minho in Galicia, in Arbo (2004 – Les conques d’Arbo, 7’). She then moved on to other research and film documentaries: in Alentejo, the return of the Alqueva Dam and the displacement of the village of Luz (Querem faz um mar, ICS, 2016); and nowadays in Estarreja, Beira Litoral, about the contamination by the chemical complex of the waters and surrounding lands.

manoela afonso rodrigues

Afonso Rodrigues

Manoela dos Anjos Afonso Rodrigues: PhD in Arts from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Professor of the Graduate Program in Art and Visual Culture and of the Bachelor of Visual Arts undergraduate course at the Faculty of Visual Arts at the Federal University of Goiás (FAV/UFG). She coordinates and develops investigations in the line of research in Artistic Poetics and Creative Processes, with an emphasis on Autobiographical Research in Art. She is the founding leader of the research group Nucleus of Autobiographical Artistic Practices – NuPAA / UFG / CNPq. She was President of the National Association of Researchers in Visual Arts (ANPAP) in the biennium 2019/2020, of which she has been an affiliated member of the Artistic Poetic Committee since 2010. She has been a member of the Brazilian Association of Oral History (ABHO) since 2018. Her artistic, pedagogical and investigative practices are guided by the poetics of (self)location that articulate notions of space, place, territory, displacement and autobiogeography.

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.

graça castanheira


Graça Castanheira has a degree in Directing from the Lisbon Theater and Film School, she attended a PhD in Arts (Performing Arts and Moving Image) at the University of Lisbon and the IPL - Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. In 2008 she created the production and post-production company Pop Filmes. Currently, she teaches at Lisbon Theater and Film School under the title of Specialist in the Field of Directing, curricular units of Screenwriting, Directing, Documentary Cinema and Writing for Television. She is a Master's professor at the same school where she teaches Dramaturgy and Directing and Project Direction. She is a founding partner of the climate justice documentary platform SCENARIO. She is one of the founding partners of Apordoc and was a member of the board between 2007 and 2010. A film and television director with a regular activity since 1989, she has had a solid career, distinguished with several awards. Her documentaries are dedicated to topics ranging from political upheavals in the Balkans, to portraits of Portuguese cultural figures, to the relationship between biology and behaviour. She directed series for television such as O Tempo e o Modo in which she interviewed, among others, Lula da Silva, Lucrecia Martel, Eduardo Galeano or Laurie Anderson, with the future as its thematic. The series 2084 – Imagine which she also made is a set of live conversations, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, about the impact of technologies on everyday life.

paula tavares


Paula Tavares is Vice President of IPCA, Director of the Higher School of Design at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave. Director of the Master’s degree in Illustration and Animation at IPCA. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, graduated in Design from ESAP and in Fine Arts-Painting from FBAUP, was an ERAMUS scholarship holder in Barcelona between 1997 and 1998. She taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto between 1999 and 2004 as well as at the Artistic School of Porto. From 2004 to 2012 she collaborated with the same school at their branch in Guimarães. She participates in seminars, workshops and conferences periodically, presenting research work in the field of Design and Audiovisuals. She organizes and is responsible for the IPCA International Conference on Illustration and Animation ( As an artist, she has exhibited and participated in events since the nineties, having being represented in various publications related to her artistic career, as well as in several collections of contemporary art.

gregório albuquerque


Gregório Albuquerque is a Professor/Researcher at the Nucleus of Educational Technologies in Health and professor of audiovisual at the Joaquim Venâncio Polytechnic School of Health (EPSJV/FIOCRUZ). PhD in Public Policies and Human Education from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) with the research "Thinking through the image: Audiovisual Education from the cultural, political and pedagogical perspective". Coordinator of the Joaquim Venâncio Student Audiovisual Exhibition, the Audiovisual and Education Seminar, and of the Mandala Pedagogical Camps project. He produced the documentary Ilva! in 2021.

sandra ruesga


Sandra Ruesga graduated in Political Science in Toulouse, in Journalism in Madrid and did a post-graduate degree in documentary screenwriting (Complutense University). She works in film, television and advertising. In 2004 she co-directed the feature documentary “200 KM”. She has directed several short documentaries, including “Haciendo Memoria”, “Lejos devaneios em um trem”, “The initiation” and “O que não foi”, worked as a producer of film festivals, such as Almeria en Corto, Animadrid, Festival 4+1- Fundación Mapfre and Documentamadrid (over 10 editions), of which she was programming and production coordinator in 3 editions. She has been part of the Documentamadrid festival selection committee for 10 editions and is a programmer for Another Way Film Festival and the DOCMA programmed cycle at Cineteca de Madrid. She is a founding partner of Cines Zoco Majadahonda, a multiplex cinema with independent film programming. Sandra chairs since December 2022 the National Association of Documentaries DOCMA.

xan xosé neira seijo

Xosé Seijo

Xan Xosé Neira Seijo holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Santiago de Compostela; degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Professor in the Department of Agroforestry Engineering at the Escola Superior Politécnica de Engenharia on the campus of Lugo (USC). His research activity focuses on water resources management and water governance in irrigated areas. Some additional activities in researching and, above all, the dissemination ones, fall within the axis of Agroecology, where he has been developing activities in associations in the field since the beginning of his teaching career.