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Founded in 1998, the Centre for Comparative Studies’ (CEC’s) is based at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Universidade de Lisboa and brings together scholars from different academic and national backgrounds. Recognised for its vibrant, supportive and well-integrated community, CEC obtained    in the most recent evaluation (2014) from the Portuguese Research Agency (FCT) the maximum classification – exceptional – and was described by the panel as ‘an imaginative, clearly focused centre which achieves an excellent blend of the research, skills and methods employed in an extensive range of social science and humanities disciplines’.

Research & Strategy

CEC’s research is situated at the cusp of various disciplines in humanities and social sciences, thus contributing to the emergence of original, cross-disciplinary fields.

The Centre is structured into four research groups:

CEC's Strategic Plan comes under the overarching research line ‘comparatism, reflective cosmopolitanism and critical global studies’. CEC’s approach to comparatism relies on interdisciplinary methods of inquiry to account for the complexities in relations between the artistic, the cultural, the social and historical, and the textual and contextual. It also explores how language, culture and power are constructed, transformed or contested across space and time.

By putting forward the expression ‘reflective cosmopolitanism’ CEC aims to refocus comparatism, resorting to a critical approach to notions of national and transnational movements and dynamics, considering not only the complex articulations between national and transnational challenges, but also issues related to migration and (im)mobility, multiculturalism, citizenship, human rights and hospitality. By emphasising the notion of ‘critical global studies,’ CEC stresses a renewed approach to comparatism focused on the relationship between politics, economy, culture and art in the world at large. This emphasis takes into account the effort to articulate theories and methodologies covering local and global challenges, the need for a reflective approach to issues and definitions of particularity and universality and the will to investigate artistic and cultural practices at the intersection of economic and social processes, considering the impact of globalisation.

 

Director and Scientific Coordinator:

Vice-director:

Executive Secretary:

  • Sofia Ferreira Pinto 
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Conferences, Communication, Website:

  • Raquel Lima
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Project Management:

  • Catarina Almeida
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Publications, Library and Design:

CEPAC - Academic Advisory Board:
Ella Shohat (NYU), Maria Irene Ramalho (University of Coimbra), Mark Nash (Royal College of Arts, London), Mary Louise Pratt (NYU), Patricia Odber de Baubeta (University of Birmingham, UK) and Robert Stam (NYU). 

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