Joana Brites holds a Master’s degree in Art History and a PhD in History, specialising in Art History, from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. She is an assistant professor in that Faculty, an integrated researcher at the Centre of 20th-Century Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20) and a collaboration at the Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University Lisbon. She was part of the Bureau for the Candidacy of the University of Coimbra to UNESCO World Heritage status, coordinated the Faculty’s Art History undergraduate degree, co-supervised the CEIS20’s transdisciplinary lines of research, and was a visiting scholar at Brown University (USA).
Main interests and research topics: Modernism; Authoritarian and totalitarian regimes; Architecture of the Portuguese Estado Novo; Public works in the Portuguese Colonial Empire (1933-1975); Dissonant heritage; Portuguese sculpture (nineteenth and twentieth centuries).
Research group(s): Cultural encounters and evasion