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Lilia Abadia

PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Research Summary

My PhD project focus on discursive perspective of colonialism, nation-building and racial relationships in historical and ethnographic Brazilian and Portuguese museums. My goals are to understand: firstly, how the institutional frame conditions the exhibition's discourses; secondly, to what extent media and societal opinions influence the making of the exhibitions and finally, how they are received by the museums' visitors.

Research Interests

postcolonial theory, and decolonial thinking, identity formation, and (social) representations.

Research Supervisor/s

Doctor Colin Wright and Doctor Jane-Marie Collins

Primary Funding Source

CAPES Foundation (Brazil)

Publications •CABECINHAS, Rosa & ABADIA, Lilia (Ed.) (2013) Narratives and social memory: theoretical and methodological approaches. Braga: Communication and Society Research Centre. ISBN: 978-989-8600-04-2. •MACEDO, I., CABECINHAS, R. & ABADIA, L. (2013) Audiovisual post-colonial narratives: dealing with the past in Dundo, Colonial Memory. In Cabecinhas, Rosa & Abadia, Lilia (Ed.) 'Narratives and social memory: theoretical and methodological approaches'. Braga: Communication and Society Research Centre. ISBN: 978-989-8600-04-2.

Conference Papers & Presentations •''(De)constructing the Past: cross-cultural analysis of migrants accounts in Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal', International Conference 'Cultural Memory', September 2013 (co-authored by Rosa Cabecinhas & Isabel Macedo). •'Auto e hetero-representações em contexto migratório: negociações e (re)significações em espaços multiculturais', Conferência Internacional 'Interfaces da Lusofonia', July 2013 (co-authored by Rosa Cabecinhas, Michelly Carvalho & Isabel Macedo). •'Autobiographical narratives of migrant people: comparative analysis in Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal', 8th Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, June 2013 (co-authored by Rosa Cabecinhas & Isabel Macedo). •'Interweaving life-stories: a cross-cultural analysis of autobiographical migrants narratives in Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal' , IACCPLA 2013 'Culture in Psychology: Variation Within and Across National Borders', June 2013 (co-authored by Rosa Cabecinhas & Isabel Macedo). •'Identity narratives within the Lusophone world: autobiographical accounts of the migration experience', Postgraduate Conference 'Narratives of exile and migration', February (co-authored by Rosa Cabecinhas & Luís Cunha). •'Reconstruindo os mitos identitários nacionais: a identidade negra contemporânea no Brasil', 7th Annual Colloquium on Latin American and Peninsular Languages, October 2011. •'Rethinking Regional Identity, between 1876 and 1926, through Local Museums', 9th Annual conference on History: from Ancient to Modern, August 2011.

Additional Information

I hold a First Class honours Master's Degree in Science of Culture from the University of Lisbon (Portugal).

Since 2010 I have been working on collective research projects related to cultural memory and national and local identity construction. In 2010, I was awarded a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), to work as a research assistant on the project Cultural life in provincial towns. Public space, sociability and representations (1840-1926). From 2012 to 2013, I worked as a researcher assistant on the project Identity narratives and social memory: the (re)making of Lushophony in intercultural contexts, also with a FCT research grant.

Additionally, I am member of the COST Action IS 1205 Social Psychological Dynamics of Historical Representations in the Enlarged European Union. I integrate the working Group 2: 'Lay representations of history in Europe: Conceptions of nationhood and identities', in which I research the representations of colonialism in the commemorations of the I and II World War.

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