Un update worth 7 months of my academia life

It looks like i’m making a habit out of long overdue posts and updates. The upside of this is: I’m constant in my overdue posts and updates. And that is something you can rely on!

Some good things happened while I was out of reach from my website, some are almost happening and others will continue to happen until the end of October. After the return from the latest mission in India (OGR Session project development, talks and cerimonial sessions;  a talk at Goa University for the project “Pensando Goa”) I engaged in the finalization of the co-authored book, by myself and Francisco Lameira, to be released very soon (keep posted) dedicated to the altarpieces in the ancient North Province in India (Daman, Diu and Bassein).

Last month, I was at the MSA Conference in Madrid, representing my research centre with the talk “Heritage Management in Post-colonial Goa in a crossroad of collective memories, past dilemmas and future challenges”, engaging also in a very productive social agenda with experts from different backgrounds, allowing me to aquire new and exciting knowledge.

This month: Leiden is calling. ICAS 11 is starting this next 16th July and i’ll be presenting my paper “Colonial Heritage in Post-colonial India: questions around heritage values, identity and preservation“.

I will also have the pleasure to be discussant at the panel “Sail/Canvas/Screen: Heritage Preservation and revorery across geographies and media” were Robert Parthesius – New York University Abu Dhabi, Alia Yunis – University of Amsterdam, Jonathan Sharfman – New York University Abu Dhabi, Vishvesh Kandolkar – Goa College of Architecture will be presenting they’re papers.

In the meantime, and while we all academics are waiting for answers relating to the submitted projects to FCT, i’ve started a diferent and exciting colaboration with the Portugal’s Constitutional Court until the end of October, to do one of the many things I know out to: colaborate in the organization of the Quadrilateral Meeting between Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. So, if you are around Lisbon or Leiden in the next days, you might just bump into me.

Until next time.


Summer in the City?

15894490958_d73e458d03_bSummer is here but despite the sunny invitation of lazy afternoons, beach and sun baths and friend reconnections, looks like I’m going to have a summer, not in the city, but in the cities. The song that is echoing in my brain (Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful) brings the promise that despite the heat it’ll be alright. I can live with that for now but check on me by the end of the month! My summer will be a good mix of long hours over the computer, conferences, travel, fieldwork and whatever time left I have is going straight to family time. Yes, before the summer ends I would have talked in 6 different events, travelled two continents and done a little bit more of fieldwork.

Bellow, I’ve broken down this information and presented it by date of the event. All extra information for each event can already be seen at this website Agenda |Conferences&Lectures

Upcoming events:

And now, back to writing, but I will try to keep this website up-to-date as I go. All off you that can attend the events please do so, they are full of interesting people with very interesting ideas, projects and research data that i’m also looking for to learn.


Diálogos do Sagrado

2017-03-21_152615Amanhã, pelas 18h30 no Museu do Oriente, estarei a palestrar acerca das máscaras rituais Bhuta do Sul de Karnataka, integrado no ciclo de conferencias “A Índia Visual” que pretende pensar a cultura visual da Índia como ponto de partida para a reflexão de diversas temáticas: arte, religião, política, consumo, género, publicidade, media, entre outras.
Estas sessões, que se desdobram em conferências, mesas redondas e mostras de filmes/documentação audiovisual com a presença de investigadores, académicos e outras personalidades ligadas à Índia e às múltiplas dimensões da cultura visual mostram coleções do museu para além do espaço de exposição, uma oportunidade a não perder.


Back to Portugal, Goa and back

Long time no see!

Yes, in fact, my bad. It was another of those intense travels for research and then festivities settled in (Xmas and new years eve) on my return from India and it was family time.

De Artibus in Auream Goa, before Conference at Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas

But then again, just a few day after I’ve returned to India in January as part of a research team De Artibus in Auream Goa – Contextualization of the Influence of the Royal Lisbon Workshop and its pictorial technique beyond national territory. The project is funded by FCT-Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Orient Foundation and gathers experts from several institutions in Portugal, cooperating with also a large number of institutions in India.

To know more about this project please check the interview, links provided: Newspaper article Pg1 and Pg2.

hora-dos-portuguesesIn Goa I got invited for an interview for RTP International over the show Hora dos Portugueses.

This interview is a small sample of my research work by India and if you are interested in checking it follow the links provided: Hora dos Portugueses, Episódio 25 RTP and Youtube.

Spoiler alert: I’m speaking portuguese

It was an intense end of the year with an intense start of a new one. Until my return.

Welcome October and the academic duties

October starts with the regular visa application to India and ends with the travel to it. In between, a lot of work will take place. Like always, India is not a vacation site to me so, work, meetings, research are on the agenda. Of course, occasional friends visits also.

But before getting myself into an aeroplane where is what is going to happen:

International Conferences

Diu e os Diuenses – Perspetivas Multidisciplinares

Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa e ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa

When: October 27-28.

Organization: Hugo Cardoso | Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa and Pedro Pombo | IIT Gandhinagar; CEI-IUL

diu-poster-a3-imagemThe island of Diu, off the coast of the modern state of Gujarat, in India, currently has a relatively small population (around 40,000 inhabitants) and a peaceful atmosphere that sharply contrast with a remarkable built heritage and camouflage a history of great centrality and dynamism. Despite the significant amount of scholarly research done on Diu and the Diuese in different fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Diu is still commonly treated in articulation with (and overshadowed by) regions like Daman or Goa, which often dilutes the specificities of this territory. This congress places Diu and its inhabitants at the very centre of the debate, and from there explores the multiplicity of connections they establish with other parts of the world.

De volta [returned]

As cinco semanas de trabalho na Índia (Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Goa com a habitual e regular visita a Damão do meu coração) que decorreram nos meses de Março e Abril deram lugar ao meu retorno a Portugal para continuar novos e velhos trabalhos.

mares3-2016_cartazDecorreu já na Universidade de Aveiro o 3º Congresso Internacional pelos mares da língua portuguesa em que tive a oportunidade de participar com a comunicação “A historiografia da arte Indo-Portuguesa e a missão científica de Mário Tavares Chicó em Goa” (Mónica Esteves Reis, 5 Maio 2016), cujo artigo será publicado nos cadernos do congresso. Não fazia sentido falar de indo-português sem o dedicar a Paulo Varela Gomes, pessoa de incrível sapiência e carácter humano que me proporcionou o saber da complexidade desde tema, polémico e problemático. Na semana anterior, Paulo tinha partido para o mundo de lá deixando um vazio, infelizmente anunciado, que não se preencherá.

Em Aveiro decorreram também as reuniões do grupo de trabalho “Pensando Goa” grupo que integro desde 2015 e da qual fazem parte investigadores do Brasil, Portugal e Índia, uma equipa de trabalho pluridisciplinar.

13055027_988184027917132_7826098589750102297_oBrevemente, segue-se a honra e a difícil tarefa de homenagear outra grande alma e um grande amigo, Miguel Mateus, no colóquio «Preservar a Nossa Memória Além-Mar: Intervenções Portuguesas para a Salvaguarda do Património Edificado no Mundo» na Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa. Esta palestra terá como título “Conservação e restauro do património indo‐português: Conceitos, soluções de intervenção e desafios para o futuro. Honrando Miguel Mateus, conservador‐restaurador (1957‐2015)” que decorrerá no Anfiteatro 3 pelas 14h30.

No principio do mês de Junho seguem-se dois eventos.
Integrado no Curso sobre A TALHA DOURADA NA ARTE PORTUGUESA, brilhantemente conduzido por José Meco, o dia 4 de Junho culminará em colóquio que contará com as intervenções de Francisco Lameira (aspectos artísticos da talha portuguesa), Sílvia Ferreira (os projectos e desenhos preparatórios da talha), Mónica Esteves Reis (retábulos indo-portugueses: Goa, antiga Província do Norte e considerações sobre o restauro), Filomena Rodrigues (restauro da talha), José Meco (a talha Indo-portuguesa da Ilha de Moçambique) e Vítor Serrão (a historiografia e historiadores da talha dourada). Terá lugar no Auditório César Batalha nas Galerias Alto da Barra em Oeiras.


Capa3dDecorrerá no dia 9 de Junho, pelas 18h, na Biblioteca Municipal Vicente Campinas, em Vila Real de Santo António a apresentação do livro O Retábulo no Estado de Goa, que foi lançado recentemente na Faculdade de Letras.

Esta apresentação contará com a presença dos dois autores. Consulte o anúncio do evento no website da Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António.

Upcomming events

So it is no secret: I’m in India. And got a busy agenda too. It is my pleasure to share it and invite all that are around the neighbourhood:


Conference |March 31, 18h00 - Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Campus
Indo-portuguese art: the concept, art objects and present conservation issues
Lecture |April 4, 11h00 - Faculty Of Design CEPT University
Devotional architecture – indo-portuguese altarpieces of Goa, Daman and Diu


Conference |April 12, 18h00 - Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas
The Theatines in Goa – epitome of the Rome of the East

For more updates, follow my public agenda