Research projects

Projects under evaluation (nov 2019)

Emotion Networking as a Participatory Approach with Towns and  Citizens’ Heritage
(ENPATCH) EUROPE FOR CITIZENS Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation 615528-CITIZ-1-2019-2-NL-CITIZ-NT
ENPATCH is a project about contested heritage, discussed and recognized in the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, as a source of potential tension in urban communities in Europe. It brings together citizens, civil society, policy makers and experts in five diverse European cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Lisbon, Nicosia and Ohrid) in a common network to develop and apply novel participatory methods of democratic engagement and civic participation with heritage that benefits social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.
ENpatch aims: To support and develop civil society initiatives and policy approaches, tools and instruments on contested heritage in five major European towns; To pilot the “Emotion Networking” method (EN-method) with citizens and policy makers on selected, locally relevant and socio-politically urgent cases of contested heritage; To empower local authorities and civil society with policy tools to reduce the risk of escalation of conflict around contested heritage; To build a long-lasting and expanding structural cooperation framework between large urban areas in Europe in the form of a sustainable city (citizen and policy) network on contested heritage.
Research network: Reinwardt Akademy, Amsterdam Coord.; Omilos Istorikou Dialogou Kai Epeunas, Nicosia; Antwerpen Kunstenstad, Antwerpen; Dep Museology ULHT, Lisbon; Stichting Imagine Identity and Culture, Amsterdam; Municipality of Ohrid, Ohrid.Kosovo
Budget: 151210,00 €


Race and gender subjectivities in National Integration models BASENJI
Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2019 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships) Proposal ID 890683 (24 months)
Researcher: Edileny Tome da Mata
One of the main challenges with Europe is the migration process and the perspective of integration/inclusion and the diversity management on one hand how local governments deal with migrant issues and in particular, with the integration process. In our proposal, we want to focus on social and cultural topics of migrants’ integration and the impact that will be at the local and regional level, in Lisbon, Coimbra, Seville, and Huelva, through the perspective of migrants’ integration and inclusion policies. We mean, instead of focusing on nationalities and cultural differences of migrants as the way to integrate in a two way process, we aim to change it to the migrant’s subjectivities (racial, gender, sexual orientation, religion...) and, thus, look for an equal (through the equity) field of integration. In this proposal, we focus on racial (black) and gender topics that will lead us to revitalize intersectional realities in Portugal and in Spain that can be referenced to Black migrants’ communities in their process of integration in the host country. In order to fulfill the objectives set out above, we will carry out a rigorous literature review. In addition, we will hold a dialogue with civil and academic society, as well as with the public and private bodies and authorities involved in the field of integration of migrants in Seville, Huelva, Coimbra, and Lisbon.
Budget: 147815,04 €


Current Projects

Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity: Theory and practice of Sociomuseology (2018-2024) 
Judite Santos Primo – Scientific Employment, Principal Researcher (FCT – CEECIND/04717/2017)

The topic of the present research is part of the School of Thought recognised as Sociomuseology within the scope of Social Sciences and its area of application is museological practices that are inclusive dialogical and geared towards human development (De Varine H. 2005). This Sociomuseology has its roots in Paulo Freire methodology particularly in its dialogical and inclusive dimensions and has given important contributions to the widening of the notions of museum and heritage to the distinction between public and users to the respect for cultural diversity and gender equality and to the role and social responsibility of Museums. This new conception of museums has been explicitly recognised by UNESCO in the recent Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections of their Diversity and their Role in Society (Nov. 2015). Bearing in mind that Sociomuseology is a school of thought still under construction the main goal of the research will be to contribute to clarifying its concepts aiming to consequently further its theoretical depth. This research project to be implemented in an integrated way with the UNESCO Chair will be based on a dialogical relation with museums and museological processes recognised and acting in the field of Sociomuseology. The project will be carried out based on the existing partnerships of the Department of Museology and on the network created within the scope of the UNESCO Chair which will inevitably be expanded in due course.
Judite Santos Primo – Concurso Estímulo ao Emprego Científico – Individual – Investigadora principal (FCT – CEECIND/04717/2017)

COSMUS - Community School Museums, 
2018-1-PT01-KA201-047472 ERASMUS+
COSMUS - Community School Museums, seeks to value European cultural heritage as a central element of diversity and intercultural dialogue. The project aims to establish strategic and virtuous interactions, promoting intercultural dialogue, in the school and community contexts, with a sense of inclusion and participation.
The mission of COSMUS is to establish learning networks, to stimulate the sharing of experiences, the development of competences, with a view to building knowledge through collaboration and innovation.
Research network:Externato Frei Luís de Sousa, Portugal Coordenação; Colegiul National de Arta “Octav Bancila”, Roménia; Zespol Szkolno-Przedszkolny nr 1, Polónia; Istituto Istruzione, Itália; Ismail Sefa Ozler, Turquia; Kallitehniko Gymnasio, Grécia; Escola Superior de Educação Jean Piaget; Eekhout Academy, Bélgica; Associações Almada Mundo, Portugal; Meraky, Espanha.
*The Department of Museology was invited to become member of the Adviser Board in order to contribute to the construction of learning and practice communities, mobilized to understand cultural diversity, from a perspective of global citizenship; collaborate in the preparation of the first (2019) and second (2020) mobilitys of "First short-term joint staff training events"; Contribute to the preparation of the intellectual outputs of the project; Participate in the organization of the final conference (2021). (Agreement memo 15.01.2019)
Budget: 344 289,00€

Ágora – Encounters between the city and arts: exploring new urbanities
PTDC/ATP-GEO/3208/2014, CEG-ULisboa (Partnership)
The fundamental goal of this project is to know how, in a context of crisis, transformations and resistances take place in the city through the arts and artists, configuring lines of continuity and others of rupture. The contribution of arts for the transformation of the city is the result of a tension between domination and resistance, in which the former is linked to commodification and to cities’ competition and the latter to the reflexive, critical and disruptive impulses that seem to be intrinsic to a wide array of contemporary art expressions. Hence, it becomes relevant to grasp up to what extent artistic dynamics are connected to quarrels between the forces of the market, political powers and the refusal of the neoliberal model, particularly in the Lisbon metropolis.
Research Team: Ana Estevens (coord.), Agustín 
Cócola Gant,
 Ana Moutinho,
 Aquilino Machado, Daniel Paiva, 
Eduardo Brito­ Henriques, 
João Sarmento, Leandro Gabriel, 
André Carmo, 
Mariana Gaspar
e Miguel Santos. *The Lusófona University CeiEd (Dep. Museologu) is partner of the project; tasks coordinated by Ana Moutinho.
Budget: 154 949 €


Exhibition design innovation in educational context
To adapt, disseminate and evaluate exhibition resources in the field of new information technologies, for the qualification of exhibitions’ communication in schools, using as tools "Augmented Reality" and " Body as Interface" technologies. The project is developed in a network of Secondary Schools, linking students, teachers and employees through worshops articulated with curatorship of participatory thematic exhibitions. Cross-sectional work involving various areas of training such as: computing, arts, cultural studies.
Network of institutions involved: Aquilino Ribeiro Oeiras School Grouping, Amora Secondary School, Cuba, ESA, Professional School, Parede School Grouping, S. Domingos de Rana Grouping of Schools.
Research team:  Mário Moutinho PhD, Ana Moutinho Phd, Manuel Costa Leite PhD, Mariana Grilo Msc, Luís Gonçalves Msc .
Financied by Cofac.Crl


Sociomuseology + Paulo Freire study group
Sociomuseology + Paulo Freire study group is a collective of researchers of the Master and Doctorate programs in Museology at Lusophone University-Lisbon, with the support of the UNESCOChair “Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity”, CeiED - Center for Studies Interdisciplinary Education and Development, MINOM - International Movement for a New Museology and EducaMuseu project.
Open to the participation of the entire academic community of Lusófona University, with emphasis on members of CeiED's Research Unit. The group is also open to outside participation and aims to reach school teachers and professionals who work in non-formal educational spaces such as museums, science and culture centers. The meetings are held monthly and dynamized through “Culture Cycles” (according to Freire's terminology) are conducted by invited researchers, always having as their generating theme one of Paulo Freire's works. In a second phase of the project, it is planned to organize courses and seminars on Paulo Freire's work open to the general public.
Objectives: Disseminate Paulo Freire's ideas, Understand the importance of Freire's ideas in the context of Sociomuseology, produce academic material (reviews, interviews and articles) and promote seminars and courses
Research team: Moana Soto, Judite Primo, Mabel Cavalcanti
Financied by Cofac.Crl/ Cátedra UNESCO


Projects completed 

Celebration of Coastal Culture
EEA Grants, 2008-2010
Project seeks to identify the inventoried maritime heritage and promote the inventorying of new collections based on the territorial and problematic area offered to the project by each partner through the formation of a team of local inventors, identified by partners and other local organizations.
Creation of a team of multidisciplinary researchers, with 3 national inventors in the field and local trainees, a Disciplinary Validation Unit, involving partners and other community institutions and organizations, and with the participation of the Portuguese Network of Fishing Women.
Research network: Fishermen's Mutual Lisbon (Coord) ,ADEPE - Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Peniche, ADPM - Associação de Defesa do Património de Mértola, Barcos do Norte (Viana do Castelo), Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Planeamento Regional, Univ. Nova de Lisboa, Cooperativa Porto de Abrigo (Ponta Delgada). Dep. of Planning and Community Studies, Univ. Tromsø, Museu Marítimo e Regional de Ílhavo, Museu Marítim de Barcelona, Dep. Museologia da Universidade Lusófona,
Financiador(es): EEA Grants EEA Financial Mechanism, Câmara Municipal de Sines
*Coordination: Lorena Querol by Museology Department
Budget: 418 832,00€


The Museum's Public in  Portugal: characterization and motivations
Sapiens Projecto nº 33546. 2002-2004 (concluído)
The study, started from the premises of the public studies of museums, but, progressively was finding several limitations, reason why it began a process of searching for alternatives more in accordance with the intended goal. This objective was, in fact, to establish the methodology necessary for the development of researches that would effectively evaluate the impact of museums on society, and not only on visitors.
Developing public studies based on a traditional idea of museum reduces the interest of such studies.
In this sense, it was necessary to take into consideration the conceptualization of Museology, as it has been considered by the new currents of thought (and practices), generically called New Museology, Ecomuseology, Community Museology, integrating among others, the ideas of participation, local development, service provision, broad concept of heritage, territory and cultural management.
Research Team: Mário Moutinho (coord), Fernando João Moreira, Francisco Esteves, Isabel Victor, Judite Primo, Zoran Roca (Universidade Lusófona), Isabel André, (Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa) Consultants:  Denise Studart (Comité Internacional Educação e Acção Cultural dos Museus do ICOM Presidente CECA Brasil), Paulette MacManus, (University College London )Ximena Varela, Drexel University Filadélfia,  Adriana Mortara ( pós-doc Universidade deCampinas)
Projecto nº 33546 Programa plurianual FCT / Centro de Estudos de Sociomuseologia
Budget 16000,00€


Recent Submitted projects not approved

Emotion Networking with the Public for Inclusive Remembrance of Empire (2018)
(ENPIRE) 609272-CITIZ-1 -2019-1 -NL-CITIZ-REMEM
In seeking to create a public transnational conversation about Europe’s common history, the European Union European Remembrance programme supports activities in which civil society engages in reflection and debate about the continent’s dark pages. The memories and history of totalitarian regimes, world wars and genocide are thus preserved, explored and put up to offer guidance in charting the future of value-based democracy, human rights and the rule of law through many different activities, including public debates, educational resources, media productions and more.
Research network:Reinwardt Akademy, Amsterdam (Coord); FARO Flemish Support for Cultural Heritage, Brussels; Stichting Imagine Identity and Culture, Amsterdam; Dep Museology ULHT, Lisbon
Budget: 103.320,00€


Contextualized, media-independent purveyor of socio-cultural and historical knowledge-Storyteller (2010)
Horizon 2020 / Societal Challenges
Work Programme: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
Topic: Curation of digital assets and advanced digitization.
Storyteller addresses the topic DT-TRANSFORMATIONS- 12-2018- 2020: Curation of digital assets and advanced digitisation as it aims to develop a system to acquire, process and present information to users in a way that will provide them with a meaningful storyline, considering timelines, topics and the familiarity of the user with the presented topics.
Research network: Agência Lusa Portugal (Coordinator), Agencia EFE Spain, Blasting News UK, Universidade Lusófona Portugal CeiEd - Dep Museology, Suite5 Cyprus, Ubitech Greece, inknow solutions Portugal
Budget: 3 884 562.00 €


Museums as services providers: enhance the role of Museums (2010)
Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT Refª: C495464983-00095359
Museums and other similar institutions are increasingly playing a prominent role in the Service Economy Sector in Europe and all over the world. Whether they are traditional museums, preserving and displaying their collections, whether museums are based on Sociomuseology and therefore anchored in concepts such as development, identity and social inclusion, all face the challenge of socially and economically assert themselves as service providers organizations.
Based on the understanding of the current state and its challenges facing museums, the project aims to create the basis for a Conceptual Framework that links Museums with Services aiming at expanding innovative practices in museum programming and sustaining the transformation of new discoveries and ideas into new Services, Products and Processes.
Research team: Mario Moutinho, (coorditator) Mario Antas, Judite Primo, José Bras, Maria Gonçalves, Ana Moutinho, Phd Contratado, Bolseiro Licenciado, Bolseiro Iniciação científica.
Budget: 117.684,47


Reinterpreting Europe's cultural heritage: towards the 21st century library and museum? (2010)
Fondazione Rosselli Italy (coord)
Build up an experimental research project inspired by the “Grand Tour”, the XVII sec. characteristic journey of discovery, experiences and training for the lucky youth through Europe, considered as the first civil way for a peaceful interaction between nations. Our aim is, therefore, to create a “XXI sec. Grand Tour”, in order to consolidate the integration between national European museums and libraries, institutions that have to become integral part of Europe, able at the same time to narrate European identity and to appeal to new audience.  The research project will try to rebuild the historical evolution that brought to the European identity development, through a selection of art works, books, images that our museums and libraries house, focusing in particular on three steps considered as fundamental for our roots: Classical culture; Spread of Christianity; Scientific thought
This kind of  ideal tale will show to the audience a virtual tour, that will make use of modern technologies, new media and web, across our history with a new and wider interpretation of our identity. The virtual tour, of course, will be just a support, an aid for the real “XXI sec. Grand Tour”, a journey that the audience could decide to do, a turistic-cultural path that will aid people to contextualize events and things in a larger and more broadminded history.
Research network: Institute and Museum of the History of Science Italy, Cardiff University UK, Historical Museum of Shkodra Albania, The Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy Serbia, The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage Netherlands, Unicity Italy, Departamento de Museologia da Univ. Lusófona, Financiador(es): Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), theme 8, Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities.