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Professor Clara Sarmento

Portuguese Culture

Polytechnic Institute of Porto



Clara Sarmento obtained her PhD in Portuguese Culture and her MA in Anglo-American Studies from the University of Porto, Portugal. She is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business.

Clara was the recipient of the ‘American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit’, as well as the CES Award for Young Social Scientists of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a European Commission PhD scholarship. Among many other international missions, she was invited by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan to represent Portugal at the II World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku in 2013. Her post-doctoral research has been consecutively recognized by the Program for Publication in High Quality Scientific Journals (PAPRE) of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto.

She is the author of numerous papers and chapters in national and international publications with a high impact factor, cited by authors all over the world, in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies. She has delivered papers at conferences and been a key-note speaker all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

As a book author and editor, her titles include Moliceiro Boats in Ria de Aveiro: Floating Pictures (1999); Nursery Rhymes: The Poetry of Playground (2001); Eastwards/Westwards: Which Direction for Gender Studies in the 21st Century (2007); Portuguese Popular Culture: Practices, Discourses and Representations (2008); Women in the Portuguese Colonial Empire: The Theatre of Shadows (2008); From Here to Diversity: Globalizaton and Intercultural Dialogues (2010); In Permanent Transit: Discourses and Maps of the Intercultural Experience (2012); Popular and Visual Culture: Design, Circulation and Consumption (2014); Semiotics of Intercultural Communication: From theory to practices (2015); Applied Intercultural Studies: Texts, tourisms and typologies (2015); and The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2017).

Along with her activity at the Centre for Intercultural Studies, she is a research line director, member of the executive board, PhD lecturer and full researcher at the Institute for the Study of Literatures and Traditions at Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she also collaborates in the UNESCO Chair “The Ocean’s Cultural Heritage”.

She is a member of the editorial board of several national and international scientific journals with a high impact factor, and an expert consultant for international research projects. She is also responsible for the management and creation of national and international funded research projects.

Clara has been a visiting scholar at the English Department of Brown University, USA, and has lectured PhD research seminars at the European University of Florence, Italy, the University of Vigo, Spain, and the University of Boumerdès, Algeria. She has been a supervisor and examiner of countless MA and PhD dissertations and projects in the fields of languages, literatures, anthropology and cultures.