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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 and her Aggregation in Cultural Studies from the University of Averio. She is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Tenured Professor, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA program in Intercultural Studies for Business, after serving two mandates as the director of the MA in Specialized Translation and Interpreting.

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, a European Commission PhD scholarship, and the Santander UNICOVID Award. 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 of Porto. She was ‘Gardners’ Author of the Month’ in March 2020.

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); The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2017); Culture & Business: Creative Flows between Cultures, Research & Companies (2018); and Cultural Tourism and Heritage in Northern Portugal (2020).

Along with her activity at the Centre for Intercultural Studies, she is a research line director, member of the executive board, PhD lecturer and 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 scientific board of several national and international journals and conferences 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. She is a researcher at the COST action CA18126 “Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City”, founder and former vice-chair of the ECREA ‘Women’s Network’, and a member of the scientific board of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Heritage, 2020.

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.