Domingos da Cruz

Jurist & Consultant

Domingos da Cruz is an adviser and permanent consultant to FoA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Pedagogy from the IDBES (Don Bosco Institute of Higher Studies-Angola) and a Master’s Degree in Legal Sciences-Human Rights Area from the Federal University of Paraiba-UFPB-Brazil.

A journalist and writer, he has published eight books in his native language and was the winner of the National Prize of Human Rights – Ricardo de Melo Category in 2009. He is a member of the (NCDH) Center for Citizenship and Human Rights of the UFPB, acting in the Research Group on Public Security, Violence and Human Rights . He is also a guest member of the research group on Rhetoric and Human Rights of CCJ (Center for Legal Sciences). Domingos also teaches Human Rights, Philosophy of Education and Theory of Education and acts as a spokesperson for the Institute for Media in the Southern Africa Region – MISA-Angola

Xenia Carvalho

Anthropologist & Consultant

Xenia Carvalho is an Anthropologist and consultant with expertise on research methodologies, participatory methodologies, international development, identity construction and memory transmission over three generations in national and international contexts.

She has a PhD in education and international development with regional expertise on Sub-Saharan Africa (She had a doctoral studentship from the University of Brighton, UK, from 2012 to 2015), with ethnographic fieldwork from 2011 to 2013 and collection of life histories in 2013 in Mozambique. Before Brighton I was a Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University Eduardo Mondlane, in Maputo (Mozambique), teaching in the area of qualitative and ethnographic research, as well Anthropology of Symbolic and Anthropology and Psychology.

In Portugal, She was a senior social and political advisor at PCM (Presidency of the Council of Ministers) doing research and writing reports in areas such as migration movements, ethnic conflicts and minorities in Europe, social and political issues in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since She graduated in Anthropology by FCSH (UNL) in 1996 I have been working in several academic and non-academic projects.

Susan de Oliveira


Susan de Oliveira is a university professor at the UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brasil). She teaches Portuguese literature, Portuguese-language African literature, and is interested research in social activism, peripheral cultures, hip hop and in particular, rap.

José Machado Pais


José Machado Pais holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a PhD in Sociology, a coordinating researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon and a visiting professor at ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon University Institute).

He was a visiting professor at several European and South American universities. He was president of the Cultural Activities Observatory.

He has more than 40 books published, among which are: Artes de Amar da Burguesia; Culturas Juvenis; Sociologia da Vida Quotidiana; Ganchos, Tachos e Biscates; Nos Rastos da Solidão.

Soraia Simões


Soraia Simões holds a postgraduate degree in Popular Music Studies and Contemporary History from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon. She is developing her Master’s thesis where she reflects on the social and cultural impact established by the practice of Rap and hip-hop culture between the years 1986 and 1998 in Portugal.

Integrated researcher of the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC-FCSH / UNL). Since 2015, author of the Archive and Documentation Project «Mural Sonoro» since 2011, she has been directing the Mural Sonoro association since 2014.

Maria Paula Meneses


Maria Paula Meneses is a Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She holds a PhD in Anthropology by Rutgers University (USA) and a MA in History from St. Petersburg University (Russia). Previously, until 2003, she was a lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique).

Currently she lectures in various Doctoral programs at CES, co-coordinating the program on ‘Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship’.

She has been a visiting scholar in Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, etc. Among her research topics are postcolonial debates in African contexts, legal pluralism – with a focus on the relationship between the state and ‘traditional authorities’-, the relationship between official history, memory(ies) and other narratives of belonging in contemporary identity struggles.

Paula Guerra


Paula Guerra is PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP). She is an Associate Professor on the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, and Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the same University (IS-UP). She is also part of different national and international research Institutes.

She coordinates several national and international research projects subordinated to the youth cultures, sociology of the arts and culture. She has likewise advised and supervised several Masters, PhD and Post-doc projects in the aforementioned areas.