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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Prof. Dr. Amélia Polónia

EIMAS Dean at the University of Porto

Colonial Studies

  • Gender Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental Studies



University of Porto
Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FLUP)
Via Panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 Porto

Phone: +351 226 077 100

Professional Background


Honoris Causa PhD in Maritime History (Université Bretagne Sud)

Since 2020

Full Professor of the Department of History, Political and International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UPorto

Since 2019

Staff member of MOVES - Migration and Modernity: Historical and Cultural Challenges, a Marie-Curie EJM PhD programme

Since 2017

Director of CITCEM (Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory)

Since 2015

Director of the Master in African Studies, UPorto 

2009 – 2020

Associate Professor with tenure of the Department of History, Political and International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UPorto 

2014 – 2020

Member of COST Actions: Women on the Move ( CA 1912);  Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science. ISCH COST Action CA15217; OPP (Oceans Past Platform), ISCH COST - IS1403

2000 – 2020

PrincipaI Investigator (PI) of CoopMar (Transoceanic Cooperation. Public Policies and Iberoamerican Sociocultural Community), a CYTED  research network (P616RT0199) (Participants: Portugal/ Spain/ Brazil/ Panama/ Cuba/ Chile); PI of the Portuguese team of DynCoopNet - Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self-Organizing Networks in the First Global Age (ESF 06-TECT-FP-004) ; Scientific Coordinator of the network The governance of Atlantic Seaports, involving researchers from Europe, Africa and Latin America; PI of DigEscravo (Digging into Slave Trade) (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation awarded project)

2000 – 2020

Erasmus protocols with French, British, Spanish, Italian and German Universities and mobility protocols with Universidade de S. Paulo; Universidade Federal Fluminense do Rio de Janeiro; Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil); Kyoto Sangyo University (Japan); Brown University (USA)

2014 – 2019

Reviewer and evaluator at Actions COST; FWO (Research Foundation Flanders); NWO (Netherlands); ARSS (Slovenian Research Agency Review); ANR (Agence Nationale de Recherche, France); NCRD (National Centre for Research and Development, Poland); ECOS-Sud (France); Casa de Velasquez (Spain); FCT PhD and Post-doc projects (Portugal)

2012 – 2019

Staff member of TEEME (Text and Event in Early Modern Europe), an Erasmus Mundus PhD programme


Visiting Research Fellow at Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society (LMU – Munich);  Latin American Institute (Free University of Berlin); John Carter Brown Library (Providence)

2010 – 2018

Visiting Professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University, under GIAN II Programme (Government of India); University of Goa – Cathedra Cunha Rivara;  Brown University; University of North Carolina, Greensboro;  National University of Namibia; Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata (Argentina); Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel); University of S. Paulo (Brazil); Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil);  Fluminense Federal University of  Rio de Janeiro ; Kyoto Sangyo University (Japan); University of Elte (Budapest, Hungary); Université Bretagne Sud 


More information: ORCIDCiência Vitae, Academia Europaea

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