José Picas do Vale



José Picas do Vale started his professional career at the age of thirteen, as a fisherman. In 1989 he joined the Portuguese Navy, being stationed at the Portuguese Maritime Museum.
He graduated in History, Post-graduated in Law and Rights of Impaired Citizens, and obtained a Master degree in Museum Studies.

Integrated researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, and associated researcher at the Institute of Art History, NOVA FCSH, José is conducting his PhD in Contemporary History and Museum Studies with a research project on maritime museums.
He’s a Fulbright Research Fellow; and Fellow of the Study of the United States Institute on Culture and Society. José has also received Scholarships from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2009/2015); FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (2012-2015); and a Leonard Rennie Grant from the Council of American Maritime Museums (2016).

Member of ICOM – International Council of Museums; RESPATRIMONI – International Network of Researchers on Heritagisation; ACHS – Association of Critical Heritage Studies; RHIP – Network of History, Industry and Heritage; HOPER – Portuguese network of Oral History; he co-founded AC – Acesso Cultura; and is president of the General-Assembly of Vórtice, cultural association.
He is author of several articles on Museums, cultural projects and Portuguese maritime history.

Áreas de Investigação

  • Museologia
  • História marítima
  • Património marítimo
  • Museus marítimos

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