Joana Matias


Culture, Identities, and Power



Scholar of the Foundation for Science and Technology enrolled in the PhD Programme in History, specialization in Contemporary History, at NOVA FCSH, and researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History.

The thesis project focuses on the role of independent and amateur publications in the forms of culture, socialization and structuring of LGBTQI + movements, as well as its mobility that is exceptionally conducive to the exchange of practices at a transnational level, in the Portuguese context after 25 April 1974, in order to make queer contemporary history in Portugal visible beyond institutional activism.

She has a degree in Asian Studies from FLUL and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Paris 8. In her master’s thesis, she worked on the emergence of contemporary queer and sinophone literature, through an interdisciplinary study anchored in feminist literary criticism that aimed to highlight the challenges of alleged transnationality of queer theory in the contexts of China and Taiwan.


Research fields

  • Queer theory
  • Cultural studies
  • History of gender and sexualities

Selected publications


Main projects

  • Arquivo reparativo: publicações independentes e a historiografia queer portuguesa” — PhD thesis to be presented to the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, supervised by Rita Luís (IHC — NOVA FCSH) and Matt Cook (Birkbeck, University of London). Individual PhD project funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/08446/2020). 2020-



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