Lee Douglas

PhD

Culture, Identities, and Power

Contact:
ldouglas@fcsh.unl.pt

Biography

Lee Douglas is a visual anthropologist, curator and film-maker who is a Marie Skłowdowska Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC) at the NOVA University Lisbon.

Combining scholarly research with visual production and curatorial initiatives, her work examines how the past is reconstructed and the future reimagined through our engagements with the remnants of political violence and social change in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. At present, she directs the project “Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories” which analyses individual and collective uses of the material and visual traces left by entangled historical events: the Carnation Revolution, the end of empire and the return of Portuguese colonial settlers to the metropole.

Prior to her work at the IHC, Douglas was a lecturer of anthropology and visual culture at New York University-Madrid and a researcher at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Her current book project, “Worlds of Absence“, analyses the intersection of forensic science, modes of documentation, and image-making practices during the excavation of mass graves in Post-Franco Spain. Paying close attention to the circulation of forensic evidence, it asks what the entanglement between science and visual representation reveals about the production and mobilization of knowledge in times of economic austerity and political change.

She is the PI for “Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories: The Visual and Material Traces of Revolution and Return in Contemporary Portugal” (MSCA-IF-2019-895197).

Research fields

  • Visual anthropology
  • Memory studies
  • Historical knoweldge production
  • Materiality

Selected publications

  • Rosón, María & Lee Douglas. “The things they carried: a gendered rereading of photographs of displacement during the Spanish Civil War,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 21 (2020): 459-483. [link]
  • Douglas, Lee. “The Arts of Recognition,” Anthropology Now 7 (2015): 76-93. [link]
  • Douglas, Lee. “Mass graves gone missing: Producing knowledge in a world of absence,” Culture & History Digital Journal 3 (2014): e022. [PDF]
  • Douglas, Lee. “Violence and the politics of memory in a global context: An overture ,” Culture & History Digital Journal 3 (2014): e012. [PDF]

Main projects

  • Coordinator of the project “Militant Imaginaries, Colonial Memories: The Visual and Material Traces of Revolution and Return in Contemporary Portugal” — Hosted by the IHC and funded by European Commission (Marie Sklowdowska Curie Actions, Individual Fellowship, MSCA-IF-2019-895197). 2021-2022
  • Researcher in the project “Decentralized Modernities. Art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis from the Cold War to contemporaneity” — Coordinated by María Ruido (Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universitat de Barcelona) and funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government (HAR2017-82755-P). 2018-2021 [link]
  • Researcher in the project “BELOW GROUND: Mass Grave Exhumations and Human Rights in Historical, Transnational and Comparative Perspective” — Coordinated by Francisco Ferrándiz (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales — CSIC) and funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities of the Spanish Government (CSO2015-66104-R). 2016-2018 [link]
  • Researcher in the project “The Past Below Earth: Exhumations and Memory Politics in Contemporary Spain” — Coordinated by Francisco Ferrándiz (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales — CSIC) and funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government (CSO2015-66104-R). 2013-2015

CONTACTS

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