Portugal ; Mozambique
Heritagization processes; Sea ; Surf; Labour; Theatre
PhD Candidate at NOVA-FCSH with the thesis 'Surfers and Fishermen: Heritage, Work and Sport in Ericeira' and FCT PhD fellow (2017-2021), Vera investigates processes of transformation in fishing villages due to the practice of surfing and is interested in reflecting on the contemporary processes of heritagization applied to the sea and its relationship with the creation of a “habitus” of sports, leisure and work . Her MSc thesis ‘Mozambique on Stage: Nation, Gender and Modernity in Theatre (Maputo 1992-2010)’ explore issues of identity and concepts of nation and modernity in postcolonial Mozambican theatre performances. In the area of social sciences, she was volunteer at the 5th APA Congress 2009 (Lisbon) and assisted Professor V.Y. Mudimbe at CES-International Conference 2008 (Coimbra). Also participated in the Annual Social Science Campus 2007-CODESRIA - Cultural Productions in Contemporary Africa (Durban, South Africa) with the project ‘Arts and Rebuilding Identities: A Theatre Project in Mozambique‘. In the area of theatre, besides working as an actress from 1985 to 1994, she was assistant at the technical direction of the National Theatre D. Maria II (Lisbon) from 1995 to April 2017, participated in workshops with the directors Paulo Castro (2014), Daniel Zerky (1991), Giorgio Barbieri Corsetti (1988) and Arnold Lininhe (1987), a technical direction seminar with Jean-Guy LeCat (1999) and assisted the stage director Rogério de Carvalho in the show “Esse tal alguém” (2001) at Almada Theatre Company (CTA). Her online project “Sal e Filhos – Gerações do Surf em Portugal”, photographs generations of portuguese surfers and collects stories to create a surf history in Portugal. She has made a small exhibition of this work at the 2016 edition of Caparica Primavera Surf Fest. She is also part of the team of the AHMS -Surf Museum, a non-profit association whose main mission is the dissemination, documentation and preservation of the history of surfing in Portugal and in the World, with the intention of founding the first Surf Museum in Portugal.