Maria do Carmo Piçarra teaches Public Cultural Policies at ISCTE – University of Lisbon and is currently Research Assistant in the project “The Sciences of Anthropological Classification in Portuguese Timor”. She holds a PhD, a Master and a BA in Communication Sciences from the New University of Lisboa. She is also a Research Fellow at CIMJ – Research Center Media and Journalism of the New University of Lisboa. Her research combines film studies and postcolonial studies. She has been working on the portuguese colonial representations on Estado Novo propaganda cinema, forbidden or censored films as well as on militant cinema.
In the current project, she is working on the anthropological, military and propaganda films made in Timor during portuguese dictatorship in order to analyze, through cinema, ideological changes and the influence of anthropological and sociological theories – from anthropobiological theories to Gilberto Freyre’s lusotropicalism – on the colonial representations of Timor.