Joana Cunha Leal

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Joana Cunha Leal teaches graduate and post-graduate courses on nineteenth and early twentieth century art, art theory and historiography. Her recent work privileges the study of Iberian modernisms and avant-garde circulations. Her research project “Other Modernisms? The case of Amadeo Souza Cardoso” was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2010. She was also a fellow of the Stone Summer Theory Institute for two years (2010-11) and PI of two research projects funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology:  “Southern Modernisms” (2014-2015), and “Iberian Modernisms and the Primitivist Imaginary” (2018-2022). She was director of the NOVA FCSH Art History Institue between 2016 and 2022, and acts currently as deputy director in the new board elected for the 2023-2025 term.

Research unit: Art History Institute (IHA)

Research areas: Art theory, Art History's theory and practices, Historiography of Art History, Modernism, Urban Studies

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2006DoctorArt History - ContemporaryFCSH-UNL
  • Introduction  
  • Los Pintores Íntegros  
  • Santa Gertrudes  
  • The Primitivist Imaginary in Iberian and Transatlantic Modernisms  
  • 'A pousada dos ciganos', de Eduardo Viana  
TitleFunding sourceStartState
Modernismos Ibéricos e o Imaginário Primitivista; IRCompleted
Southern Modernisms (2014-2015; EXPL/CPC-HAT/0191/2013); IRCompleted
Other Modernisms? The case of Amadeo Souza Cardoso (2011; Fulbright); IRCompleted
“A Arquitectura Popular em Portugal”. Uma leitura crítica (2010-2013; PTDC/AUR-AQI/099063/2008; researcher)Completed
2017 - Director of the Art History Institute - FCSH-NOVA
2013-2017 - Member of the Scientific Council of FCSH-NOVA
2013 - Coordinator of the Art History Master (FCSH-NOVA)
2012-2017 - Co-coordinator of the Urban Studies Master (FCSH-NOVA and ISCTE-IUL)
2010 - Member of the Directive Board of the Art History Institute - FCSH-NOVA
2010 – Fellow of The Stone Summer Theory Institute – “Beyond the Aesthetics and the Anti-Aesthetics” (Chicago, 18–24 July 2010)
2009 to the present – PhD Seminar on Art Theory of the Department of Art History, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences.
2008-2011 - invited lecturer of the PhD program Espacio Público y Regeneración Urbana (Public Space and Urban Regenerating) of the Universitat de Barcelona. PhD programme with a quality mention of the Ministry of Innovación y Ciencia of Spain