Maria Teresa Cruz is Associated Professor to the Communication Sciences Department of NOVA University of Lisbon – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (UNL/FCSH) and teaches in the fields of Image Theory, Media Aesthetics and Contemporary Art and Culture. She is an affiliated member to the Research Group of Culture, Media and Art, of the Research Institute of communication of NOVA University (ICNOVA), that she coordinated between 2012-2015. She founded Interact – Journal of Art, Culture and Technology that she directed between 2000-2006. Recent projects focus on digital media and participation culture (“African-European Narratives” – Europe For Citizens, 2018-2019) and on cultural heritage mediation (Interpretative Center G. Ribeiro Telles, Gulbenkian Foundation, 2013; Museology Design for COA Museum of Paleolithic Art – World Heritage, 2008-2010). Books: A Modernidade Estética. Uma arqueologia do sensível (Nova Vega/Amazon I.P., 2020); Media Theory and Cultural Technologies (Cambridge Scholars, 2017); Novos Media – Novas Práticas (Lisbon: Vega, 2011).
Areas of Research: Media Aesthetics and Media Theory; Image Theory; Contemporary Art and Culture; Cultural Techniques and Heritage Mediation; Participation and Contributive Culture