Vera Azevedo

Vera Azevedo

PhD Candidate, FCT PhD fellow (2017-2021) and PhD Candidate Researcher at CRIA

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Research interests

My rechearch is supervised by José Mapril, Assistant Professor at FCSH Anthropology Department (DA).

It considers the impact of sea patrimonialization in Ericeira and explores how official discourses about Portuguese maritime heritage are related to the (re)definition of surfing and fishing practices in the village. Also accounts for the reconfigurations generated by this process in creating a habitus of sports, work and leisure.

Based on the official governmental discourses and policies about Portuguese maritime heritage - the National Strategy for the Sea 2013/2020 - and because the village was elected World Surfing Reserve in 2011, it analyses the relationship between this sport and the local economy and policies, observes the changes in the tourism sector, the growth of local surf industry and its impact on the fishing community.
It relates the economy of goods and services to the economy of experience and sharing, observes the existing continuities and ruptures and investigates how surfers, fishermen and local authorities define (or redefine) sports, work and leisure practices and strategies.
Also, because surfing and fishing are pratices constituted in the 'lived experience', it is important to reflect on the performative action of the surfer and fisherman in the daily life of the World Surfing Reserve- Ericeira, in order to find out which maritime narratives emerge from this new reality.

Personal information

Vera Azevedo has a BA in Acting at ESTC-Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa(1987), a BA in Anthropology at ISCTE – IUL (2008) and a MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at ICS-Universidade de Lisboa [2011). 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.

PhD candidate at NOVA-FCSH with the thesis 'Surfers and Fishermen:Heritage, Work and Sport in Ericeira' , FCT PhD fellow (2017-2020) and PhD Candidate Researcher at CRIA, she investigates processes of transformation in fishing villages due to the practice of surfing and is interested in reflecting on the contemporary processes of patrimonialization applied to the sea and its relationship with the creation of a “habitus” of sports, leisure and work.

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).

She is the author of the online project “Sal e Filhos – Gerações do Surf em Portugal”. It 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.

She has 2 section(s) of books and has received 1 awards and/or honors. Works in the area(s) of Social Sciences with emphasis on Anthropology. The most frequent terms in the context of scientific, technological and artistic-cultural output are: "surf"; "mar"; "trabalho"; "desporto"; "património"; "sea"; "work"; "sport"; "heritage"; "teatro"; "gender"; "nation"; "theatre"; "moçambique"; "género"; "nação"; "mozambique"; .

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, Master, Instituto de Ciências Sociais - ICS

… → 2011

Anthropology, Bachelor, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)

… → 2008

Theatre - Acting Studies, Bachelor, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema - IPL

… → 1987


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