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Workshop: "The challenges of researching Academia from the inside"

You are warmly invited to join us for this exciting WORKSHOP FOR PhD STUDENTS AND EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS:


thaisThe shoemaker's kids always go barefoot: The challenges of researching Academia from the inside

Thursday, October 20th 2016

1.00 – 2.45 pm

E1.02 (Social Sciences Building)



Dr. Thais França (CIES – Lisbon University Institute)


Aims of the Workshop:

To conduct an academic research implies taking into account many different variables and scenarios, not only its scientific aspects – theories, objectives, methods and methodologies – but also its ethical and political implications and the institutional aspects and constraints involved. Researching academic topics therefore, may be more challenging and complex than it would seem. In this workshop aimed at PhD students and early career scholars, we will discuss those challenges, drawing both on Thais França’s research on the experiences of migrant women academics, and on participants’ own research projects.





Thais França is from Brazil but currently works in Portugal as a Post-Doc researcher at CIES-IUL, Portugal. She received her PhD in the Sociology of Work at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, an MA in Work Psychology at the University of Bologna, Italy, under the European Erasmus Mundus Master Program “Work, Organizational, and Personal Psychology” and a Bachelor degree in Psychology at the Federal University of Ceará, Brasil.

Her current research project is about gender and scientific mobility in Europa, analyzing, especially, issues relating to sexism and racism in the Academic environment. This research interest emerges from her own personal experience as a Latin American migrant woman – first in Italy and now in the Portuguese academia – and from what she has experienced and heard from other migrant women researchers.

As feminist studies teaches us, on the one hand the separation between researcher and object is unwarranted, and on the other hand there should be no difference between feminism research and activism. To recognize myself as a “Brazilian immigrant woman”; to implicate my biography in my analysis; to demarcate in my writings a situated position; and to assume a political and ideological commitment with social transformation; are some of the characteristics I attempt to include in all of my work.


Workshop organised by the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender