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Cristina Brito

Dr Cristina Brito

Cristina Brito is an Assistant Professor at the History Department at NOVA FCSH, Lisbon, and the Director of CHAM - Center for the Humanities (2020-2022).

Cristina is currently the PI of two EEA Grants Bilateral Funds Initiatives and the co-PI of the ERC Synergy Grant 4-OCEANS (2021-2027). She holds a PhD in History of the Portuguese Expansion, NOVA FCSH, a Masters in Ethology from ISPA and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology, FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her current positions, she has been awarded a Research Contract by FCT (IF/00610/2015) at CHAM (NOVA FCSH) to investigate ‘Cow-fish, ngulu-maza or iguaragua? Local and Global Knowledge Production, Changing Perceptions and Practices on Marine Animals in the Atlantic, 1419–1758’ (2016-2019). Cristina has an interdisciplinary, comparative and cross-cultural approach to her research. Her scientific interests include early modern marine environmental history, local and global perceptions about and uses of the seas, Atlantic and oceanic histories, humans and nonhumans relationships, and new perspectives on the environmental humanities. She is also a member of the Board of OPI – Oceans Past Initiative, and an active member of several networks and research projects, within the thematic line of research (Environmental History and the Sea), such as the UNESCO Chair “Oceans' Cultural Heritage” and the H2020 RISE project CONCHA.