FCSH-UNL (Portugal)

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Profile of the organization

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) http://www.unl.pt  is a university institution with internationally recognised research and high quality teaching, and with strategic partnerships of excellence. UNL currently has 16.660 students, about 1100 teachers and 743 non-academic staff, distributed through five faculties, three institutes and one school, providing a wide range of courses in all fields of knowledge. The university is actively involved in cooperation, in particular with North-American universities, such as the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in master’s courses and doctoral and research programmes. UNL integrates 38 scientific research centres funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT (Science and Technology Foundation). It also hosts four associated laboratories, three of which in partnership with other research institutions.

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas -Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) currently has 292 lecturers (19 Full Professors and 60 Associate Professors) and 39 Researchers; 2800 undergraduate students, 1350 masters students and 750 PhD students. FCSH is a multidisciplinary unit that promotes diversity of knowledge, creativity and freedom of thought. Teaching and research activities developed at the Faculty ensure scientific training in the different domains of Social Sciences and Humanities. 7 research Centres, out of 16, have been evaluated as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’, according to the criteria defined by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, placing FCSH in a leading position at UNL. The high number of international projects in which FCSH participates demonstrates the growing visibility of the research developed in this Institution.

We have been working since 2008 with multimodal corpora and video annotation of performing arts materials.

– Provision of technology: a digital tool for video annotation in real-time (“Creation-Tool”) developed recently by our research group. The prototype is already tested by professional choreographers, but needs to be developed for a more robust use and global distribution. This can be done in the framework of Europeana Space.

– Provision of content: ca. 100 hours of annotated video materials of Portuguese contemporary dance and performing arts.


Role in the project

Technology and content provider

Key personnel

Carla Montez Fernandes: Ph.D in Linguistics. Associate Professor at Instituto Politécnico de Leiria until 2007, currently a Senior Researcher at FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Recently awarded a European Research Council Grant for her interdisciplinary project “BlackBox – A collaborative platform to document performance composition: from conceptual structures in the backstage to customizable visualizations in the front-end”, to run at FCSH-UNL from 2014 until 2019 under her direction. Principal Investigator of the “TKB project” (A Transmedia Knowledge-Base for performing arts) funded by the national Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal. Research collaborator in international projects at the crossings of Arts&Science, such as Inside Movement Knowledge or LABO 21.

Her research focus is in the intersection of Cognitive Linguistics and the Performing Arts, particularly concerning the annotation of multimodal corpora in dynamic and collaborative digital archives for the analysis/documentation of contemporary dance.

Supervisor of MA and Ph.D thesis in: Cognitive Linguistics and Multimodal Communication, Lexicology&Terminology and Performing Arts&Digital Media at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, FE-Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade Federal da Baía, Brazil.