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Dr Mafalda Dâmaso is a researcher, consultant and arts manager interested in the intersection between culture and international affairs. She holds a PhD in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London, a MA in Politics (European Union studies) from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium and a BA in Sociology from ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal.

Recent and ongoing research includes: the art collection of the United Nations, the cultural policies of European far-right and far-left parties, the global governance of culture, cultural responses to mounting Euroscepticism and populism, cultural diplomacy within the European Union’s foreign and security policy, and cultural policy in light of global inequality. 

Dâmaso taught art history in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and was an invited guest lecturer on the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, as well as on the Certificate of Advanced Studies Design in International Organisations: History of International Organisations and Evolution of their Forms of Representation offered by HEAD Geneva – Geneva University of Art and Design. In the 2018/19 academic year, she will be teaching cultural diplomacy as part of the MA in Geopolitics and International Relations offered by the Catholic University of Paris.

Previous roles and collaborations outside academia include the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, the United Nations Association UK, and arts organisations such as the Institute for Contemporary Arts and The Showroom.

Dâmaso is a member of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies’ Academics Network, as part of working groups on Identity and on the EU Foreign Strategy; an Associate Member of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, among others.

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