Rita Alcaire


Biography

Post-Doctoral Researcher developing the research ENGAGE - Promoting gender equality and social justice through social science communication and transmedia storytelling. Consultant for KINDER - Tackling gender stereotypes in education and early childhood: the construction of an Inclusive Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and X-MEN - Masculinities, Empathy and Non-Violence. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies (CES / III) with a thesis on narratives about asexuality in Portugal by health professionals, the media, and asexual people, with the purpose of challenging and rethinking the notion of human rights. Co-coordinator of Social and Cultural Psychiatry MA (Faculty of Medicine), she has developed outreach and advocacy activities in this area of expertise. She is part of the organization of the advanced training cycle Publish do Not Perish - Survive the Stampede and SHARP Talks - Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights, at CES. Her research interests focus on the study of gender and sexualities, mental health, and pop culture, using different media as a privileged way to engage with them. Most significant publications include the chapters 'Asexuality as an Epistemological Lens: An Evolving Multi-Layered Approach '(SAGE, 2020), 'Disavowing psychiatry: activism, health policies and health as a political act' (IUC, 2020), and 'The asexual community discusses its struggle to find acceptance'(EDUEL, 2019).


Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Alcaire, Rita (2021), "(In)Visible (a)sexuality? Media discourses and representations on asexuality in Portugal", Antropologia Portuguesa, 38, 23-42

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Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2021), A medicalização do desejo sexual: A assexualidade precisa de consultório médico?, in Sílvia Portugal e Tiago Pires Marques (org.), A Saúde Reinventada. Novas fronteiras da medicalização da vida. Coimbra: CES Almedina, 231-257

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Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita; Grácio, Rita (2021), Ser 'jovem' cientista social sem perecer na academia-turbilhão, in Maria José Carvalho, Ana Paula Sequeiros e Graça Capinha (org.), Investigação e escrita: Publicar Sem Perecer. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 295-319

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