Rita Alcaire


Biography

Postdoctoral Researcher (Democracy, Citizenship and Law Research Group). Research Fellow for the Portuguese team of CILIA LGBTQI+ Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQI+ Citizens in Four European Countries, funded by FCT (via NORFACE). She holds a PhD in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies(CES / III) with the thesis 'The Asexual Revolution: discussing human rights through the lens of asexuality in Portugal', which analyses narratives about asexuality by health professionals, 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 of 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 tp find acceptance'(EDUEL, 2019).


Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Alcaire, Rita (2021), "LGBTQI+ Healthcare (in)Equalities in Portugal: What Can We Learn from Asexuality?", Healthcare, 9, 5

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Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2020), Patti Smith, in Santos, Boaventura de Sousa; Cunha, Teresa; Nunes, João Arriscado; Noronha, Susana de (Eds.) (org.), Mestres & Mestras do Mundo: Coragem e Sabedoria. Coimbra: CES-ALICE

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Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2020), Desautorizando a psiquiatria: ativismos, políticas de saúde e a saúde como um ato político, in Manuel João Quartilho (org.), Psiquiatria Social e Cultural: Diálogos e Convergências. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 357-377

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