Rita Alcaire


Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. Research Fellow for the Portuguese team of CILIA LGBTQI+ Lifelong inequalities of LGBTQI+ people: a comparative and intersectional approach in four European countries, funded by FCT (via NORFACE). She holds a Ph.D. in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies with the thesis The Asexual Revolution: discussing human rights through the lens of asexuality in Portugal, which analyses current narratives about asexuality narrated by health professionals, the media and asexual people, in order to challenge and rethink the notion of human rights. Co-coordinator of the MA in Social and Cultural Psychiatry (FMUC) and has been developing outreach and advocacy activities in this area of expertise. Has been involved in the organisation and facilitation of the advanced training cycle Publish do not Perish at CES. Her research interests lie in the study of gender and sexualities, mental health, and pop culture using media as a privileged way to engage with them. She is the creator and presenter of Pop Science Express (2020), a radio segment on pop culture and social sciences (RUC). Co-directed 'Das 9 às 5 - trabalho sexual é trabalho' (2011), 'Um Quarto no Éter - um ano na Rádio Universidade de Coimbra' (2011), 'Filarmónicas da Ilha Preta' (2011), 'O Pessoal do Pico Toma Conta Disso' (2010), 'Breve História do Rock de Coimbra' (2010), 'Para-suicídio Pop' (2008) and 'Filhos do Tédio' (2006). Most significant publications include the chapters 'Asexuality as an Epistemological Lens: An Evolving Multi-Layered Approach' (SAGE, 2020), 'A comunidade assexual discute a sua luta por aceitação' (EDUEL, 2019), 'Do we wear fashion or is fashion wearing us out? - international investment, globalization and human rights' (FURG, 2017) and 'Representações da masturbação no cinema e televisão mainstream' (Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015).

Latest Publications

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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Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2020), Asexuality as an Epistemological Lens: An Evolving Multi-Layered Approach, in Zowie Davy; Ana Cristina Santos; Chiara Bertone; Ryan Thoreson; Saskia E. Wieringa (org.), The Sage Handbook of Global Sexualities, volume 1. Londres: Sage, 141-159

Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2019), A comunidade assexual discute a sua luta por aceitação, in Paulo Victor Bezerra (org.), Assexualidade: subjetividades emergentes no século XXI. Brasil: EDUEL, 151-164