Maria Manuela Guilherme


MARIA MANUELA DUARTE GUILHERME is a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra since 2002, where she is a member of the "Research Group on Humanities, Migration and Peace Studies". She was a full time researcher for the CES-Associate Laboratory (2002-2007) and a Marie-Sklodowska Curie grantee (2014-2017). Her research interests are Intercultural Communication and Education, Plurilingualism and Intercultural Epistemologies in Transnational research, Teacher Education, Linguistic Policies in Education, Mobility and Ethnicity. She was born in Zambezia, Moçambique, where she lived until she started a 'Licenciatura' in Germanic Philologies at the University of Lisbon. Later she took a Master's in Cultural Studies (Bilingual and Bicultural EDucation in the United States of America). She holds a PhD in Social Sciences/Education in Languages and Cultures by the University of Durham,UK (2000) for whose thesis she was awarded the Birkmaier Award for doctoral research at Washington D. C. by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and The Modern Language Journal. Her academic merit is also recognised by a biographical summary by her honourable colleague Phipps, A. (2012) in C. A. Chapelle (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publ. Between 1987 and 1999, she carried out research mostly in the USA, besides in the UK. In the following decade, her research focus was in Europe and from 2010 until 2019 in Latin America. After signing a contract with CES, she coordinated two European projects,funded by the European Commission, namely (a) ICOPROMO - Intercultural Competence for Professional Mobility (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), also supported by the European Centre for Modern Languages, Council of Europe [2003-2006])and (b) INTERACT - Intercultural Active Citizenship Education (Sixth European Framework Programme), also funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [2004-2007]). She was the scientific co-coordinator of the RIAIPE3 project: "Programa Marco Interuniversitario para la equidad y la cohesion social de las instituciones de educación superior en America Latina" (2010-2013), funded by the ALFA Programme of the European Commission for the cooperation between Europe and Latin America.Her most recent project GLOCADEMICS - "'Glocal Languages' and 'Intercultural Responsibility in a postcolonial global academic world: Power relations between languages/cultures within and between research groups" was carried out both in Portugal, at the "Centro de Estudos Sociais, UC", and Brazil, at the "Departamento de Letras Modernas, Universidade de São Paulo", funded by a MSC grant (Marie Sklodowska-Curie). Her work has been published internationally. She is the author of "Critical Citizens for an Intercultural World: Foreign Language Education as cultural politics", 2002, and co-editor of Critical Pedagogy: Political approaches to language and intercultural communication, 2004, both published by Multilingual Matters. She co-authored books such as "ICOPROMO - Intercultural Competence for Professional Mobility", European Centre of Modern Languages, Council of Europe (2007) and was main editor of "The Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Working" by Multilingual Matters, as well as the author of chapters in books and encyclopaedias by Sage and Routledge. She is a member of some journal editorial boards, namely the "Language and Intercultural Communication" and the "Roteiro", Brazil. She has extensive publication which resulted from her last project, namely "Glocal languages: The South Talks Back" (2019), by Guilherme and Souza (eds.), Routledge

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Guilherme, Maria Manuela (2021), How critical has intercultural learning and teaching become? A diachronic and synchronic view of "critical cultural awareness" in language education, in Intercultural Competence Past, Present and Future - Respecting the Past, Problems in the Present and Forging the Future (org.), Intercultural Competence Past, Present and Future - Respecting the Past, Problems in the Present and Forging the Future. Singapore: Springer, (pp. 185-208)

Book Chapter

Guilherme, Maria Manuela (2020), Intercultural Responsibility: Critical inter-epistemic dialogue and equity for sustainable development, in Leal Filho W., Azul, A.M., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Wall, T. (org.), Partnership for the Goals: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, vol. 17

Article in Scientific journal

Guilherme, Maria Manuela (2020), "Investigação e praxis: Por uma pedagogia intercultural crítica", Revista Estreia Diálogos, 5, 1, 14-34