Maria Paula Meneses


MARIA PAULA MENESES is a Principal researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. A Mozambican scholar, she attended secondary school in Maputo, and later on did her graduate studies in Russia (MA in History from St. Petersburg University) and obtained her PhD in the USA, by Rutgers University. At the CES Maria Paula Meneses develops several research projects and teaches in two PhD programs, namely Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship and Human Rights in the 21st th century. Internationally she co-coordinates, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Karina Bidaseca, CES-CLACSO e-learning specialization course on Epistemologies of the South. Previously she was a Professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Her research focus on the political history and socio-legal complexity of southern Africa, especially in Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. At the heart of her interests are the relations between knowledge, power and societies, paying special attention to people who experienced the violence of the colonial encounter. She has conducted various projects on the postcolonial legal pluralism - with a focus on the relationship between the state and 'traditional authorities'-, the relationship between official history, memory(ies) and other narratives of belonging in contemporary identity struggles. Another of the topics in which she has been working focuses on the possibilities of decolonization of the university, a theme that he has addressed particularly from her African experience. Her work has been published in journals, books and reports in several countries, including Mozambique, Spain, Portugal, Senegal, USA, England, Germany, Colombia, amid others. Recent publications include, co-edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos, a volume on "Epistemologies of the Global South" (Almedina, 2009, 2011; Cortez, 2010, Akal, 2014), integrating contributions of scholars from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, as well as "Mozambique on the Move. Challenges and Reflections" (Brill, 2018), co-organized with Sheila Khan and Bjorn Bertelsen.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Gonçalves, Marisa; Meneses, Maria Paula (2019), A descoberta do Tarabandu, in Kelly Silva, Daniel Simião, Ana Carolina Oliveira, Therese Tam e Alberto Fidalgo Castro (org.), Rupturas, Continuidades e Novas Sínteses em Timor-Leste: Anais da 1ª Conferência TLSA-BR. Belo Horizonte: Casa Apoema, 75-80

Book Chapter

Meneses, Maria Paula (2019), Mujeres y violencia masiva en Mozambique a finales del período colonial, in Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Bruno Sena Martins (org.), El pluriverso de los Derechos Humanos: la diversidad de las luchas por la dignidad. Madrid: Akal, 297-322

Book Chapter

Meneses, Maria Paula (2019), Mulheres e violência em massa em Moçambique no período colonial tardio, in Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Bruno Sena Martins (org.), O pluriverso dos direitos humanos. A diversidade das lutas pela dignidade. Belo Horizonte: Autêntica Editora, 297-322