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

Meneses, Maria Paula; Bidaseca, Karina (2018), As Epistemologias do Sul como expressão de lutas epistemológicas e ontológicas, in Maria Paula Meneses, Karina Bidaseca (org.), Epistemologías del Sur. Buenos Aires; Coimbra: CLACSO; CES, 11-21

Article in Scientific journal

Meneses, Maria Paula; Ramos Gonçalves, Marisa; Araújo, Sara (2018), "Sé mak tesi lia? Interlegalidade e Hibridismo dos Sistemas de Justiça em Timor-Leste", Revista da Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa'e, 1, 1, 243-275

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Khan, Sheila Pereira; Meneses, Maria Paula; Enge Bertelsen, Bjørn (orgs.) (2018), Mozambique on the Move. Challenges and Reflections. Leiden: Brill