Catarina Gomes

Professor in the Social Sciences
Agostinho Neto University

Catarina Antunes Gomes holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Comibra (Portugal) and is professor in the Social Sciences Faculty at Agostinho Neto University (Luanda, Angola). She is also the coordinator of the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (Centre for Sociological Studies and Research) at the same institution and a researcher at Centro de Estudos Sociais at the University of Coimbra. She has participated in several national and international projects including: TERRA–Réseau de Recherche et Publication; ALICE–Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons (Coimbra–European Research Council, 2013); Reconciliation and Social Conflict in the Aftermath of large-scale Violence in Southern Africa: the cases of Angola and Namibia (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation); FEDERES–Formation et Dévelopement de l’Expertise des Ressources en Europe du Sud, (European Union, INTERREG III B, SUDOE, 2003–2007).


  • Why a Humanities Lab in Angola? A Few Remarks on Critical Thinking and the Relevance of a ‘Public Humanities’ Concept

    This working paper is structured around five topics: (i) a brief summary of Angola’s contemporary history and a presentation of Angola’s main human development indicators; (ii) a brief presentation of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Agostinho Neto University (Luanda); (iii) a more detailed presentation of CIESO (Centre for Sociological Studies and Research) and its main activities and projects; (iv) a presentation of the Humanities Lab project and (v) the Humanities Lab project’s philosophy.