Professors

David Deterding

Associate Professors

Ahsan Ullah

Ampuan Hj Brahim bin Ampuan Hj Tengah

Hj Asbol bin Hj Mail

Gary Jones

James McLellan

Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal

Noor Azam OKMB Haji-Othman

Senior Assistant Professors

Aini binti Hj Karim

Debbie Ho

Hjh Dyg Fatimah binti Hj Awang Chuchu

Johannes L. Kurz

Md Shafi Noor Islam

Paul Deyuan He

Hj Ramlee bin Hj Tinkong

Rommel Curaming

Salbrina Hj Sharbawi

Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

Yabit Alas

Assistant Professors

Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra bte Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

Hannah Ho Ming Yit

Kathrina bte DP Haji Mohd Daud

Magne Knudsen

Meredian Alam

Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad

Rui Oliveira Lopes

Shirley Chin

Siti Mazidah binti Hj Mohamad

Yong Liu

Lecturers

Ak Hj Ashrol Rahimy bin Pg Hj Damit

Asmali Hj Sulaiman

Hjh Aznah binti Hj Suhaimi

Chester Keasberry

Daniel Wee

Ena Herni binti Wasli

Gabriel Yong

Izni Azrein bin Noor Azalie

Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

Mardina binti Hj Mahadi

Maslin bin Haji Jukin/Jukim

Mohd. Zefri Ariff bin Mohd. Zain Ariff

Nani Suryani binti Hj Abu Bakar

Dk Noor Hasharina bte Pg Haji Hassan

Norzurianie Hj Kamarulzaman

Rinni Marliyana binti Hj Amran

Assistant Lecturers

Mayyer Ling

Tutors

Exzayrani binti Awang Sulaiman

Pg Mohd Rahiman Pg Aliudin

Shariza Wahyuna Hj Shahrin

Siti Badriyah Hj Mohd Yusof

Siti Ifwah Fauzani binti Hj Chuchu

Administrative Staff

FASS Administrative Staff

Research Students

FASS PhD Students

Research Assistants

Diotima Chattoraj

 

Rui Oliveira Lopes

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Academic Qualifications


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Teaching

  • Art and Design History
  • Introduction to Communication and Visual Arts
  • Bruneian Art and Crafts
  • Introduction to Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Curatorship and Event Management
  • Modern and Postmodern Art and Design
  • Research Project
  • Independent Study (Creative Industries)
  • MA in Art by Research
  • PhD in Art

Research Areas

  • Global Art History
  • Artistic and Cultural Exchanges
  • Religious Art
  • Anthropology of Art
  • Museum & Heritage Studies
  • Folk Art & Contemporary Visual Culture

Current Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator. The value of cultural heritage and appropriate museology in the formation of collective identity. Art, museums and (in)tangible cultural heritage in Brunei Darussalam. (UBD/ORI/URC/RG (334)/U01). BND$ 9,933.00 (January 2016 to December 2017). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
  • Project Leader. Literature survey on Conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Brunei Darussalam. Research collaboration with the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCI) for the Research Database on ICH safeguarding in the Asia-Pacific Region. (May 2017 to December 2017). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
  • Principal Investigator. Southeast Asia and the South China Sea: the making of a cosmopolitan space since 1400. Principal Investigator. This is a Faculty Research Cluster that aims to analyse the artistic, cultural, linguistic and sociological exchanges in South China Sea as a result of migrations and globally entangled histories. (August 2017 to August 2019). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
  • Principal Investigator. Mapping the Cultural and Creative Industries in Brunei Darussalam. This project aims to assess the state of cultural and creative industries in Brunei Darussalam, creating a database that will allow to measure the impact of the sector in the global economy, the contribution for employment, measure gender equity, and identify opportunities for development and growth. Funded by Progresif Cellular. (August 2016 to December 2020). Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Completed Research Projects (before joining UBD)

  • Principal Investigator. Art in a Global Perspective. This is a Faculty Research Cluster established with the aim to discuss the issues of world art and global art, connecting art histories and analysing the relevance of art in negotiating cultures. (2011 – 2015) Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon. Under this cluster I lead the following projects:
    • Face to Face. The Transcendence of the Arts in China and Beyond (2011 – 2015) (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain & Works of Art, Confucius Institute of the University of Lisbon, and Observatory for China. Total Funds: EUR 65.000). Outcome: 1 international conference held in Lisbon; 1 international workshop held in Lisbon (conceived and co-organized with Franziska Koch, Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context); 2 edited books and 1 special issue for the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect Publishers); 1 contemporary art exhibition and 1 contemporary art catalogue.
    • Permanent Seminar on Global Art (2013 – 2015). A lecture series on the studies of global art.
    • Contemporary ‘Islamic’ art and the global art scene (2014 – 2015) (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology – EUR 6,000) A research project launched with the idea to discuss the definition of ‘Islamic art’ in the context of contemporary artistic practice and the rise of new geographies in the contemporary art scene. It also discusses the relevance of migration and (dis)location in the process of cultural negotiation by means of artistic practice. Outcome: 1 international workshop; 1 book; papers presented in international conference).
    • The Gesamtkunstwerk. A Concept for All Times and Places (2014). A research project initiated with the purpose to analyse the expanded field of Gesamtkunstwerk throughout time, distinct geographies of art and artistic forms. Outcome: 1 international conference.
  • Principal Investigator. The Art of Leather Puppetry in India. Shadows of Karnataka in the Orient Museum collection (2013 – 2014) Joint project with the Centre for Atomic Physics for the study of shadow puppets in the collections of the Orient Museum.
  • Project Leader. Art and Genre (2012) (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology – EUR 6,000). Outcome: 1 international conference; 1 book.
  • Project Leader. Art and Society (2010) (Funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology – EUR 6,000). Outcome: 1 international conference; 1 book.

Publications

EDITED BOOKS

Lopes, R. O. (ed.) (2015). Global Trends in Modern and Contemporary ‘Islamic’ Art. Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), Global Art Monograph Series. ISBN: 978-989-8771-28-5.

Lopes, R. O. (ed.) (2014). Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond – Historical Perspectives. Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) Global Art Monograph Series. ISBN: 978-989-8300-49-2.

Lopes, R. O. (ed.) (2013). Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond – Approaches to Modern and Contemporary art. Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) Global Art Monograph Series. ISBN: 978-989-8300-47-2.

Lopes, R. O. and Cruzeiro, C. P. (eds.) (2012). Arte e Género. Mulheres e Criação Artística (Art and Genre. Women and Artistic Creation). Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), 2012. ISBN: 978-989-8300-40-9.

Lopes, R. O. and Cruzeiro, C. P. (eds.) (2011). Arte e Sociedade (Art and Society). Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon). ISBN: 879-989-8300-17-5.

EDITED JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES

Lopes, R. O., Blair, S. S. & Bloom, J. (eds.) (2016) Religion and the Arts, 20 (1-2). Special issue Religion and the Arts in Global Asia. Leiden / Boston: Brill.

Lopes R. O. & Koch, F. (eds.) (2016) Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art 3 (1-2). Special issue ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice. Intellect Publishers.

Editorships

Founding editor and editor-in-chief of a new book series Global Art Monograph Series, CIEBA/FBAUL (2013 – 2015).

Journal Articles

Lopes, R. O. (2020). Artistic eclecticism in Mughal miniature painting from 1526 to 1707. Orientations, 51(5), 65-77. (Link)

Lopes, R. O. (2020) A ‘Flora Sinensis’ de Michał Piotr Boym (1654): Animais, plantas e frutos medicinais da China e do Sudeste Asiático. Revista Oriente, 28, 92-101.

Lopes, R. O. (2020) An overview of the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Brunei Darussalam. International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 15, 152-163.

Lopes, R. O. (2020) Jesuit visual culture and the Song nianzhu guicheng. The Annunciation as a spiritual meditation on the redemptive Incarnation of Christ. Art in Translation, 12(1), 82-113. DOI: 10.1080/17561310.2020.1769905.

Lopes, R. O. (2020). The “transience of things” in Vajrayana Buddhist visual culture. Convocarte - Journal of Art Studies, 8, 107-128. (PDF Version)

Lopes, R. O., & Aliudin, R. (2019). The cultural and creative industries as a new road to economic diversification in Brunei Darussalam. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 19, 64–77. (PDF Version).

Lopes, R. O. (2018). L’art dans les missions jésuites en Chine. Une edition illustrée du XVIIe siècle de la ‘Méthode de prière du Rosaire’. Histoire de l’art, 82, 141–154.

Lopes, R. O. (2017). Words for images and images for words: An iconological and scriptural study of the Christian prints in the Chengshi moyuan 程氏墨苑. Word and Image. A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 33(1), 87–107. DOI: 10.1080/02666286.2016.1263137

Lopes, R. O., amp; Blair, S. (2016). Editor’s introduction. Religion and the arts of global Asia. Religion and the Arts, 20(1–2), 1–3. DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02001001

Lopes, R. O. (2016). A new light on the shadows of heavenly bodies. Indian shadow puppets: From still paintings to motion pictures. Religion and the Arts, 20(1–2), 160–196. DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02001008

Lopes, R. O. (2014). Securing the Harmony Between the High and the Low. Power Animals and Symbols of Political Authority in Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes. Asian Perspectives. The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific, 53 (2), 195–225.

Lopes, R. O. (2014). Meeting another China. Exhibiting Chinese [folk] art and popular culture in the Orient Museum. World Art, 4(2), 237–261. DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2014.937505

Lopes, R. O. (2013). Repensar a pintura europeia no contexto das missões católicas na corte imperial Chinesa (1601–1798) [Rethinking European painting in the context of the catholic missions in China (1601 – 1798)]. Revista Oriente, 22, 52–74.

Lopes, R. O. (2012). Integrating the Heavens and Humanity. Shen Zhou’s album leaf paintings at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Zhongguo yanjiu / Journal of Chinese Studies, 8, 123–138.

Lopes, R. O. (2009). 皇權鏡影:對〈胤禛行樂圖〉冊的若干觀察 羅匯著、邱士華 [Reflections of Sovereign Power: Various Observations on the Painting Volume Entitled ‘Entertainments of Emperor Yongzheng’]. National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, 312, 26–33. (PDF version).

Lopes, R. O. (2007). A função da imagem artística segundo a tradição medieval da igreja e a prática da pintura Portuguesa do Renascimento [The function of artistic imagery according to the traditions of medieval Church and the practice in Portuguese Renaissance painting]. ArteTeoria – Revista do Mestrado de Teorias da Arte, Faculty Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, 9, 35–52. (PDF version).

Lopes, R. O. (2006). Fundamentos da imagem cristã. Em torno de uma conceptualização e uso da imagem na arte ocidental (The meaning of Christian image. On the conceptualization and the uses of image in Western art) Artis - Revista do Instituto de Historia da Arte, Faculty of Letters, Lisbon University, 5, 207–216.

Lopes, R. O. (2006). Tradição metodológica e fortuna crítica da pintura Portuguesa do Renascimento (On the methodology and historiography of Portuguese Renaissance painting). Património, Faculty of Letters, Oporto University, 5 / 6, 279–290. (PDF version).

BOOK CHAPTERS

Lopes, R. O. (2020). Museum curation in the digital age. In G. Hearn (Ed.), The future of creative work: Creativity and digital disruption (pp. 124-140). Edward Elgar Publishing. (Link)

Lopes, R. O. (2014). The formation of artistic identities in the context of intercultural dialogue between China and the World. In R. O. Lopes (Ed.), Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond – Historical Perspectives (pp. 10–40). Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) Global Art Monograph Series. (PDF version).

Lopes, R. O. (2012). O Bharatanatyam e a pintura de Mithila. A criação artística das mulheres entre a tradição religiosa e a construção identitarian da Índia contemporânea (Bharatanatyam and Mithila painting. The artistic creation of women between the religious tradition and the identity construction of contemporary India. In C. P. Cruzeiro & R. O. Lopes (Eds.) Arte e Género. Mulheres e criação artística (Art and Genre. Women and Artistic Creation) (pp. 114–148). Lisbon, CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon). (PDF version).

Lopes, R. O. (2011). Imagens do terror e a construção da moralidade (Images of terror and the construction of Morality). In C. P. Cruzeiro & R. O. Lopes (Eds.) Arte e Sociedade (Art and Society) pp. 54–75. Lisbon: Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon. (PDF version).

Lopes, R. O. (2009). A ideia de Natureza na arte Chinesa. Da pintura de paisagem à arquitectura de jardim (The idea of Nature in Chinese art. From landscape painting to gardens architecture). In J. Quaresma (Ed.) Art and Nature (pp. 248–267). Lisbon: Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon. (PDF version).

Published Conference Papers

Lopes, R. O., Owais Ahmed Malik, Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh, Keasberry, C., Ong, W. H., Chin, W. L., & Liu, Y. (2019). Exploring digital architectural heritage in Brunei Darussalam: Towards heritage safeguarding, smart tourism, and interactive education. In 2019 IEEE Fifth International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM) (pp. 383–390).

ENCYCLOPEDIA AND REFERENCE BOOK ARTICLES

Lopes, R. O. (2015). “Bronze Age”; “Castiglione, Giuseppe”; “Chinggis Khan ?1167–1227”; “Erligang site”; “Erlitou”; “Mi Fu”; “Neolithic Culture”; “Ni Zan”; Sanxingdui site”; Schall von Bell, Adam 1591 - 1666”; “Shang”; “Shi ji (Historical Records)”; “Verbiest, Ferdinand 1623 - 1688”; “Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOI Dutch East India Company)”; “Wang Wei 699 - 761”; “Zhou”. In M. Dillon (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Chinese History. London: Routledge. (see here).

Lopes, R. O. (2012). “Architecture”; “Art”. In Andrea L. Stanton & Edward Ramsamy & Peter J. Seybolt & Carolyn M. Elliott (Eds.) Cultural Sociology of Middle East, Africa and Asia: West, Central and South Asia. Part 2, 1200 to 1900, Volume 4 (pp. 71–73 and 74–76). Los Angeles: SAGE. DOI: 10.4135/9781452218458 / 10.4135/9781452218458.n673.

Book Reviews

Lopes, R. O. (2019). [Review of the book Semionauts of Tradition: Music, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Singapore]. Journal of Contemporary Asia]. DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2019.1642369

Lopes, R. O. (2018). [Review of the book Contemporary Iranian Art: From the Street to the Studio]. Orientations, 49(2).

Lopes, R. O. (2017). [Review of the book Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour]. Orientations, 48(1).


Organization of Conferences and Workshops

International Conferences
  • Gesamtkunstwerk. A Concept for all Times and Places, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon (12 – 15 March 2014). (see here and here).
  • Face to Face. The Transcendence of the Arts in China and Beyond, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon (3 – 5 April 2013) Keynote Speaker: Wang Cheng-hua, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica (Taiwan).
  • Art and Genre. Women and Artistic Creation, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon (15 – 17 February 2012).
  • Art and Society, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon (27 October, 3, 10, 17, and 25 November 2010) Keynote Speakers: Anna Maria Guash, Barcelona University; Marcelo Exposito, Castilla-La Mancha University and Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.
International Workshops
  • (In)Direct Speech. ‘Chineseness’ in contemporary art discourse and practice. Art Market, Curatorial Practice and Creative Processes, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (16–19 March 2015) Keynote Speaker: Keith Wallace, Editor-in-chief of Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. (see here).
  • Global Trends in Contemporary Islamic Art, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon (19 – 21 November 2014) Keynote Speakers: Michael Barry, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Kimberly Masteller, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • Spiritual and Artistic Interactions. Religion and the Arts in Global Asia, International Center for the Studies of Chinese Civilization (16 – 18 June 2014) Keynote Speakers: Sheila Blair, Fine Arts Department, Boston College; Adam Hardy, School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

Seminar Papers / Conference Presentations

  • Exploring digital architectural heritage in Brunei Darussalam: Towards heritage safeguarding, smart tourism, and interactive education, 2019 IEEE Fifth International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM), Singapore, 11-13 September 2019.
  • Between the Past and the Future. Curating and Safeguarding Cultural Identities, International Symposium Understanding the Creative Industry Ecologies in Brunei and Hong Kong, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 25-26 April 2019.
  • Unity in Diversity. The Confluence of Styles and the Expression of Cultural Identity in Mosque Architecture in Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia-Brunei Forum 2018, Knowledge and Social Innovation: Past, Present and Future, University of Malaya, 7-8 November 2018.
  • Asia in European in European Visual Culture (1500-1773), Institute of Asian Studies Seminar Series, UBD, 31 October 2018.
  • Artistic Eclecticism in Mughal Miniature Painting (1526-1707), Keynote Speaker at the Asia Society-Orientations Art Lecture Series, Asia Society, Hong Kong, 3 October 2018.
  • Persistence of memory. The role of contemporary artistic practice to the safeguarding and transmission of traditional arts and crafts, International Conference Art, Materiality and Representation, Clore Centre, British Museum, 1-3 June 2018.
  • A New Pathway for Sustainable Development. The Value of Museums in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in Borneo, International Conference Tourism and Heritage: The ASEAN & Borneo Context, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 16 January 2018.
  • Utopia and cultural hegemonies. A global perspective on the artistic dialogue between Europe and Asia in the Early Modern era, International Congress of Art History Universitas del Mediterráneo al Pacífico, at the Real Academia de España en Roma, 20 – 23 September 2017.
  • Flora and fauna imagery in Dayak Ngaju material culture: tracing indigenous and non-native iconography in Central Kalimantan, Brunei Nature Society Lecture Series, 12 March 2017.
  • Threats and strategies to the conservation of material culture and indigenous identity in North Borneo, International Seminar on the heritage and the folklore in the Malay Archipelago, organized by Borneo Heritage Research Unit, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 27 – 28 October 2016.
  • [Mis]understanding Religion: Islam ain the making of narratives and aesthetics of contemporary ‘Islamic’ art in the era of globalization, International Forum on Contemporary Islamic Art, Design & Architecture. ‘Where and how does the North meet the East’, jointly organized by NTU, School of Art, Design & Media; University of North Texas; and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, 7 – 9 October 2015.
  • The transience of things in the religious arts of Asia, International Conference Spiritual and Artistic Interactions. Religion and the Arts in Global Asia, organized by Rui Oliveira Lopes and Shaoxin Dong for the International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, 16 –18 June 2015.
  • Biblical narratives and images of the Word: The uses of Christian imagery in Asia between 16th and 18th centuries, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, 14 May 2014.
  • Past, Present and Future. The pathways of Chinese Studies in Portugal, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, 13 March 2014.
  • The reproducibility of art in the context of the Jesuit missions in China. Artistic mutual understanding in the dialogue between Europe and China (1601–1666), International Workshop Interactions in Art between Asia and Europe in Early Modern Period, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 16 – 17 December 2013.
  • Asian Collections in Portuguese Museums, Southern Branch Department, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 13 December 2013.
  • Cultural and Artistic Encounters in Mughal Indian Miniature Painting, Southern Branch Department, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 13 December 2013.
  • Art and Transculturality in Modern Age Japan. Namban Art in a Global Perspective, Southern Branch Department, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 11 December 2013.
  • The artistic confluence of the Catholic missions at the High Qing Court, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, National Tsing-hua University, Taiwan, 10 December 2013.
  • Meeting another China. Folk art and popular culture in the Orient Museum, International Conference Global Goes Local: Visualising Regional Cultures in the Arts of Greater China (Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University), 27–29 June 2013.
  • Western art in the Eastern court. The paradigmatic dialogue of art and religion in the Late Ming and Early Qing dynasties, International Conference Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), 3rd, 4th and 5th April 2013.
  • Rarities in the collections of Chinese art in Portugal. Jades and Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China. International Symposium on Chinese Cultural Heritage in Portugal, (Macau Scientific and Cultural Research Centre), 21st, 22nd and 23th January 2013.
  • The visual narratives of Hamza ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib and the influence of Islamic miniature painting in Mughal India, Research Forum in Islamic Contexts, 17th and 18th January 2013.
  • East and West. Analogy and mediation in Art, International Conference Analogy and Mediation. Transversality in Art, Philosophy and Science Research (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), 12th December 2012.
  • Rethinking Postcolonialism. Museums as place for Intercultural Dialogue, Association of Art Historians Conference 2012 (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK), March 30, 2012.
  • Functions and Meanings of the Jades and Bronzes in Ancient China, (Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre, Lisbon), March 8, 2012.
  • Integrating the Heavens and Humanity. Shen Zhou’s Poet in a Mountaintop, International Forum of Sinology, (ISCAP, Porto), March 2, 2012.
  • The Devadasis of Lakshmi and the Sisters of Sita. Artistic creation of the Women of India as preservation of the Order and the Bhakti, Conference ‘Art and Genre - Women and artistic creation’ (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), February 17, 2012.
  • The cult of objects in China. From the cultural relics to the pedagogical actions of Museums’ permanent education, II Abrantes International Conference (António Botto Library) October 21, 2011.
  • Painting as portrait of literati life in Ming China, International Colloquium of Imagery (Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) October 20, 2011.
  • From artistic sophistication to technical virtuosity. The symbolic patterns and bronze casting techniques in Ancient China, Seminar about Conservation and analysis techniques for the study and safeguarding of metal heritage (Centre of Atomic Physics, University of Lisbon) March 30, 2011.
  • Ibadat-Khana: debates and syncretism in Mughal India, Seminar MA in Portuguese Discoveries (Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) February 22, 2011.
  • From symbolic gestures to translation of meanings: The confluence of Christian art in China between the 7th and 14th centuries. From Silk Road to Container Ship: artefacts, environment and cultural transfer, Joint meeting and symposium of DEMHIST / ICDAD / IFCA / GLASS (ICOM General Meeting, Shanghai World Expo Site) November 9, 2010.
  • Hidden Treasures and sacred meanings: Tomb objects in Bronze Age China. Abrantes International Conference (António Botto Library) October 28, 2010.
  • Images of terror and the construction of Morality. Art & Society Conference (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) October 27, 2010.
  • Biblical Narratives and Images of the Word: The Uses of Christian Imagery in Asia between 16th and 18th Centuries, SBL/EABS 2010 International Meeting, (Tartu, Estonia) July 27, 2010.
  • European art and Imperial identity in Mughal India. Seminar about Identity imagery - Frontiers and Utopias (Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) July 14, 2010.
  • Reflections of Sovereign power: various observations on the painting volume entitled “Entertainments of Emperor Yongzheng”. East / West. Miscegenation (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal) February 10, 2010.
  • Chinese Landscape painting in Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasty. Museu do Oriente (Lisbon, Portugal) November 20, 2009.
  • The idea of Nature in Chinese culture. From landscape painting to gardens architecture. Art and Nature Colloquy (Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon, Portugal) October 14, 2009.
  • Body Language and Narrative on Renaissance Painting in Portugal. Tate Liverpool Research Forum Corporealities: Art, Transgression and the Body (Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom) March 2, 2007.

Visiting Scholar Programmes

  • International Center for the Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University (February to August 2014)
  • National Palace Museum, Taipei (October 2009)
  • Historical Archives of Goa, Panaji, Goa India (February 2009)
  • Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco, CA USA (April 2008)

Awards, Honours and Achievements

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology), Ministry of Education and Science, Portugal (2011–2015)
  • Visiting Fellow at the International Center for the Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, Shanghai (February to August 2014)
  • PhD Fellowship funded by Fundação Oriente (Orient Foundation) (2007–2010)

Referee for International Journals

  • Journal of South Asian Studies (ESCI Journals Publishing)
  • Orientations Magazine (Hong Kong)
  • World Art (Routledge)

Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor of Art and Design History at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam | May 2015 - Present

  • Programme Coordinator for Art and Creative Technology / Design and Creative Industries Programmes (2016-2017/2017-2018)
  • Teaching Art and Design History, Cultural and Creative Industries and Curatorship and Event Management.

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon | January 2012 – May 2015

  • Research project focused on global art history, the visual aspects of the sacred narratives in the arts of the Asian civilizations, the artistic and cultural interactions within Asia and between Asia and Europe, the museum as a place for intercultural dialogue, and the role of western museums in promoting and protecting Asian (in)tangible cultural heritage.
  • Lecturer of Asian Art and Museology (BA in Painting; BA in Art History and Heritage Studies; MA in Museology and Museography; PhD in History of Art)

Museum Experience (Curatorship / Research Consultancy)

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (Art Gallery / Brunei Museum / Maritime Museum / Malay Technology Museum) | 2016 – 2017

  • Curator for the exhibition Kraf. Negotiating traditional culture and contemporary artistic practice (Royal Wharf Gallery, 18 May 2017 – 18 August 2017)
  • Museum collection research on Borneo material culture (August 2016 – December 2017)

Orient Museum, Lisbon | 2007 – 2015

  • Museum collection research focusing on the mythological narratives in the arts of Asian Civilizations (Jan 2012 – May 2015)
  • Assistant Curator and Art history consultant for the exhibition Chinese propaganda posters. Art in the service of politics in display at the Orient Museum (January to September 2013)
  • Art history consultant and author of several entries for the permanent collection exhibition catalogue (2007 – 2008).

Iberian Museum of Archaeology and Art | 2009 – 2014

  • Art History consultant for Asian Art and Archaeological collection, both Chinese and Indian, in particular Chinese bronze ritual vessels (Shang, Zhou and Western Han Dynasties), Neolithic jades (Hongshan Culture) and indo-Portuguese ivory.
  • Member of the exhibition committee for the following exhibitions: Antevisão do Museu Ibérico de Arqueologia e Arte - Antevisão I (2009); Antevisão do Museu Ibérico de Arqueologia e Arte - Antevisão II (14 June – 31 October 2010); Antevisão do Museu Ibérico de Arqueologia e Arte - Antevisão IV (14 July – 31 October 2012)

Museum With No Frontiers | 2006 – 2009

  • Assistant Curator and Researcher for the project Discover Baroque Art permanent collection of the Virtual Museum and temporary exhibition about ‘Travels and Exotic’.
  • Assistant director and coordination of Museum With No Frontiers – Portugal for the project Discover Baroque Art.