Integrated Doctorate Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for History, Cultures, and Societies of the University of Évora (CIDEHUS U. Évora), 2019. Postdoctoral researcher in Social Changes (CIDEHUS U. Évora), 2019. Ph.D. in Contemporary Studies by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research - University of Coimbra, 2019. Master in Community Psychosociology and Social Ecology from the EICOS Program - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2014. Graduate in Social Work from Federal Fluminense University, 1987. Specialist in Scientific Research Methodology from Federal Fluminense University, 1992. Over her 20 years practice as a social worker, Vera coordinated cultural and pedagogical projects and working with homeless children and indigenous population in the Cultural Foundation of Rio Branco / Acre; Collaborated in the development of distance learning projects at the University of Brasília / DF; Implemented and coordinated a pedagogical and cultural project with children and adolescents living in shelter in Salvador / BA; Led the Human Resources Sector of the Psychiatric Hospital Juliano Moreira - Salvador / Bahia; Acted the professor and supervisor of the internship course of the Catholic University of Salvador / BA’s School of Social Service; Supervised interns from the Social Service school of Federal Fluminense University; Worked as a Social Service supervisor in Niteroi’s Family Doctor Program - Municipal Health Department, Niteroi/ RJ, in parallel to coordinating the Committee for protection of Children and Adolescents within the same institution. Currently, she works in Modern and Contemporary History, Social Work and Psychosociology, with emphasis on Material Culture, Feminism, Colonialism, and Post-colonialism. Vera’s extensive academic and field training is a strong foundation for scientific activity and production developed in the past five years. The most recent peer-reviewed publications are based on the dialogue between historiography, history, sociology, and anthropology, structured on Postcolonial and Feminist Studies and Latin American Decolonial Reflection, aiming to address issues such as the analysis of cultural identities construction from an ethnographic point-of-view, criticism to the production of scientific knowledge and non-extractive methodological strategies; women’s invisibility and subalternity as an opposition to protagonism and reexistence; the relevance of Paulo Freire’s thinking as a strategy of anti-imperialist resistence. Presenting scientific papers in international Journals favored the internationalization of Vera’s doctoral research, all the while fomenting the development of a new perspective of analysis and the role of the researcher in scientific research, culminating in her most recent works: "No epistemic extraction: challenges to critical scientific research". Antropolitica Contemporary Journal of Anthropology, 44 (1), pp. 229-255, 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22409/antropolitica2018.0i44.a477. "Coloniality and everyday practices in Minas Gerais - Brazil". Journal of Psychosocial Research and Practice, 12 (1), pp. 86-102, 2017. "Modernity, decoloniality and popular education: perspectives on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Hope". Ibero-American Journal of Education Studies, 11 (1), pp. 81-94, 2016. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21723/riaee. “The struggle has no end”: an experience of social movement and popular education in Brazil between 1985 and 1987. Millars: Revista Espai i Història, (XLI), pp. 129-155, 2016. "Women and crafts: a" woman crafts "in the village of Bichinho / Prados-MG". Artemis Journal, 17 (1), 141-152, 2014.

Personal identification

Full name
Vera Lúcia Ermida Barbosa

Citation names

  • Barbosa, Vera Lúcia Ermida

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • vermida@uevora.pt (Professional)


  • Rua dos Mercadores, 83, 7000530, Évora, Évora, Portugal (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - History and Archaeology
  • Social Sciences - Psychology
  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Anthropology


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1)
English Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Degree Classification
2019/09 - 2022/09
Research Group Societal Changes (Pós-doutoramento)
Major in Contemporary History; Sociology
Universidade de Évora Centro Interdisciplinar de História Culturas e Sociedades, Portugal
2014/09/15 - 2019/05/24
Contemporary Studies (Doutoramento)
Major in History of Culture; Post-Colonial Studies; Feminist Studies; Decolonial Studies; Social Anthropology
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
"From village of Bichinho to Vitoriano Veloso: the artisanal confection of the identity narratives of a village in Minas Gerais in Brazil" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2012/03/05 - 2014/03/24
Community Psychosociology and Social Ecology (Mestrado)
Major in Social Psychology; Anthropology; Sociology
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Women and crafts: artisans from the village of Bichinho / Prados-MG" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
1983/08/08 - 1987/08/06
Social Worker - Social Work - Diploma recognized by ISCTE IUL - Registration nº. 220200002574 - January 13, 2020 (Licenciatura)
Major in Public Policy; Management; Social Intervention
Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
""The struggle has no end": an experience in popular education" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)

Teaching in Higher Education

2019/11/05 - 2019/11/07 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher)
Universidade de Évora, Portugal
1993/03/01 - 1999/02/28 Assistente Convidado (University Teacher)
Catholic University of Salvador - Bahia, Brazil

Positions / Appointments

2019/09/01 - Current Integrated Doctorate Member
Universidade de Évora, Portugal
2000/01/02 - 2014/11/30 Social Work Supervisor
Prefeitura Municipal de Niterói/Associação de Moradores do Viradouro, Brazil
2000/01/02 - 2014/11/30 Curricular stage Supervisor
Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
1993/03 - 1999/02 Head of Social Service Sector
Fraternal Aid Organization, Brazil
1988/06/01 - 1992/02/28 Coordinator of social intervention projects
Governo do Estado do Acre, Brazil
1989/01/02 - 1989/12/29 Collaborator of the Distance Literacy Project
Universidade de Brasília, Brazil


Journal article
  1. Barbosa, Vera Lúcia Ermida. 2018. "Epistemic “no extraction”: challenges to critical scientific research". Antropolítica: Contemporary Anthropology Journal (44): 229-255. http://www.revistas.uff.br/index.php/antropolitica/article/view/477 .
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.22409/antropolitica2018.0i44.a477
  2. Barbosa, Vera Lucia Ermida; D'Ávila, Maria Inácia. 2017. "Coloniality and everyday practices in Minas Gerais - Brazil". Psychosocial Research and Practice Journal 12 (1): 86-112. http://www.seer.ufsj.edu.br/index.php/revista_ppp/article/view/1921.
    Open access • Published
  3. Barbosa, Vera Lucia Ermida. 2016. "Modernity, decoloniality and popular education: perspectives on Paulo Freire's pedagogy of hope". Ibero American Journal of Education Studies 11 (1): 81-94. http://seer.fclar.unesp.br/iberoamericana/article/view/8090.
    Open access • Published
  4. Barbosa, Vera Lucia Ermida; Helia Roly Cunha. 2016. "“The struggle has no end”: An experience of social movement and popular education in Brazil between 1985 and 1987". MILLARS. Espai i Història Journal (2): 129-155. http://www.e-revistes.uji.es/index.php/millars/article/view/3239.
    Open access • Published
  5. Barbosa, Vera Lucia Ermida; D'Ávila, Maria Inácia. 2014. "Women and Crafts: A ‘female craft’ in the village of Bichinho / Prados-MG". Ártemis Journal 17 (1): 141-152. http://periodicos.ufpb.br/index.php/artemis/article/viewFile/18122/11137.
    Open access • Published • 10.15668/1807-8214/artemis.v17n1p141-152

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2019/09/14 "(In) humanity in Modernity: the effects of global racialization and its colonial roots" This communication set out to reflect critically on societal constructions in contemporary times based on social hierarchies that define the areas of “being” and “not being” and which are configured on the basis of the accumulation of structured capital in the dehumanized workforce. It relied on the interdisciplinary dialogical perspective as a source of analytical expansion, believing in contamination at its borders to build new models and hypotheses. ESPAnet Portugal Conference 2019. Conference - Social Policy in Portugal Post Crisis and Austerity.
Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, organized by ESPAnet Portugal and Institute de Sociology of the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2019/07/24 "Modernity / Coloniality: erased and resistent voices in Minas Gerais". This oral presentation was supported by the doctoral research (2014-2018) entitled: "From village of Bichinho to Vitoriano Veloso: the artisanal confection of the identity narratives of a village in Minas Gerais in Brazil". It sought to reflect on the reconstruction and restitution of silenced stories, having the subordinate knowledge as the locus of enunciation to identify the cracks between the colonial and decolonial discourses from which identities emerge. MLA International Symposium Remembering Voices Lost
Catholic University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/06/05 "No epistemic extraction: ethnography as an anti-colonial strategy". He reflected on the challenges of carrying out scientific research and producing knowledge from an anti-colonial perspective with ethnography as a strategy. He considered that extraction, a characteristic of societies formed in the logic of imperialism, capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy, extends to knowledge and modern science. Thus, he considered that the alternative to epistemic extraction is reciprocity in the relationships established between the researcher and the subject APA - VII Portuguese Association of Anthropology Congress
FCSH - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
2018/07 "The historical invisibility of the resistance of women in Minas Gerais". The communication reflected on the trajectory of women in Minas Gerais and on the imaginary of submission and passivity that marked their presence in the history of Brazil. It addressed the determinants of the Eurocentric and patriarchal context at the heart of the great absence of women, not only in Minas Gerais historiography. It showed how they opposed the strength of their resistance and persistent ability to define new roles, in an attitude of daily resistance. XXXVI International Congress of LASA
Latin American Studies Association (Barcelona, Spain)
2018/01/10 "The Nossa Senhora da Penha de França party's: colonialism and decoloniality in the daily life of a village in Minas Gerais". Based on the ethnographic research developed at the doctorate, the author reflected on the externalization of devotion at the religious party. Transiting between the sacred and the profane, it presents popular catholicism, marked by the precariousness of evangelization and devotional and protective hypertrophy, as colonial religiosity not in a passive way, merely receptive and reproductive of the European model. Penser les commémorations comme des espaces de pratiques ritualisées au croisement d’une approche historique et anthropologique
IMAF - Institut des mondes africains (Paris, France)
2017/11/03 "Women: a history of resistance in Minas Gerais". The communication addressed the historical invisibility of real women under the stereotype of patriarchal construction, configuring themselves as modes of subalternation and of extinguishing the voice. Supported by sources and historiography about the colonial period, it reflected on the participation, in no way passive, of free women, slaves or women in the organization of mining society and the resistance strategies used to live, achieve freedom and, eventually, economic growth. VI CONINTER - International Interdisciplinary Congress os Social and Humanities
Federal University of Paraiba (João Pessoa, Brazil)
2017/11/03 "Interdisciplinarity as a contribution to critical theory: subordinate subjects and epistemological protagonism". From the post-colonial critique, the communication reflected on the methodologies that privilege other voices, subjectivities and perspectives, mainly the theoretical and social proposals that start from the testimony and experience of marginality, subordination and subjugation and the new political subjects to propose a new discursive authority and cultural representation supported by interdisciplinarity. VI CONINTER - International Interdisciplinary Congress os Social and Humanities
Federal University of Paraiba (João Pessoa, Brazil)
2016/10/21 “And Dona Maria said so ...: sexuality in everyday discourse as an expression of subversion". The communication was based on fragments of a dialogue between the researcher and a group of women during the field research in 2015. She analyzed everyday life as a practice that subverts conceptual parameters that understand it as routines or regularities and emphasized the inherent character of disputes and ruptures.The dialogue showed an exercise of freedom and sexuality exercised in a patriarchal context. 2nd International Colloquium of Masters and PhD Students in Feminist Studies / Gender Studies / Studies on Women "We must all be feminists": Feminism occupies a place
CES/FLUC - Coimbra University (Coimbra, Portugal)
2016/05/24 "Unexpected hopes: Vitoriano Veloso, between the colonial and the decolonial". The presentation shows in perspective the importance of the research field and its historical and daily nuances, the epistemologies as foundations for reflection and the researcher as the very territory in which these dialogues between diverse and distinct realities, cultures, knowledge and people are established, translating into a praxis of humanity where hope is not just pure stubbornness, but an existential and historical imperative. I International PhD Research Exhibition at the University of Coimbra 2017
Coimbra University CEIS20 (Coimbra, Portugal)
2016/05/06 "The Decolonial perspective of Paulo Freire's thought". It analyzes Freirean thought as a pedagogical proposal in the 20th century in contrast to the domination processes inaugurated in Latin America after its ‘discovery’. It reaffirms the currentness of thought as an epistemological reference for the construction of a liberating praxis and its articulation with Decolonial Reflection to promote a dialogue that enables the dialogue between the educational / political / organizational proposals and the emancipation of the Eurocentric mirror. International Conference on Paulo Freire 2016
The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
2016/05/04 "Decolonial memories of the artisans of Vitoriano Veloso from Minas Gerais do Brasil". The communication analyzed the construction of local identities and subjectivities within popular culture in the Post-Colonial perspective from the Latin American perspective of colonial history in Minas Gerais. It relied on the residents' narrative and daily life to reflect on the meanings, beliefs, values and attitudes and to problematize about identity games, the tensions of power in the colonial relationship and the constitution of subordinate identities. XXXVIII International Congress of Americanistics
Università degli Studi di Perugia (Perugia, Italy)
2015/12/08 "Modernity, Decoloniality and Popular Education: perspectives on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of Hope". The communication addressed the necessary decolonization and the continuous democratic production of social existence supported by a pedagogical praxis that does not end with disciplinary action, but that is present and in a continuous way in the orientation of social practices. Reaffirming the relevance of Pedagogy of Hope as an epistemological reference for the construction of a liberating praxis through popular education. Colloque International D'Etudes Decolonialles Déplacements épistémologiques du pouvoir, de l'être et des savoirs
Université Lyon2 (Lyon, France)
2015/12/07 "Decolonial everyday practices in Minas Gerais-Brazil: female narratives of resistance and subversion". Supported by Latin American Cultural Studies, Latin American Descolonial Reflection and Michael de Certeau's theories, the presentation focused on the forms of resistance and subversion present in the daily lives of women in the village of Vitoriano Veloso / MG from oral history. Oral sources were part of the ethnographic study carried out during the author's master's and doctoral research. Colloque International D'Etudes Decolonialles Déplacements épistémologiques du pouvoir, de l'être et des savoirs
Université Lyon2 (Lyon, France)
2015/12/04 "The daily life of artisans in Minas Gerais do Brasil: tactics of decolonial resistance". With an emphasis on the ethnographic research carried out by the author in her master's degree, we sought to highlight important connections between artisanal manufacture and the possibility of articulating skills and competences to produce, create and manage one's own life to understand the identity constructions within popular cultures and the resistance tactics present in the arts and everyday activities in the decolonial scenario. ALAS - XXX Congress of the Latin American Sociology Association
University of Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica)
2015/06/18 "The daily life of artisans in Minas Gerais do Brasil: resistance tactics for women". Resulting from the ethnographic research developed in the master's degree, the presentation was based on the narrative to reflect on the work of the artisans and the artisan work in the face of the ambivalence of Western culture and its relationship with the identity constructions within popular cultures and the tactics of resistance present in arts and daily activities in the Brazilian scenario, where the artisan craft is historically built as a female activity II EDiSo International Symposium, Speeches and Societies in Motion
Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2015/03/21 "Colorful and Tinted Stories: material culture and cultural hybridism in Minas Gerais - Brazil". The present work reflected on material culture in the process of hybridization and its relationship with identity constructions within popular cultures. The reflections were based on the observation made in the village of Bichinho / Minas Gerais and on the elements of material culture with hybrid characteristics, the result of a recent history of insertion of the artisan craft in the place. V CES International Doctoral Students Colloquium: Emerging Powers, Continuities and Transformations
CES - University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2014/11/28 "Women artisans from Minas Gerais do Brasil: a female story". Based on the ethnography carried out with seven artisans throughout the master's research, the presentation sought to contribute to broaden reflections and shed light on the specificities surrounding this ‘female’ craft. He sought to do it from the perspective of the artisans themselves to understand them from the contemporary debate about the sexual division of labor, with the local material culture as a backdrop. V CEIS20 Young Researchers Meeting
CEIS20 - University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2014/05/09 "Women and Crafts: a female craft in the village of Bichinho / Prados-MG". The communication was based on the author's master's dissertation to reflect on artisanal making in the face of the ambivalence of Western culture and its historical construction as a female activity based on the experience lived by local artisans in a scenario that includes material and immaterial culture, work and gender. II Brazilian Meeting of Research in Culture - UFF 2014
Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niterói, Brazil)
2014/04/02 Conference on the theme: "Women and handicrafts: artisans from the village of Bichinho / Prados. MG". Presentation of the Master's dissertation to the class of the Postgraduate Course in Public Policy of the Social Service Course at Universidade Federal Fluminense at the invitation of the course coordinator. Postgraduate Colloquium of the Social Service Course
School of Social Service of Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niterói, Brazil)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2020/04/29 - 2020/04/30 Member of the Organization Committee and the Scientific Council of the 2nd International Colloquium “Thinking about celebrations as spaces for ritualized practices, at the intersection of a historical and anthropological approach”. A partnership between IMAF - Université Paris, CEIS 20 - Coimbra University, CRIA - Center for Research Network in Atropology and CIDEHUS Évora University. (2020/04/29 - 2020/04/30)
Conference (Member of the Scientific Committee)
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
2020/01/09 - 2020/01/09 "A conversation about the Bichinho's story". Dr. Vera Ermida invites the residents of Bichinho and all interested parties for a conversation about the history of the Bichinho and presentation of her thesis entitled "From village of Bichinho to Vitoriano Veloso: the handmade production of the identity narratives of a village in Minas Gerais in Brazil ", defended by the researcher at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. The meeting takes place at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Penha in Vitoriano Veloso - Minas Gerais. Brazil. (2020/01/09 - 2020/01/09)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
2016/05/24 - 2016/05/24 I International PhD Research Exhibition at the University of Coimbra 2016. The event proposed the exchange of knowledge based on the presentation of doctoral theses in progress. It stimulated dialogue as a transdisciplinary training practice in order to consolidate the need to conduct investigations that tend to overcome discursive barriers and the mere self-justifying legality of each scientific area. (2016/05/24 - 2016/05/24)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
CEIS20 - UC, Portugal

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2019/10/10 - 2019/10/11 Moderator in session Parallel Communications: PANEL 7 in the international interdisciplinary conference on Gender and Family Representations between the 20th century and today held at Évora, Colégio do Espírito Santo, from October 10 to 11, 2019 was organized by the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC-NOVA FCSH), a multidisciplinary Institute which is dedicated to the field of Contemporary History and, by CIDEHUS-UE, an Interdisciplinary Research Unit dedicated to History and Social Sciences.
Gender and Family representations from the Nineteenth Century to Present Time International Interdisciplinary Conference
Universidade de Évora Departamento de História, Portugal
2019/10/01 - 2019/10/02 III International Congress of Local History: Concept, Practices and Challenges in Contemporary Times 2019. With the objective of promoting interdisciplinary and comparative reflection through the debate around problems, approach, methodologies and research practices, it aims at valuing local history in contemporary historiography. Likewise, it maintains its purpose of contributing to a reflection around its concept, problematizing an issue that remains to be clarified in Portuguese historiography.
III International Congress of Local History: Concept, Practices and Challenges in Contemporary
Universidade de Évora Instituto de História Contemporânea, Portugal
2019/09/13 - 2019/09/14 ESPAnet Portugal Conference 2019, at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, organized by ESPAnet Portugal and Institute de Sociology of the University of Porto. Conference - Social Policy in Portugal Post Crisis and Austerity. Moderator in session Parallel Communications Session 5.A .: Thematic Section 6 - Inequalities, Vulnerabilities and Subhumanities.
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Letras, Portugal

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2019/11/09 - Current Psychosocial Research and Practice Journal (1809-8908) LAPIP/PPGPSI/UFSJ
2019/10/04 - Current Brazilian Journal of Latin American Studies (1676-6288) Cadernos PROLAM/USP Journal
2019/03/28 - Current Journal of the Laboratory of Teaching and Research in Anthropology and Archeology of the Federal University of Pelotas (18069118) LEPAARQ/UFPEL
2018/03/22 - Current Journal of Gender (23161108) UFF
2017/11/01 - Current Ártemis Journal - Gender, Feminism and Sexuality Studies (18078214) UFPB
2014/10/07 - 2014/10/31 Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies (LJCS) (2183-0886) Communication and Society Studies Center (CECS)