Miguel Mesquita Duarte holds a PhD in Contemporary Art History and is a Scientific Committee and Research Group Member of the Institute of Art History, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (IHA/FCSH/NOVA). Duarte's research focuses on the operative role of visual archives in art and art history and on the status of documentary cinema as an alternative way of writing the history of traumatic events. Making use of a multi-disciplinary approach that intersects the fields of art history, philosophy of time, psychoanalysis, and cinema studies, his work addresses the screening of memory, the intersection of collective and personal history, the understanding of archival practices as expanded filmic devices, and the migration of images on a global scale. He is the author of the book Imagem de Arquivo e Tempo Mnemotécnico. Covilhã: LabCom.IFP Books, 2018. He has been publishing regularly since 2014 in international scientific journals with referees and with indexation in SCOPUS, Web of Science and ERIH Plus. His articles feature in key international journals of the area of specialization, such as Photographies, Studies in Documentary Film, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Philosophy of Photography, RIHA Journal, Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image, and Doc On-Line: Digital Magazine On Documentary Cinema. Duarte delivered several conference papers in Film Studies, Photography and Art History at national and international conferences and has lectured on Photography in the MA course of Art History at FCSH/NOVA. He took part in editorial boards of international scientific journals and has participated in organising scientific events as a member of IHA/FCSH/NOVA and in collaboration with other R&D Units. Duarte also develops research-based practices in video and photography, presenting his work in specialized journals (Photographies, 2022; [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, 2019; 2021) and international group exhibitions (award-winning finalist in PhotoEspaña Discovery Award, 2011-2012, and Encontros da Imagem de Braga, 2015).

Personal identification

Full name
Miguel Mesquita Duarte

Citation names

  • Duarte, Miguel Mesquita
  • Mesquita Duarte, Miguel

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Scopus Author Id

Email addresses

  • mduarte@fcsh.unl.pt (Professional)


  • Institute of Art History, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Avenida de Berna, 26 C, 1069-061 , Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal (Professional)


Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1)
French Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
PhD in Contemporary Art History (Doutoramento)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
"Archival Image and Mnemonic Time: For an 'Archiviology' Project in Art History." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
unanimously approved with the classification of Ve
Masters in Artistic Studies and Image Design / Mestrado em Estudos Artísticos e Design da Imagem (Mestrado)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
"Duplos e Virtuais. A Especularidade da Imagem Fotográfica. " (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Multimedia: Specialization in Photography. (Licenciatura)
Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Portugal


Host institution
2016/07/01 - Current Scientific Committee and Research Group Member Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal


Designation Funders
2011/11/15 - 2015/11/15 O Tempo Fotográfico e as Narrativas da Imagem: Relações entre o Fotográfico e as Novas Estratégias de Narração na Arte Contemporânea
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Designation Funders
2019/01/01 - 2019/12/31 Instituto de História da Arte
2015/01/01 - 2017/12/31 Instituto de História da Arte
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal


  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. Imagem (de) Arquivo e Tempo Mnemotécnico / Archival Image and Mnemotechnic Time. Covilhã, Portugal: LabCom.IFP Books. 2018.
Book chapter
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Rethinking the (Post)Photographic: Writing, Photography, and Cinema". In Fotogramas: Ensaios sobre Fotografia, 37-51. Sistema Solar: Documenta, 2016.
  2. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Cinema and Art: When the Erotic Bores Us. Body, Sex, and Desire in the Experimental Cinema of Andy Warhol and Julião Sarmento". In Avanca. Cinema 2014, 28-37. Portugal: Edições Cine-Clube de Avanca, 2014.
Book review
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "John Dewey: Art As Experience". Review of Art as Experience 12, 1 (2017): http://dx.doi.org/10.19177/rcc.v12e12017161-169.
  2. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Jean-Luc Godard: A Filmmaker Historian". 3, 1 (2016): http://aim.org.pt/ojs/index.php/revista/article/view/199/pdf.
    Published • 10.14591/aniki.v3n1.199
Conference poster
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "O Atlas de Gerhard Richter e a Transmissão da Memória Traumática: Entre Arquivo, Fotografia e Abstracção". Paper presented in Memória e Identidade Sob Condição Mediática III (LabCom.IFP - UBI), 2018.
  2. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "O ‘Atlas’ de Gerhard Richter e o trabalho de figuração mnemónica: fotografia, abstracção, erro". Paper presented in Fotografia e Erro (Portuguese Institute of Photography and IHA/NOVA), 2017.
  3. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Collection of Photographs in Gerhard Richter’s Atlas: Between Archive. Autobiographical Memory, and Historical Construction". Paper presented in Encounters With Photography II (Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto), 2017.
  4. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Body, Sex and Desire in the Experimental Cinema of Andy Warhol and Julião Sarmento". Paper presented in International Conference on Cinema, Art, Technology and Comunication (Avanca Cinema), 2014.
  5. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "The Regenerative Cinematic Surface: Contractions, Expansions and Migrations in The Aleph and Sans Soleil". Paper presented in International Lisbon Conference on Philosophy and Film. Thinking Reality and Time through Film (Centre of Philosophy of Universidade de Lisboa), 2014.
  6. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Image and Memory. The Aesthetics of the Interval in Shuji Terayama and Shuntaro Tanikawa". Paper presented in The Post-Photographic (ICNOVA and IHA/NOVA), 2012.
Journal article
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Jean-Luc Godard and Walter Benjamin: metahistory, dialectical images and worldly theology". French Screen Studies (2023): 1-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/26438941.2022.2151195.
    Published • 10.1080/26438941.2022.2151195
  2. MIGUEL MESQUITA DUARTE. "Album: a visual essay on photography, loss and the poetics of time as return". photographies 15 3 (2022): 332-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2022.2096677.
  3. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Dialectical Thinking. Truth, Imagination and the Politics of Historical Memory: Godard, Benjamin and Warburg". Quarterly Review of Film and Video 39 6 (2021): 1235-1261. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509208.2021.2010479.
    Published • 10.1080/10509208.2021.2010479
  4. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Grammatology of the Nymph: Godard and Warburg". Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies 8 1 (2021): https://mediacommons.org/intransition/grammatology-nymph-godard-and-warburg.
  5. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Photography and Writing, or the Intimacy of the Image: A Dialogic Encounter between Barthes’s Camera Lucida and Blanchot’s Philosophy of Otherness". Photographies 12 3 (2019): 283-301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2019.1627392.
    Published • 10.1080/17540763.2019.1627392
  6. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "The Birds After Hitchcock. Beyond the Movement of Cinema". [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies 5 4 (2019): http://mediacommons.org/intransition/birds-after-hitchcock.
    Open access • Published
  7. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "(Dis)Figuration of Memory In, Around, and Beyond Gerhard Richter's Atlas". RIHA Journal: International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (2018): https://www.riha-journal.org/articles/2018/0200-mesquita-duarte.
    Open access • Published
  8. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita; Marques, Bruno. "Reinventing the body on the photographic stage: Theatricality, identity, and figural writing in the work of Helena Almeida". Philosophy of Photography 9 1 (2018): 71-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/pop.9.1.71_1.
    Published • 10.1386/pop.9.1.71_1
  9. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Reading history through film: cinema, memory, and the persistence of time in Heddy Honigmann's Forever (2006)". Studies in Documentary Film 12 1 (2017): 56-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2017.1420415.
    Published • 10.1080/17503280.2017.1420415
  10. Mesquita Duarte, Miguel. "The (Un)representable in History: Cinema and the Holocaust Archives / O (ir)representável da História: o cinema e o arquivo do Holocausto". DOC On-Line - Digital Magazine On Documentary Cinema 22 (2017): 216-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.20287/doc.d22.ar1.
    Published • 10.20287/doc.d22.ar1
  11. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Reading Georges Didi-Huberman’s Devant Le Temps: History, Memory and Montage". Studies in Visual Arts and Communication: an international journal 4 1 (2017): http://journalonarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SVACij_Vol4_No1-2017-Miguel-Mesquita-Duarte_Reading-Georges-Didi-Hubermans.pdf.
  12. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Genre and voyeurism dismantled". Quintana: revista del Departamento de História del Arte 15 (2016): 183-201. http://www.usc.es/revistas/index.php/quintana/article/view/3086.
    Open access • Published
  13. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita; Marques, Bruno. "On a 1947 Rediscovery: Archive, memory and self-inscription in the work of Julião Sarmento". Photographies 9 3 (2016): 251-273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17540763.2016.1202310.
    Published • 10.1080/17540763.2016.1202310
  14. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita; Marques, Bruno. "Narrative Imageries and (Anti)Expanded Cinema in Julião Sarmento / Narrativas da Imagem e (Anti)Expanded Cinema em Julião Sarmento". Aniki : Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image 2 1 (2014): http://dx.doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v2n1.103.
    Open access • Published • 10.14591/aniki.v2n1.103
  15. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Testimony, Instant, and Memory in Video Letter / O Testemunho, o Instante e a Memória. Espaços de corte e de interrupção em Video Letter (1982), de Shuji Terayama e Shuntaro Tanikawa". Aniki : Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image 1 2 (2014): http://dx.doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v1n2.17.
    Open access • Published • 10.14591/aniki.v1n2.17
  16. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "The Regenerative Cinematic Surface: Contractions, Expansions and Migrations in Jorge Luis Borges’ The Aleph and Marker’s Sans Soleil". Studies in Visual Arts and Communication: an international journal 1 2 (2014): http://journalonarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SVACij-Vol1_No2_2014-DUARTE_Miguel-The-Regenerative-Cinematic-Surface.pdf.
    Open access • Published
Journal issue
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Times and Movements of the Image (Co-Editor)". Revista de História da Arte - Série W 09 (2020):
    In press • Coeditor
  2. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. "Sex and Censorship in Art (Co-Editor)". Revista de História da Arte 15 (2020):
    In press • Coeditor

Artistic / Performance

Visual artwork
  1. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. From Reality to Desire. Discovery Award: PHE Brugal Extra Viejo 2010-2011. Madrid, Spain.
  2. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. Encontros da Imagem. Power and Illusion, 2015. Braga, Portugal.
  3. Duarte, Miguel Mesquita. Prémio Jovens Criadores 2009. Évora, Portugal.

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2016/07/19 - 2016/07/19 Francofonia. A Film by Aleksandre Sokurov – Special Session. Film screening followed by presentation and debate with Professor Margarida Acciaiuoli, Professor João Mário Grilo and Professor Manuel Villaverde Cabral (in partnership with Leopardo Films). (2016/07/19 - 2016/07/19)
Round table (Co-organisor)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2018 - Current IHA, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa: Scientific Committee Member
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2018/11/15 - 2018/11/16 Times and Movements of the Image International Conference FCSH/NOVA and ESAD

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2012/03/29 - 2012/03/29 Masters Seminar Lecture: "Photography and Surrealism: The World Transformed Into Representation". Photography and Realism in the 1920's and 1930's (Mestrado) Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de História da Arte, Portugal

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2018 - 2020 Revista de História da Arte - Série W (2182-3294) Instituto de História da Arte
2018 - 2020 Revista de História da Arte (1646 -1762) Instituto de História da Arte
2019/11 - 2019/12 Rethinking the Past: Memory / Archive / Document - Arts and Architecture
2018/08/27 - 2018/09/03 Bulletin of Spanish Studies (1475-3820) Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
2017/07/04 - 2017/07/31 Comunicação pública (2183-2269) School of Communication and Media Studies
2017/05/05 - 2017/05/28 Studies in Documentary Film (1750-3299) Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
2017 - 2017 Aniki. Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image 4.1 (2183-1750) AIM - Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento


2015 International Photography Festival 2015 - Power and Illusion
2011 Photo España: Discoveries. From Reality to Desire.
2009 Young Creators Award / Prémio Jovens Criadores

Other distinction

2011 PhD Fellowship SFRH/BD/68767/2010
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal