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Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity: Theory and practice of Sociomuseology (2018-2024)

The topic of the present research is part of the School of Thought recognised as Sociomuseology within the scope of Social Sciences and its area of application is museological practices that are inclusive dialogical and geared towards human development (De Varine H. 2005). This Sociomuseology has its roots in Paulo Freire methodology particularly in its dialogical and inclusive dimensions and has given important contributions to the widening of the notions of museum and heritage to the distinction between public and users to the respect for cultural diversity and gender equality and to the role and social responsibility of Museums. This new conception of museums has been explicitly recognised by UNESCO in the recent Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections of their Diversity and their Role in Society (Nov. 2015).

Bearing in mind that Sociomuseology is a school of thought still under construction the main goal of the research will be to contribute to clarifying its concepts aiming to consequently further its theoretical depth. This research project to be implemented in an integrated way with the UNESCO Chair will be based on a dialogical relation with museums and museological processes recognised and acting in the field of Sociomuseology. The project will be carried out based on the existing partnerships of the Department of Museology and on the network created within the scope of the UNESCO Chair which will inevitably be expanded in due course.

Judite Santos Primo – Concurso Estímulo ao Emprego Científico – Individual – Investigadora principal (FCT – CEECIND/04717/2017)