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Sociomuseology Cultural Accessibility, Postgraduate Study Group


The study group Sociomuseology and Cultural Accessibility is a collective of researchers from the UNESCO Chair “Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity” that has the support of the Department of Museology of the Lusófona University and CeiED – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. and Development and the FCT Project – Foundation for Science and Technology CEECIND/04717/2017. The Study Group includes researchers from the UNESCO Chair, CeiED and the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Museology at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technology in Lisbon. The group’s initiative seeks to exchange knowledge and good practices in the Ibero-American context, namely between Brazil and Portugal.

The meetings propose a reflective and dialogic discussion about universal accessibility and inclusion within the scope of Museology, especially from the perspective of Sociomuseology. To this end, meetings open to external participation are proposed, with the aim of raising awareness of researchers and other professionals, in order to promote knowledge and approach to different audiences.

These actions will seek to learn about good practices from different cultural environments at the national and international level, through reference documents, case studies and discussions and lectures with guests who can contribute to the theoretical framework of this group.

It is also understood as an objective of the group the collaboration with its theoretical and practical expertise and with its discussions, within the scope of activities related to the Chair, namely to the study groups, regarding the Department of Museology of the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies.

The actions involved here will take the form of support regarding the use of accessibility resources and actions to raise awareness of issues related to diversity.

Taking into account the barriers commonly encountered by people with disabilities in society, it is intended to raise the agenda of the discussion by expanding the dialogue about ableism and the different forms of exclusion. Since attitudinal accessibility is the main agenda listed by people with disabilities, as the most important form of inclusion, it is understood the role of this group in collaborating with the social movement of people with disabilities to minimize attitudes and actions rooted in structural ableism. From this point of view, the other dimensions of accessibility and their potential within museums and other museological and museographic initiatives will be addressed.

The meetings take place fortnightly and will be promoted through meetings for discussion of texts, case presentations and Conversation Circles (according to Freire’s terminology) conducted by guest professors, people with disabilities and reference professionals for the agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Adopted by the Study Group:

  • Goal 4- Quality Education
  • Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4)
  • Goal 10- Reduce inequalities
  • Reduce inequality within and between countries (SDG 10)


  •  To put on the agenda the discussion about ableism within the scope of Sociomuseology, together with the UNESCO Chair “Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity” and the Department of Museology at ULHT.
  •  Reflect on the role of museums and museological and museographic initiatives in raising awareness against ableism and the barriers encountered by different audiences.
  •  Foster actions and dialogues in the scope of accessibility, inclusion and equity for different audiences in interface with Sociomuseology.
  •  Produce academic material (reviews, interviews and articles).
  •  Develop inclusive materials on the topic to raise awareness of the agenda for non-academic audiences;
  •  Assist in the production of materials with accessibility resources for the Chair and the Department of Museology at ULHT, providing guidance and consultancy for support.
  •  Organize a public database of providers of accessibility features and services
  •  Promote seminars, awareness-raising and training courses for external audiences
  •  Ensuring the protagonism of people with disabilities in the events promoted by the group
  • Seek partnerships with other groups, institutions, entities and researchers interested in the theme of the Sociomuseology and Cultural Accessibility study group.


Scientific Orientation: Chairholder Professor Judite Primo

Executive Coordination: Desiree Nobre & Roberta Goncalves

External collaborators/researchers

● Professor Jessica Norberto

● Professor Patrícia Dorneles


Currently, weekly meetings are held on Mondays at 8 pm (Lisbon). After the construction of the cover letter, the meetings will be held fortnightly, maintaining the same schedule.


Email: somus.acessibilidade@gmail.com

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