Fabrizio Macagno (Ph.D. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, 2008) works as a researcher and invited auxiliary professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His current research, between the fields of Linguistics and Philosophy of language, is focused on the persuasive use of emotive language and on the dialectical dimension of discourse implicitness, which he analyzes within the contexts of legal and political discourse. He is author of several papers on definition, informal fallacies, argumentation schemes, and dialogue theory published on major international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, Argumentation, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Informal Logic, and Pragmatics and Cognition. His most important publications include the books Argumentation Schemes (CUP 2008), Emotive language in argumentation (CUP 2014), and Interpreting straw man argumentation (Springer 2017). Fabrizio will lead the analysis of dialogue and argument (WP5), thanks to his expertise on discourse analysis and interpretation.
Chrysi Rapanta (Ph.D. Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland, 2011) works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Before that, she was Assistant Professor of Communication at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. Her current research focuses in the field of Philosophy of Education, especially in the study of implementation of philosophical tools, such as theory of argumentation, to educational contexts, such as teacher-students’ interactions. Her background is highly interdisciplinary, as shown by her versatile publications on topics ranging from business communications to the use of technologies, and from argumentative competence analysis to teacher training and education. She has published in top journals in the field of Education, such as the Review of Educational Research, the Journal of Philosophy of Education, and the British Journal of Educational Technologies. Chrysi will assist in all tasks, especially in the ones related to the Cultural Literacy Learning Programme (WP3) and the analysis of dialogue and argumentation (WP5).
Project Manager and Research Assistant
Beatriz Gil (Degree in Communication Sciences – Cinema and Cultural Studies, NOVA FCSH, 2016) works as a research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2017. Before that, she worked as a communication manager, being responsible for all the communication input and output and social media and social relations management of a company. Currently attending a Masters in Aesthetics and Artistic Studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, her interests are philosophy in the art, discourse understanding, literature, philosophy of education and argumentation studies. Beatriz Gil will assist mainly in administrative and communication tasks, especially in the ones related to project management (WP1), analysis and selection of cultural texts (WP2), the Cultural Literacy Learning Programme (WP3), analysis of dialogue and argumentation (WP5) and communications and dissemination (WP8).
Dilar Cascalheira (Degree in Clinical Psychology, 1996; Degree in Communication Sciences - Communication, Culture and Arts, NOVA FCSH, 2016), works as a research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, since 2017. Before that she worked as a clinical psychologist (psychotherapy and psychological assessment) for two Portuguese NGOs, two public schools in Lisbon, and also as a private practitioner in medical clinics, mainly with children and adolescents. Currently attending a Masters in Philosophy (Aesthetics) at NOVA FCSH, her thesis is on Cinema and Philosophy, and her main interests are: subjectivity, intersubjectivity, the relationship between ethics and art, philosophy of education and argumentation studies. Dilar Cascalheira will assist mainly in tasks related to analysis and selection of cultural texts (WP2), the Cultural Literacy Learning Programme (WP3), analysis of dialogue and argumentation (WP5) and communications and dissemination (WP8).
Susana Trovão (Ph.D. Universidade Nova, Lisboa, 1994) works as a full professor of Anthropology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The areas of expertise she currently lectures and investigates in comprise Migrations, Inter-ethnic Relations and Transnationalism. She has published on international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Culture & Psychology, Gender, Place & Culture, Social Identities, Journal of Women's Studies, and Journal of Family Issues. Her main publications include books such as Transnational Movements and Affiliations (2012), Migrant Family Dynamics and Civic Participation (2010), Different Children of Different Gods: Uses of Religion and Social Integration (2006), and From Mozambique to Portugal: Hinduism Reconstructed (2001).
Cláudia Gonçalves (Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology at Faculty of Psychology – Universidade de Lisboa, 2016) has worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2019. Before that she worked as a clinical psychologist (psychotherapy and psychological assessment) for two public schools in Lisbon, and in Human Resources, and was responsible for the recruitment and selection of potential candidates, asset management and integration of new collaborators. Her main research interest is related to the promotion of children’s socio-emotional skills through dialogue and argumentation. In DIALLS she will be mainly engaged in WP3 (data collection), WP5 (data analysis), and WP8 (dissemination).
Rita Morais (Master’s degree in social and Organizational Psychology, ISCTE-IUL, 2011) has worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2020). She is also finishing a Pd.D. in Psychology at ISCTE-IUL. Before that she worked as a research assistant in several research projects within Psychology (thematic areas such as health, social identity, immigration and environment issues). Her current research focuses in the field of Social and Health Psychology namely related to gender awareness in health and psychosocial and cultural processes involved in illness and health issues. Rita will assist DIALLS in several tasks, mainly she will be engaged in sustaining and widening impact (WP4), dialogue and argumentation analysis (WP5) and scale for progression for cultural literacy (WP7).
João Rui Pereira
João Rui Pereira holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Coimbra, where he also obtained his MA in Philosophy with a dissertation on argumentation theories, namely on Chaim Perelman’s new rhetoric project. He is a PhD student in Philosophy at the NOVA University of Lisbon. Besides his interest in argumentation studies, he is also interested in the philosophy of technology, a field in which he aims to pursue his PhD. Previously, he had worked as a research assistant (in a project focused on the discourse analysis of environmental discourse and more recently in a project in health communication) and also as Research and Office Manager in R&D units. For DIALLS, he will assist mainly in the analysis of dialogue and argumentation (WP5), sustaining and widening impact (WP4), and scale of progression for cultural literacy (WP7).
D'Jamila Garcia (degree in Applied Psychology from ISPA-IU, with a postgraduate degree in Data Analysis in Social Sciences and a PhD in Psychology from ISCTE-IUL) works as a research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and joined the Portuguese team in the DIALLS collaboration in 2020. As a psychologist, she worked in social and community intervention, namely with immigrant populations and ethnic minorities in social and economically disadvantaged contexts. More recently, she worked in public health at the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. As a researcher, she has collaborated on projects developed with children and adolescents in school contexts. Her research interests are peer violence at school (bullying and cyberbullying), well-being in childhood and adolescence, school failure, and the promotion of socio-emotional skills in children and young people, namely through dialogue and argumentation. D’Jamila will assist DIALLS in several tasks and will primarily be engaged in sustaining and widening impact (WP4), dialogue and argumentation analysis (WP5) and the scale of progression for cultural literacy (WP7).