Paula Mota Santos is guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies

Paula Mota Santos, researcher at the Centre for Public Policy and Administration, was the guest editor of an issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies on the theme "First-Places - Critical Dialogues of Tourism and Heritage".

The papers in this special edition were gathered from a panel organized by the researcher for the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in 2014. The focus was on the concept of "First-Places", a term that broadly defines a location from which a social identity can be taken by those who see themselves as related to it.


This edition brings together a number of geographically and culturally diverse articles that take a critical look at "First-Places" and their role in politicized claims about heritage that are reflected in the discourses and practices of a 'culturalized' politics. In this sense, the researcher contributes to the same special issue with a paper on the present experience of "Portugal dos Pequenitos", a place that reflects the theme "Portugality" and was built in Coimbra during the 1940s as a pedagogical device for children.


Paula Mota Santos is a researcher at the Centre for Public Policy and Administration and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Behavior at the Fernando Pessoa University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology (2005) from University College London, and was a Visiting Scholar at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests focus on the relationship between social identity and space, with a specific interest in urban contexts. She is the author of several international publications on immigration, heritage, tourism and thematic areas. She has also published in the field of visual anthropology, namely documentary film and anonymous photography, having directed two documentaries.


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