Rita Alcaire


Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. PhD Candidate in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies and holds a Master in Cultural Psychiatry. Main research interests are identities, sexualities and popular culture (film, television and music). Her academic and professional journey has been geared toward addressing questions that have emerged around these subjects by deploying video-documentaries as a privileged form of engagement. Co-directed with Rodrigo Lacerda the following documentaries: Filhos do Tédio (2006), Breve História do Rock de Coimbra (2010), O Pessoal do Pico Toma Conta Disso (2010), Um Quarto no Éter (2011), Filarmónicas da Ilha Preta (2011) e Das 9 às 5 (2011). She also directed Para-Suicídio Pop (2008), filmed initially as a curricular assignment for the Master's. She has several books published, including Filhos do Tédio (Pé de Página Editora, 2005); Magazine de Artes de Coimbra (Arte à Parte, 2010), and the chapter 'Representações da masturbação no cinema e na televisão mainstream' (Representations in film and television mainstream) (Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015). She has carried out several cultural, social and anthropological projects, particularly concerning oral history and identity. At the present time, she is doing her PhD project, a collaborative action-research project on intimate citizenship and sexual rights entitled 'The Asexual Revolution: discussing asexuality through the lens of human rights'.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2017), Do we wear fashion or is fashion wearing us out? - international investment, globalisation and human rights, in Bruno de Sena Martins e Saulo Tarso Rodrigues (org.), Os Direitos Humanos e as linguagens da dignidade: debates e perspectivas. Rio Grande: Editora da FURG, 211-229

Article in Scientific journal

Alcaire, Rita (2015), "The pathologisation of sexual diversity: a critical scrutiny of the DSM", Ex aequo, 32, 155-167

Book Chapter

Alcaire, Rita (2015), Representações da masturbação na televisão e no cinema mainstream, in Manuel João Quartilho (org.), Cadernos de Psiquiatria social e cultural. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 153-174