Maria Paula Meneses


MARIA PAULA MENESES is a Principal researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. A Mozambican scholar, she did her graduate studies in Russia (MA in History from St. Petersburg University) and obtained her PhD in the USA, by Rutgers University. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar at EHSS, Paris. Currently she is the Vice-President for Scientific activities at CES. Her research focus on the political history and socio-legal complexity of southern Africa, especially in Mozambique, Angola and South Africa. At the heart of her interests are the relations between knowledge, power and societies. Paying special attention to people who experienced the violence of the colonial encounter her academics and activist activities seek ways to decolonize knowledge and contribute towards the Epistemologies of the South. At the CES Maria Paula Meneses develops several research projects and teaches in two PhD programs, namely Postcolonialisms and Global Citizenship and Human Rights in the 21st th century. Internationally she co-coordinates, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Karina Bidaseca, CES-CLACSO e-learning specialization course on Epistemologies of the South. Her work has been published in journals, books and reports in several countries, including Mozambique, Spain, Portugal, Senegal, USA, England, Germany, Colombia, amid others.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Meneses, Maria Paula (2021), Women and mass violence in Mozambique during the late colobial period, in Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Bruno Sena Martins (org.), The Pluriverse of Human Rights: the diversity of struggles for dignity. New York: Routledge, 148-167

Article in Scientific journal

Meneses, Maria Paula (2021), "Desafios à descolonização epistêmica: práticas, contextos e lutas para além das fraturas abissais", Contemporânea - revista de sociologia da UFSCa, 10, 3, 1067-1097

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Book Chapter

Meneses, Maria Paula (2021), Desafios ambientais a Sul: o Ubuntu como ética de ligação entre a comunidade e a natureza, in Georgina Gonçalves dos Santos; Sônia Maria Rocha Sampaio (org.), Observatório da vida estudantil: interdisciplinaridade, vida estudantil e diálogo de sabere. Salvador: Edufba, 25-59