Susana de Noronha


SUSANA DE NORONHA is an anthropologist, with a Ph.D. summa cum laude in sociology of culture, and a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES), NECES Research Group, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Winner ex aequo of the 2007 "CES Award for Young Portuguese-speaking Social Scientists" and the "Bernardino Machado Award 2003" for the student with the highest final grade in Anthropology. Author of the books - A Tinta, a Mariposa e a Metástase: a arte como experiência, conhecimento e acção sobre o cancro de mama [Paint, Butterflies, and Metastasis: art as experience, knowledge, and action on breast cancer] (2009, Afrontamento); Objetos Feitos de Cancro: mulheres, cultura material e doenças nas estórias da arte [Objects Made of Cancer: material culture and illness on women's art stories] (2015, Almedina); and Cancro Sobre Papel: Estórias de oito mulheres Portuguesas entre palavra falada, arte e ciência escrita [Cancer on Paper: the stories of eight Portuguese women in words, art, and science] (2019, Almedina). |||||||||| CREATIVE WORK: Creative scientific illustration: creative ethnographic painting/drawing and amateur photography. In her third monograph, from theory to practice, blending social science with the visual and plastic arts to understand cancer, the researcher created eight projects, a sum of drawings, paintings and photographs that retell the stories of eight women from her relational circle, using imagination and metaphor to reinvent scientific illustration and ethnographic drawing. She is also a lyricist, with work published in three albums, one EP, and four compilations of Portuguese music: 09 Roads (in press); À Sombra de Deus Vol. IV (2012, Braga 2012); Lock Full Version (2010, Cobra Discos); 3Pistas Vol.2 (2009, Antena3 & Edições Valentim de Carvalho/Iplay); EP Lock (2009, Optimus Discos); Novos Talentos FNAC 2009 (2009, Fnac Portugal); Undergod/Underdog (2009, Poison Tree Records, Los Angeles); Acorda! Primeira Compilação de Nova Música Portuguesa em mp3 (2006, Antena3 & Cobra Discos). |||||||||| RESEARCH INTERESTS: Artistic narratives of cancer patients in the visual and plastic arts; illness, resistance and activism; Narrative, political and activist art; the visual and material culture of cancer/illness: from imaging technologies and therapeutic objects to prosthetics and disposable materialities; amputation and (dis)ability; the interaction between the arts and biomedicine; Bodies, embodied knowledge, emotions and affections; Autoethnography; (Re)mixtures of knowledge: social science, art and creative/alternative methodologies (creative writing and creative scientific illustration for social science research: creative, metaphorical and non-figurative reinventions of ethnographic drawing, painting, and photography); other/hybrid ontologies and epistemologies: "the third half of things and of knowledge" (Noronha, 2015).

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Noronha, Susana de (2019), Fotografías hechas de cáncer: el arte como pedazo de enfermedad en los relatos de mujeres, in Rebeca Pardo & Montse Morcate (org.), La imagen desvelada: Prácticas fotográficas en la enfermedad, la muerte y el duelo. Barcelona: Sans Soleil Ediciones, 79-122

Article in Scientific journal

Noronha, Susana de (2019), "(Un)stitching the Memory and the Story of a Melanoma: Giving a Form to Forgetfulness between Anthropology and Creative Ethnographic Drawing", Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, Vol. 8,, Nº 2, 73-79

Article in Scientific journal

Noronha, Susana de (2019), "The chairs of hereditary cancer: understanding time and illness using creative ethnographic drawing", Comunicação e Sociedade, 35, 153-171