This month’s #HangoutWithAPOYOnline is with APOYOnline volunteer Nathália Pamio Luiz:
1) We believe that a person as consolidated and with as much knowledge in the field of preservation as you needs no introduction, but please briefly comment on yourself and your trajectory based on your own vision and experience:
I do not consider myself with a consolidated path, but in growth and learning.
My academic and professional career is established in the area of Culture, Museology and Heritage, where I have been working specifically since 2013 – with research experience built on projects within the scope of the UNESCO Chair “Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity”, context in which I carry out the PhD in Museology, at Universidade Lusófona – Centro Universitário de Lisboa (2019-current).
I have publications in journals of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and others, such as “The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Common Ground Research Networks”, for example.
In 2019, I joined the consulting group for a research project on Intangible Heritage and Education in the European Union – UNESCO/EU (2019), an action that covered the preparation of a report with quantitative and qualitative analysis of data after developing and applying questionnaires with the ASPnet – Network of Unesco Associated Schools, in 28 countries of the European Union, which gave rise to the didactic material “Teaching and learning with living heritage”.
In 2020, I was Research Fellow of the R&D Project “Intangible Cultural Heritage in educational processes” at CeiED – Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development/ULusófona. That same year, I had my first contact with APOYOnline – Association for the Preservation of Heritage of the Americas, which broadened my view on preservation, with special attention to emerging professionals and the search for breaking down barriers to access to applied knowledge. to this field.
In early 2021, with encouragement and support from APOYOnline, I had the opportunity to be selected as one of the six “Social Media Advocates” to represent the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in the American Congress, during the “Museum Advocacy Day”.
In June of the same year, as a member of LUME – Association of Culture and Heritage, I participated in the construction of a museographic proposal and implementation of the “Center for Living Experience – Museum of Tiflology”, Castelo de Vide, a term that refers to intellectual and professional training of visually impaired people.
As a multidisciplinary academic background, I have a postgraduate degree in Strategic Management of Museums and Heritage Centres, supported by the ICOM Portugal 2021 Scholarship Fund (Universitat de Girona, 2022); Master in Museology (ULusófona, 2020); University Extension in Cultural Management (PUC-SP, 2016); Specialization in Special and Inclusive Art Teaching (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2015); Graduate in Cultural Production (FAAP, 2014); and Bachelor’s Degree in Photography – Communication and Visual Arts (Centro Universitário SENAC, 2011), with degree recognition for Degree in Portugal by the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar.
As professional activities, I also highlight the participation as a researcher in the European project “COSMUS – Community School Museums” (2018-2019), in the EcoHeritage Project [Erasmus + KA 2020-1-ES01-KA204- 082769] as a Researcher at CeiED/ULusófona and Technique Responsible for the Dissemination and Mediation of Communities at MINOM-ICOM Portugal (2021-2023), and the action as a trainer in the Pilot Project “Heritage Education” (2018-2019), promoted by IGEC – General Inspection of Education and Science of the Ministry of Education.
Having also been Technician at the Sporting Museum’s Memory Center (Sporting CP, 2021-2022); Volunteer in Executive Production at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2019-2020); and Executive Producer at Base7 Cultural Projects (2013-2018).
Today I work at the Academic Secretariat and Project Management of the Department of Museology ULusófona. Among other activities, I am a Member of APOM – Associação Portuguesa de Museologia (2023-current); and Member of the Board of ICOM Portugal (Triennium 2023-2026).
2) In a few words, how would you define the current moment in the field of Latin preservation?
I believe that the area of preservation, despite its time, follows local social, political and economic movements, and Latin America is in effervescence.
With a wide range of qualified professionals, I perceive in Latin preservation a great capacity for adaptation in search of new technologies, as well as a constant search for the accomplishment of a good work from the available resources.
But, just like other technical areas, investment is needed, opportunities are created, structures better supported by adequate public policies for the field.
3) What do you expect for the field of Latin preservation in the next 30 years?
I consider it important to look at the preservation of heritage associated with people’s lives and the environment. Understanding and promoting advances in the field of research-action that aims to preserve must be related to the well-being of the communities which the heritage represents.
In my opinion, these solutions are only possible if they are collective, so what I hope for the next 30 years is equal access to knowledge, training and resources for the development of this profession.
4) Could you indicate three publications that guided your career in the field of preservation?
My career is focused on culture management a little more broadly, and not with specific training for preservation. So, in this sense, I suggest texts that help me to substantiate some of the thoughts presented here.
On the social role of museums
UNESCO. (2015). Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society. UNESCO. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/museums/recommendation-on-the-protection-and-promotion-of-museums-and-collections/
A proposal of concerns and questions
Primo, J.S., & Moutinho, M.C. (2021). Sociomuseology: For a critical reading of the world. Lusophone University Editions. https://museologia-portugal.net/apresentacao/sociomuseologia-leitura-critica-mundo
About preservation and collective work
Haspo, B. (2020). Sharing, Education and Heritage Preservation Networks: 30 years building bridges and opening paths of integration in the Americas. Cadernos de Sociomuseologia, 60(no 16), 101–115.
5) What message would you like to leave for young people who work in the preservation area?
For young people who work in the area of preservation, I would like to propose that they do not limit themselves to deepening their knowledge in just one specificity, that they propose to question and observe situations in their various contexts.
Make the exercise of understanding the whole and seek alternatives in networks, adding forces, knowledge and technologies, collective alternatives. Thank you 😊