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Integrated PhD | Assistant Researcher
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, n.º 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa
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Tel: (+351) 21 790 83 00 (ext. 1583)


Cristina Fernandes is an integrated researcher at INET-MD (NOVA FCSH), where she carries out the project Music, Performing Arts and Diplomacy in the 18th century: Portuguese networks in the international stage (CEECIND/03493/2022) and coordinates the research group “Historical and Cultural Studies in Music”. She was Co-PI of the project PROFMUS-Ser Músico em Portugal: a condição sócio-profissional dos músicos em Lisboa (INET-md, funded by FCT - https://www.profmus.pt/) and was a member of the research team for the ERC project PERFORMART- Promoting, Patronising and Practising the Arts in Roman Aristocratic Families (1644-1740). The Contribution of Roman Families’ Archives to the History of Performing Arts (IP: Anne-Madeleine Goulet; instituições de acolhimento: CNRS, École Française de Rome, 2016-2022 - https://performart-roma.eu/).
Born in Guarda (Portugal), she studied piano at the Conservatório de Música da Covilhã before graduating in Musical Sciences at NOVA FCSH. She completed a master degree in Musicology at the same institution and received her PhD from the University de Évora (Portugal) in 2010. Between 2011 and 2017 she carried out a post-doctoral project on the musical practices and the ceremonial of the Royal and Patriarchal Chapel of Lisbon (1716-1834), with a research grant from FCT, and between 2015 and 2017 she coordinated the thematic strand of INET-md “Historical Approaches to Musical Performance”. She collaborates regularly with the research group "Music in Spain: Composition, Reception and Interpretation" (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain) and in 2021 she was invited to participate in the project Scenographic culture in the Hispanic context of the early modern period: a holistic approach (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Espanha - https://artes.hypotheses.org/). She is the author of several books and articles on 18th century music and culture, among other subjects, as well of numerous articles for the general public as music critic for the newspaper Público. She taught at music schools of different levels, including the Escola das Artes (Univ. Católica Portuguesa-Porto) and the department of Musical Sciences (NOVA FCSH). Between 2015 and 2021 she was a member of the Directive Board of SPIM-Portuguese Society for Music Research.
Main research interests: Music in the 18th century; Music and royal power; Music and diplomacy; Historical performance practices of music and dance; Socio-professional status of the musicians; Music and Women's Studies; Music criticism.
Research Group: Historical and Cultural Studies in Music (Coordinator)