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2020-2021 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to present

Impacts and Perception of Cultural Heritage:
The Black Pottery of the Douro Region, Portugal

Edgar Alexandre da Cunha Bernardo, PhD
Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, Department of Economy, Sociology and Management,
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Friday, February 12, 4PM-6PM
Hosted on Zoom [click here]

This thesis discusses the cultural heritage process, its impacts and perceptions. As a souvenir of Douro's cultural heritage, the Black Pottery is presented as a resource disputed by several stakeholders, revealing tensions, symbolic manipulations and cultural appropriations. This research uses Bisalhães black pottery as the starting point to reflect on the social, cultural and economic dynamics that revolve around heritage in this rural territory that is pursuing tourism as a development lever."

Full thesis available (in Portugese) - [click here]

Speaker Bio:
Edgar Alexandre da Cunha Bernardo completed his PhD in Sociology in 2012 at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa on "Perception of the impacts of tourism on the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde". He is now a candidate for a second PhD, in Tourism at the University of Aveiro, on "Douro artisanal souvenirs - origin, destination and interpretations". He was awarded a Postdoc and has taught at the University of Trás-os-Montes Center for Transdisciplinary Studies for Development, Portugal.

Dr. da Cunha Bernardo works in a number of languages including Portuguese-based pidjins and Creoles and has carried out research in the sociology of tourism, perceptions, attitudes and recreation, and on tourism development, sustainability, evaluation, authenticity and empowerment.

He has authoured two books: Past Experiences Future Memories: the culture of linen, bread and wine. Felgueiras, Portugal (2011), African Island Tourism - Multiple perspectives on the Cape Verdean experience. Spain: Pasos (2020), and he edited Towards a Territorial Approach to Tourism in the Douro. Spain: Pasos. (2018). He has received a number of awards and published many articles on both Cape Verde Island and the Douro region of Portugal

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