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José Bértolo

PhD Researcher


Biographical note

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José Bértolo completed his PhD in Comparative Studies (2019) at the University of Lisbon, (joint partnership with the U. Bologna (Italy) and KU Leuven (Belgium)) with a PhD Fellowship from FCT. He has been a member of the Centre for Comparative Studies since 2013 and he also integrates the research team of Cátedra Cascais Interartes. Between 2013 and 2016 he held a Scientific Research Grant in the FCT-funded project False Movement — Studies on Writing and Film. He co-founded CEC clusters Cinema and the World — Studies on Space and Cinema, (Re)Written on the Wind — Melodrama among the Arts, and RIAL – Reality and Imagination in Art and Literature. Currently, he collaborates with RIAL, where he coordinates the line of research “Image”. He was a Teaching Assistant at the U. Lisbon in 2017-2018 (teaching Film Analysis), and a Visiting Research Assistant at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle — Paris 3 (2019). He has curated film cycles in academic and cultural institutions (U.Lisbon School of Arts and Humanities, Cinemateca Portuguesa, among others), published books and articles on film studies, and presented work in Portugal, France and the UK. In 2020, he co-edited, with Margarida Medeiros, a special issue of the Journal of Communication and Languages dedicated to “Photography, Cinema, and the Ghostly”.

 Main areas of research

  • Film theory and philosophy (representation, figuration, ontology and materiality);
  • Film history (French cinema, Portuguese cinema, silent film, avant-gardes and new waves);
  • Film analysis;
  • Intermediality (film, literature, photography, painting);
  • Realism and spectrality in art.

Selected publications

Books (author and editor)

Articles and book chapters


This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.