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Professor Carolina Rito is a researcher and curator whose work is situated at the intersection between knowledge production, the curatorial, and contested historical narratives. She is Professor of Creative Practice Research, Research Centre for Arts, Memory, and Communities, Coventry University; an Executive Board Member of the Midlands Higher Education & Culture Forum; and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC), Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Rito is the Executive Editor of The Contemporary Journal and has published in international journals such as King’s Review, Mousse Magazine, and Wrong Wrong. From 2017 to 2019, she was Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary, leading the partnership with Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham. She holds a PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also taught from 2014 to 2016. She lectures internationally—in Europe, South America, and the Middle East—on her research and curatorial studies.

Education/Academic qualification

Curatorial/Knowledge, Doctorate, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Curatorial Studies, MA, Universidade de Lisboa

External positions

Chair of the Collaborative Research Working Group, Midlands Higher Education Culture Forum

2018 → …

Editor-in-Chief, The Contemporary Journal

2018 → …

Executive Board Member, Midlands Higher Education Culture Forum

2017 → …

Visiting Researcher, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

2016 → …


  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • exhibition studies
  • curating
  • exhibition histories
  • DT Africa
  • Liberation Movements
  • Colonialism
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • NX Arts in general
  • curatorial studies
  • curating
  • cinema

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CAMPUS Independent Study Programme

Rito, C., Sternfeld, N., Dyangani Ose, E., Bhambra, G., Gario, Q., Franke, A., Condorelli, C. & Campt, T.

18/10/19 → …

Project: Other

Research Output

Advocacy Document on Collaborative Research

Rito, C. & Balaskas, B., 29 Jan 2020, Midlands Higher Education Culture Forum. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
  • Architectures of Education

    Rito, C. (ed.), Axel, N. (ed.), Hirsch, N. (ed.), Balaskas, B. (ed.), Lemos, S. (ed.), Amaro, R., Gudskul, Harwood, E., Holert, T., Donnelly, A., Trommler, K., Lokko, L., Perez-Martinez, S., Rogoff, I., S., S. & Moreno, J., 2020, In : e-flux Architecture.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Critical Pedagogies

    Rito, C. (ed.), Rogoff, I., Amaro, R., Rakun, F., Uduku, O., Holert, T., Donnelly, A., Trommler, K., Meister, A-M., Hameed, A., Phillips, A. & Průchová Hrůzová, A., Jan 2020, In : The Contemporary Journal. 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  • Fabricating Publics: Dissemination of Culture in the Post-Truth Era

    Rito, C. (ed.) & Balaskas, B. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Liverpool: Open Humanities Press. (DATA Browser)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

  • Activities

    Book Launch: Institution as Praxis

    Carolina Rito (Speaker)
    26 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    InDialogue2019 (Event)

    Carolina Rito (Peer Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Research Seminar

    Carolina Rito (Session Chair), Luís Trindade (Organising Committee)
    29 Nov 20191 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Journal for Artistic Research (Journal)

    Carolina Rito (Peer Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (Publisher)

    Carolina Rito (Peer Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review