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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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Portugal Social Sciences
museum Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
dictatorship Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
geography Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
event Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2019

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 2012 2020

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
Collaborative Research
Research Culture

Architectures of Education

Rito, C. (ed.), Axel, N. (ed.), Hirsch, N. (ed.), Balaskas, B. (ed.) & Lemos, S. (ed.), Mar 2020, (In preparation) In : e-flux Architecture.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

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

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

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

New Media

Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research

Rito, C. (ed.), Balaskas, B. (ed.), Phillips, A., Downey, A., Cerón, C., Pringle, E., Moon, J. Y., Krysa, J., Bouteloup, M., Birchall, M., Sternfeld, N., Vaughan, S., Mahlouji, V., Toto, A., Guha, P., rakun, F. & Bartolomeus, L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Berlin: Sternberg Press .

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Collaborative Research
Visual Culture
Knowledge Production

What Is the Curatorial Doing?

Rito, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Institution as Praxis : New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research. Rito, C. & Balaskas, B. (eds.). Sternberg Press , Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Curatorial Practice
Cultural Institutions
Knowledge Production

Activities 2013 2020

Book Launch: Institution as Praxis

Carolina Rito (Speaker)
26 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Architectures of Education

Carolina Rito (Organising Committee), Farid Rakun (Speaker), Tom Holert (Speaker), Anna-Maria Meister (Speaker), Aoife Donnelly (Speaker), Kristin Trommler (Speaker), Irit Rogoff (Speaker), Kehinde Andrews (Speaker), Ola Uduku (Speaker), Ramon Amaro (Speaker), Ruin An Ho (Speaker), Mary Vaughan Johnson (Speaker), Sarah Amsler (Speaker), Nick Axel (Organising Committee), Bill Balaskas (Organising Committee), Nikolaus Hirsch (Organising Committee), Sofia Lemos (Organising Committee)
7 Nov 20199 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (Publisher)

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

InDialogue2019 (Event)

Carolina Rito (Peer Reviewer)

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