Carla Montez Fernandes (carla.fernandesfcsh.unl.pt) graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures (English/German studies) and holds an MA and Ph.D in Linguistics: Lexicology/Terminology. Assistant Professor at IPLeiria until 2007, currently working as Senior Researcher - PI, (FCT-CIENCIA 2008 Fellow) at FCSH - Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Awarded a European Research Council grant in July 2013 for her interdisciplinary project "BlackBox - A collaborative platform to document performance composition: from conceptual structures in the backstage to customizable visualizations in the front-end".
Principal Investigator of the FCT-funded TKB project in Portugal (A Transmedia Knowledge-Base for contemporary dance) with international partners and consultants from the AHK Amsterdam, The Forsythe Foundation - Germany, and Coventry University - UK, since 2009.
At present her research focus is in the intersection of Cognitive Linguistics and the Performing Arts, particularly concerning the annotation of multimodal corpora in dynamic and collaborative digital archives for the analysis/documentation of contemporary dance.
Supervisor of MA dissertations and Ph.D thesis in Multimodal Communication / Lexicology / Performing Arts&Digital Media / Cognitive Semiotics at: Universidade Nova de Lisboa; FE-Universidade do Porto; FL - Universidade de Lisboa; FMH - Universidade de Lisboa.
Invited Professor at UFBA, Salvador, Brazil.
Scientific consultant for several dance-related structures in Portugal, The Netherlands, UK and Germany.
Research Partner in EU-funded projects (a.o. “Inside Movement Knowledge”, "Labo 21" and "EuropeanaSpace") at the crossings of Arts&Science.
Carla Fernandes has been a free-lance translator of the European Parliament in Luxembourg and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt between 1990 and 2000.
Short-listed for the reserve list of a EU-RELEX competition (Function Group IV: Adviser for Social and Cultural Issues).
Co-author of Oxford/Verbo English-Portuguese Dictionary (1997).
Author of chapters in books and papers in international peer-reviewed publications in the fields of (Cognitive) Linguistics, Multimodal Corpora, Digital Media and Cultural Heritage.