FEMglocal - Glocal Feminist Movements: interactions and contradictions is a research project that stems from the lack of national research on the connection between digital networked action and feminist activist movements, which have been emerging and assuming a glocal (global and local) dimension.

The intersections between the global and the local, the digital and the face-to-face, the plurality of activisms and collective actions, have posed challenges to contemporary feminist movements, namely in national territory, that need to be understood through a situational approach.

The diverse and transnational nature of contemporary feminist movements allows us to analyse their expression in Portugal, as well as the particularities of Portuguese feminism. Highlighting and understanding the singularities of national feminist activist movements, discovering and drawing their cartography, will be central features within the scope of action of this research, contributing to the recovery of the historical memory of Portuguese feminist movements that has, up until now, been made of silence and social invisibility.

Given the interactions and contradictions between global and local activisms, grounded on digital communication and the national context, this project aims to:

  1. Position and frame the current Portuguese feminism vis-à-vis global feminism, but also in relation to local feminims;
  2. Understand the genealogy, size and geographical distribution of Portuguese feminism;
  3. Understand the relationship between institutional organisations and between these and informal collectives;
  4. Analyse the movement's communication strategies – organisations and collectives;
  5. Study the methods of mobilisation and collective action;
  6. Examine the media visibility of glocal feminist movements;
  7. Understand how Portuguese collectives are arranged as a social movement due to the observed volatility in the way they appear and disappear.

FEMglocal is, therefore, a project that brings together several scientific fields, that have mostly been studied independently, and that requires interdisciplinary knowledge.

In this sense, the methodologies used will be diverse, crossing the three central arenas to be investigated:

  1. Theoretical problematization of the concepts central for the understanding of feminist movements today, paying attention to the specificities of the Portuguese context in articulation with the transnational circumstances;
  2. Empirical work of genealogy and cartography of feminist movements – organization and collectives – and analysis of case studies;
  3. Conveyance of scientific knowledge and social impact through the creation of a Collaborative and Interactive Platform that will encompass various materials, including an interactive map, podcasts and a documentary.

The intersection of these axes will allow the project to fill a gap in scientific research in this field in Portugal, as well as to foster dialogue with various stakeholders (feminist organisations and collectives, journalists, schools) and society.


The Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies (CICANT) results from the combined efforts of Lusófona University (Lisbon and Porto) researchers in the field towards the goal of creating an autonomous research unit which will allow for the integration and harnessing of the research activities conducted within the centre. It promotes theoretical and applied research at the cross of media, society, literacies, arts, culture and technologies. CICANT distinguishes itself due to the solid theoretical and applied nature of its research and knowledge transfer activities oriented to teaching and research activities.

CICANT is geared towards innovative and interdisciplinary research in its two main subject areas: Media, Society and Literacies (MSL) and Media Arts, Creative Industries and Technologies (MACIT).

Created in 2004, in the past years, the Centre has been the leader of over 40 national and international projects supported by several funding European programmes, such as Erasmus +, FP7, ISF, H2020, Media Programme. Also at national level, the Centre has several projects funded by national funds, such as FCT, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the EEA Grants.


The Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (CIEG) is a pioneering research Centre, the only one in Portugal entirely devoted to Gender Studies, integrated within ISCSP-ULisboa’s structure.

It was created in 2012 and twice rated as Excellent (2015 and 2019) by FCT panels of international evaluators. This recognition is connected to its intense activity and its capacity to involve in a short period of time 51 researchers from 20 universities. The Centre has filled an important gap in Portugal by creating a network of researchers who are contributing to the consolidation of the scientific area of Gender Studies and internationalizing its activities.


FEMglocal is a project funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) through national funds. Project Reference: PTDC/COM-CSS/4049/2021. DOI 10.54499/PTDC/COM-CSS/4049/2021.