Moana Campos Soto

Biographical note

Moana Soto is a consultant in Museal Education, Expography and Development of Museal Projects. PhD student and Master in Museology by the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies (2010), Specialized in Education and Museums by the Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes (2016) and graduated in Pedagogy by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2006). She is currently coordinator of LabSE – Laboratório de SocioExpografia; Museum and Museal Educator at Casa das Memórias António Guteres within the scope of the ‘Memórias da Travessia’ project, winner of the 11th Ibermuseums of Education Award (2020); Visiting Professor of the Master in Museums: Educación y Comunicación at the Universidad de Zaragoza; researcher at Grupo Salamanca de Investigación en Museos y Patrimonio Iberoamericano – GSIM; member of the Portuguese Association for Culture and Permanent Education – APCEP; Museologist at Fundação caring for the future, responsible for the collection ‘Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo’; coordinator of the Sociomuseology + Paulo Freire Study Group; UNESCO Chair in Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity; coordinator of the EducaMuseu project; Museologist and researcher at the Institutional Memory Division of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ and member of MINOM-ICOM International. Having also worked as a Museal Educator (fellow) at the Casal de Monte Redondo Museum within the scope of the ‘Renova Museum: Revitalizing a Museum through Educational Actions’ project, winner of the 9th Ibermuseums of Education Award (2018); Museologist in the Museology Section – SEMU of the National Museum / UFRJ (2015); researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Museums – Ibram (2010); researcher at MINOM-ICOM Internacional (2008) and Museal Educator at the Museum of the Republic in Rio de Janeiro (2006).

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Sociomuseology education
  • Institutional memory
  • Project development
  • Museal education
  • Museums, Internet and social networks

PhD project

“And the Word became flesh”: Paulo Freire’s influence on the New Museology.
Prof. Dra. Judite Primo

The present project intends to address a theme that, despite being identified as central by the main actors in the field of Sociomuseology, has not yet received an in-depth study: the influence of Paulo Freire’s thought on the emergence of the International Movement for a New Museology (MINOM). This influence is evidenced by the invitation to Paulo Freire – not materialized due to the action of the Brazilian military-business dictatorship – to preside over the Round Table in Santiago de Chile (1972), the movement’s central landmark. If the International Council of Museums recognizes education as the main function of museums, it is clear that an analogy can be drawn between the rupture of traditional museology and the new museology, with the rupture of banking education and liberating education, from Freire, which expressed in the affirmation of this by Hugues de Varine-Bohan, when he ran the ICOM (1979) and spoke of the transformation of the “man-object into man-subject”. For this, we will try to establish direct theoretical influences, such as socio-educational guidelines for the construction of a museum theory and practice committed to the community and focused on the conscious exercise of citizenship. But, also, the world situation that enabled the approximation of museology to Freirian thought will be presented, in particular the third (1944/1964) and fourth (1968-1980) revolutionary waves, which in the first engendered new concepts – marked on the periphery of the world. for the Afro-Asian decolonization, the Cuban Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution – which influenced the next, the most internationalized, and which reached the center of the system, with May 1968 and the Carnation Revolution as great moments. It is due to these that the great European actors of the New Museology approach with the Freirian theory of the periphery.