Rita Alcaire is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Junior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and a Research Fellow for Portugal of the International Research Consortium for CILIA LGBTQ – Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ Citizens in Four European Countries, funded by NORFACE.
Her interests lie in the study of sexualities, mental health and popular culture using video documentaries as a privileged ways of engaging with them. She co-directed Filhos do Tédio (2006), Para-Suicídio Pop (2008), Breve História do Rock (2010), O Pessoal do Pico Toma Conta Disso (2010), Um Quarto no Éter – um ano na Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (2011), Filarmónicas da Ilha Preta (2011) and Das 9 às 5 – trabalho sexual é trabalho (2011). She has several published works such as Filhos do Tédio (Pé de Página Publishers, 2005); the special issue of the Coimbra Arts Magazine (Arte à Parte, 2010), which she coordinated; and the chapter 'Representações da masturbação no cinema e televisão mainstream’ (Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015).
Her (ongoing) PhD research in 'Human Rights in Contemporary Societies' draws on the current stories being told about asexuality narrated by healthcare providers, by the media as well as by self-identified asexuals, to challenge and rethink the notion of human rights.