Luís Carmelo (1954) is the author of a vast literary work (twelve novels, among them A Failure, adapted for cinema by João Mário Grilo in 2002). She received her doctorate from the University of Utrecht (Holland) in the semiotics field, in 1995, and applied to Prof. Associated in 2003 (UAL). As an essayist, he is the author of several works (including the 1988 APE Prize) on semiotics, communication/cultural theory, art, literary theory, in addition to a diverse set of manuals (especially in the area of creative writing). In the essay and academic field, the following works stand out:
Area of communication and theory of culture: Genealogies of Culture (2013, Arranha Ceus, Lisbon); Orbits of Modernity (2003, Editorial Mareantes, Lisbon); Under the Face of Europe (1996, Pendor, Évora-Lisbon; 2nd edition and English translation, Ontology Of The South, Sul, Coimbra Photography Meetings Edition, 1996; Anjos e Meteoros – Ensaio Sobre a Instantaneidade (1999, Editorial Notícias) , Lisbon); Islão e Mundo Cristão (2001, Editora Hugin, Lisbon) and Communication on the Net: The Case of Blogs (2008, Magna Editora, Lisbon),
Semiotics area: Semiotics – An Introduction (2003, Europa-America Publications, Mem Martins), Músicas da Consciência (with a preface by António Damásio; 2002, Europa-America Publications, Mem Martins) and Contemporary Prophetic Turn (2005, Europe-America Publications) , Mem Martins).
Theoretical-literary and artistic area: The Lusitanian Tetralogy of Almeida Faria, 1989, University of Utrecht, Holland; Portuguese Writers Association Essay Award, 1988; La Représentation du Réel dans des Textes Prophétiques (1995, University of Utrecht, Netherlands); The light of intensity. Figuration and esthesia in contemporary literature. The case of José Luís Peixoto (2012, Quetzal, Lisbon) and Água de Prata (about the work of the Pessoa Prize, José M. Rodrigues; 2002, Casa do Sul, Évora).
Manuals Area: The New Portuguese Poetry and the Contemporary Aesthetic Experience (2005, Europa-América Publications, Mem Martins); Creative Writing Handbook (2005, Europa-America Publications, Mem Martins); Creative Writing Handbook, Volume II (2007, Europa-America Publications, Mem Martins); Creative Paper for Journalism Students (2008, Europa-America Publications, Mem Martins); Creative Laboratory for the Culture of Humor (2012, Manuals of the Online Creative Writing School/EC.ON, Lisbon/Évora); Creative Writing Laboratory – Advertising (2012, Manuals of the Online Creative Writing School/EC.ON, Lisbon/Évora); Creative Writing Laboratory – Introductory Level (2012, Online Creative Writing School Manuals/EC.ON, Lisbon/Évora) and Creative Writing Laboratory – Advanced Level (2012, Online Creative Writing School Manuals/EC.ON, Lisbon /Évora).
The author, who is a researcher at the IELT (New University of Lisbon / Line “Cultural and Material Heritage and Cultural Imaginaries / Line “Performative / Artistic Practices and Community”), founded the Online Creative Writing School (EC.ON) in 2008. which he directs with, among others, the CVC/ Instituto Camões as partners. He is a member of the Portuguese Association of Writers (APE) and of the International Association of Semiotics (IASS-AIS).