“Rites, gatherings and celebrations for sustainable cultures”
Maria Zozaya studied History in the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), there was awarded with the BA prize and the PhD Extraordinary Prize for doctoral dissertarion in History (UCM). She also received the Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda Award (RMR, 1999); the Spanish Social History Society Research Prize (AHS, 2007), and Villa de Madrid Award Antonio Maura (2008). She studies leisure and sociability spaces. She had several research grants held at the National Council for Spanish Research, CSIC (1998-2008), a “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoctoral research contract (Valladolid´s University, 2008-2011), and a FCT Postdoctoral Grant to do research (University of Évora, since 2013). She has given many conferences and has written five books. She was a jury in the international film Festival “La Fila” (Valladolid).
After a period of studying and working as a graphic designer in London, he decided to get a degree in Computer Visualization and Animation at the Bournemouth University (UK). He worked for a short period in the video game and 3d animation industry and started a job as 3d real-time historical landscape digital reconstruction at the University of Stirling (UK), under the Virtual Landscape Centre. In 2006 he returned to study and got a MSc in Computing Archaeology (Spatial Technologies) at the University of Southampton (UK) where he worked also for APSS in various archaeological projects. In 2009 he gained a scholarship at the University of Évora (PT) and joined the Radiopast project where he worked for 3d documentation, reconstruction and as field archaeological technician. He continued working at he Museu Cidade de Ammaia (PT) developing 3d applications for the public and continuing 3d structure and artifacts documentation. He is currently a researcher of the CIDEHUS at the University of Évora (PT) working in various projects and being an History PhD Candidate . His investigation is based on Cultural Heritage Interpretation for the public with 3d real-time computer visualization techniques for digital storytelling. His main interests are in virtual reality, augmented reality, archaeological, historical and cultural heritage interpretation for the public, digital heritage and digital storytelling.
Having graduated with an MSc in Media Management from Stirling University, Scotland; Mmabatho Kau has worked as a producer, broadcast and development executive as well as script consultant on a number of television and film projects spanning over 15 years.
In that time, she has also worked as a script editor for South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) on various films, including Kalushi and Zakes Mda’s Whale Caller. She has spent the last seven years as a mentor for first-time feature film writers enrolled in the foundation’s screenwriting course, SEDIBA .
In 2017 she was invited to be a story consultant for Realness, an African screenwriter’s residency. While there, she was instrumental in developing works that have since been selected for the Biennale College Cinema (2018/2019), La Fabrique Cinema and EAVE to name a few. Beyond her work as a script consultant, she has produced drama series, reality shows as well as lifestyle shows for various broadcasters in South Africa.