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Maria presenting at the TEDxDili 2015


  • Workshop, Gender and Women’s participation in Higher Education, Association for Asian Studies Symposium, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, December 2022

  • Round table, Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia, Columbia University, New York, March 2019

  • Workshop, Politics of Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, March 2019

  • Round table, Arts Under Military Occupation, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, March 2019

  • Guest Speaker, Art can be traditional and contemporary, TEDxDili, June 2015

  • Guest Artist, Smiling Project, 19th Macau City Fringe Festival, Macau, November 2010

  • Guest Lecturer, Arte Moris, Dili, Timor-Leste, July – September 2008

  • Cultural Advisor, Debt of Honour, Western Australian Museum, April – June 2012

  • Cultural Advisor and Researcher, Tatoli ba Kultura (Messenger for Culture), Griffith University and Secretary of State for Culture in Timor-Leste, March 2009 – March 2010

  • Guest Speaker, East Timor and the Sea, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, 8thSeptember 2006

  • Cultural Adviser, Interpreter and Translator, UNMIT, United Nations’ Serious Crimes Unit, September 2004 – May 2005

  • Cultural Advisor and Teacher, Deckchair Theatre, Perth Western Australia, February – March 2002

  • Guest Speaker, As it was – East Timor 1971, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, Western Australia, November 2000

  • Guest Speaker, Different Stories, 2nd National Conference, Esperance, Western Australia, October 2000

  • Art and Music Teacher, West Coast College of Technical and Further Education, East Fremantle, Western Australia, October – December 1999

  • Cultural Program Teacher, Kambalda High School, Western Australia, May – October 1999

  • Curator, Uma Knua, Kalla Yeedip Gallery, Midland, Australia, July 1997

  • Workshop, Ministry For Culture & The Arts, Government Of Western Australia, April 1999

  • Art Teacher, Merredin Senior High School, Australia, February – April 1999

  • Guest Artist, National Convention of East Timorese Abroad, Worldwide Convention, Portugal, April 1999

  • Arts Coordinator, KULCHA Multicultural Arts of Western Australia, January 1997 

  • Guest Teacher, East Timor Exploring the Culture and Exploding the Myths, Spring School, University of Western Australia, August – September 1995

  • Research Assistant, School of Fine Arts, Curtin University, Perth, April 1992

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