Lusophone Studies is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos.
Within this cluster, Lusophone Studies aim to promote cutting-edge research and debate across a variety of areas relating to the Portuguese-speaking world, with particular emphasis on Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Areas of specialism include digital culture, gender studies, postcolonial literatures and film, and urban cultural studies. The PhD programme promotes interdisciplinary and cross regional collaboration in the training and supervision of graduate students.
Staff are actively involved in two cross-subject research fora, focusing on Latin American Studies and Postcolonial Studies. All staff and postgraduates participate in international conferences and are encouraged to become involved, where appropriate, in international networks. Amongst other networks, staff in Lusophone Studies are involved in the Digital Latin American Cultures Network and the Lusophone and Hispanic Caucus of the African Literature Association.
For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff in Lusophone Studies, please see our staff profiles