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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am accepting PhD applications in the following areas:
- cinema and cosmopolitanism
- national, transnational and world cinema theories
- Brazilian cinema
- film and realism
- cinema and migration
- the relationships between cinema and the environment
- sites of film circulation
- decolonial approaches to film.


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Statement

Humberto is a Lecturer in Film at Queen’s University Belfast. His teaching and research interests include cosmopolitanism and film, world cinema theories, sites of film circulation and exhibition, contemporary Brazilian cinema, national and transnational articulations in film, cinematic realism, decolonial approaches to film, (queer) migration, film genres, and cinema and the environment. 

His current research project focuses on how contemporary Brazilian cinema appropriates cosmopolitan critical discourses to reflect contemporary challenges, including 1) migration and the refugee crisis, 2) the environmental emergency, 3) the otherisation of difference (both human and non-human) and 4) the marginalisation of non-Western epistemologies.

His forthcoming publications include ‘Moving Out to Come Out and Feel at Home: Queer Cosmopolitanism in Karim Aïnouz’s Futuro Beach’ (New Review of Film and Television Studies), 'Cosmopolitan Non-Cinema: Impurity, Recognition and Hospitality in The Cambridge Squatter' (Cosmopolitan Aspirations in Contemporary Cinema, Routledge), and an article on magic realism and indigenous cosmologies. 


Prior to joining QUB, I lectured at University College Cork, Ireland. I taught modules on realism and world cinema, cinema and sustainability, film industries and European cinema. 

In the 2023/2024 academic year, I am convening and teaching the following modules at QUB:


FLM 3008: Film Genre Studies (Level 3)

FLM3010: Dissertation (Level 3)

FLM 1005: Screen Technologies (Level 1)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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