Maria Tavares


  • Room 02.002 - 7 University Square

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Postcolonial literatures and film from Portuguese-speaking Africa - Comparative Studies - Gender Studies - Biography - Representations of Heroism


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Personal profile


Maria Tavares is a Senior Lecturer and co-coordinator of Portuguese Studies at the School of Arts, English and Languages. She completed the Graduate Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures – Portuguese and English Studies – Specialization in Teacher Training at the University of Porto, in Portugal. She then moved to the UK in 2005 to complete the MA programme in European Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. She has also completed a PhD programme in Portuguese Studies in 2011 at the same university and under the supervision of Professor Hilary Owen. After that, she took up teaching positions at Queen's University Belfast and Queen Mary, University of London, and a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Macau, in China. In March 2014 she was appointed to her current position at Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland. Dr Tavares is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since November 2015.

Research Statement

Dr Tavares's main research interests focus upon postcolonial literatures and film from Portuguese-speaking Africa, gender studies and representations of heroism. So far, her research has explored the possibilities arising from thinking nationalism and national identity through gender. She is the author of the monograph entitled No Country for Nonconforming Women: Feminine Conceptions of Lusophone Africa (Legenda: 2018). 

Dr Tavares is currently supervising PhD students whose theses focus on Lusophone African Cinema and Female African Diasporic Writing in Portugal and Spain. Both students are financed by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. She is also co-supervising MRes students.

In 2017, Dr Tavares was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a research project on the representation of female heroism and anti-heroism in Mozambique, during the one-party era (1975-1994).


Dr Tavares teaches Portuguese language and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world across all levels of learning, as well as Lusophone literatures and film. She teaches on the following modules:


Year 1:
SPA1131 [Portuguese 1]
SPA1132 [Introduction to Lusophone Studies]

Year 2:
SPA2031 [Portuguese 2]
SPA2038 [Representations of Lusophone Africa in Postcolonial Cinema]

Final Year:
SPA3101 [Spanish 3 Mini-Module - "Travel Abroad at Home": Representations of Portugal in Post-Revolution Cinema]
SPA3131 [Portuguese 3]


MML7000 [Research Methods]
LAN7003 [Representations of Gender and Race in Lusophone African Literatures and Film]



Adviser of Studies for Spanish and Portuguese

PGR Lead for Modern Languages

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Research Output

  • 3 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 3 Article
  • 3 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Book

Of hippopotami and mad women: Cosmopolitanism debated in Paulina Chiziane’s João, o hipopótamo

Tavares, M., Dec 2019, In : Journal of Romance Studies. 19, 3, p. 443–468 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)

    No Country for Nonconforming Women: Feminine Conceptions of Lusophone Africa

    Tavares, M., 30 Sep 2018, Oxford: Legenda: Oxford. 232 p. (Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures; vol. 32)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
  • 446 Downloads (Pure)

    Das margens e dos centros: uma leitura d’A Louca de Serrano de Dina Salústio in “O Feminino nas Literaturas Africanas em Língua Portuguesa”

    Tavares, M., 2014, O Feminino nas Literaturas Africanas em Língua Portuguesa. da Silva, F. M. (ed.). Lisboa: Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, p. 67-100

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access


    Multi-Year Research Grant awarded by the University of Macau

    Tavares, Maria (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • PhD Grant awarded by the University of Manchester

    Tavares, Maria (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Research Fellowship awarded by The Leverhulme Trust

    Tavares, Maria (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Research Grant awarded by the University of Macau, China

    Tavares, Maria (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    New Research on the History, Culture and Politics of Mozambique

    Maria Tavares (Keynote speaker)

    06 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


    Maria Tavares (Invited speaker)

    03 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Mozambique through literature, film & policy making (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

    Maria Tavares (Organiser)

    22 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

    Maria Tavares (Visiting researcher)

    01 Aug 201931 Aug 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Culture as Resistance in the Lusophone World: Legacies and Challenges

    Maria Tavares (Invited speaker)

    08 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk