Tori Holmes


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Digital culture in Brazil and Latin America - Representation of urban Brazil (particularly the favelas of Rio de Janeiro) - Contemporary Brazilian audiovisual production (especially documentary) - Urban violence in Brazil - Brazilian/Latin American cultural studies - Critical data studies - Digital ethnography and digital humanities, broadly understood


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Research Statement

My research explores socially and politically engaged uses of the internet and digital technologies in Brazil. I have worked on self-representational blogging by favela residents in Rio de Janeiro and webdocumentaries expressing a critical perspective about urban change in the lead-up to Rio's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. I am currently researching data activism about violence and public security in Brazil, and Brazilian internet memes, and preparing a book manuscript tying together the different strands of my work on Brazilian digital culture.

I also work on contemporary Brazilian documentary and audiovisual production, especially, but not only, as it intersects with digital culture. I have recently published an article on Brazilian documentary filmmaker Maria Augusta Ramos.

A central thematic and methodological concern in my work is the idea of circulation. My approach is interdisciplinary, combining approaches from literary and cultural studies and the social sciences, and I have broader interests in ethical and methodological issues in internet and interdisciplinary research.

I am keen to engage a wider audience with the themes of my research, and currently do this via two cultural engagement initiatives, the Belfast Brazilian CineClub, which screens Brazilian documentaries in Belfast, and Other Registers, a collaborative sound installation about police violence in Rio de Janeiro, which has so far been staged in Rio de Janeiro, Belfast, London, and Sydney.

I am a member of the collaborative Digital Latin American Cultures Network, and one of the founders of REBRAC - European Network of Brazilianists Working in Cultural Analysis. At QUB, I am involved in the Latin American Studies Forum, the Centre for Documentary Research, the Centre for the Americas, and the New Methods for New Media Network.

As well as a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool, I hold an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London, with a final dissertation on internet cafés in Peru, and a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) from the University of Cambridge. Prior to undertaking doctoral study, I worked in London and Rio de Janeiro variously as a project coordinator, researcher, consultant, editor and translator specialising in the social, cultural and development uses of information and communication technologies.


My main teaching interests are digital and visual cultures in contemporary Brazil, and the representation of urban Brazil (particularly Rio de Janeiro and its favelas).

I contribute interdisciplinary teaching on cultural, social and historical aspects of Brazil, from the sixteenth century to the present day, to undergraduate modules in Portuguese and Introduction to Lusophone Studies. I also participate in Portuguese language teaching, with particular emphasis on translation into English and writing in Portuguese.

At Level 3, I offer an optional module on 'Brazilian Digital Culture: Trends and topics' as well as a cursillo (mini-module) entitled 'Circulating Violence: Films about public security in Rio de Janeiro'.

At postgraduate level, I contribute teaching on research ethics, fieldwork in the humanities, and digital ethnography to a module on research methods in modern languages. I am available for MRes supervision on topics relating to Brazilian culture and society, particularly digital and audiovisual cultures. I am currently co-supervising an MRes project about violence in Brazilian and Mozambican film. Please see the list of areas in which I can supervise below, under PhD supervision.

I currently supervise PhD students working on gender and audiovisual production in Rio's urban periphery (DEL Strategic Award, jointly supervised with Professor Cahal McLaughlin) and Mozambican cinema (AHRC Northern Bridge studentship, co-supervised with Dr Maria Tavares). I was second supervisor for a PhD project on chicana literature, completed in 2018. I welcome enquiries about potential supervision - see below.


Expertise related to UN SDGs

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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