Tori Holmes
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    Research Statement

    I have been Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast since September 2012. My main research interests are in digital culture and the texts and practices of urban representation in Brazil. A central thematic and methodological concern in my work is the idea of circulation.

    My doctoral research, completed at the University of Liverpool in 2011, examined the use of blogs and other internet platforms by Brazilian favela residents. Since then, I have worked on Brazilian webdocumentaries relating to urban change in Rio de Janeiro, in the context of the city's recent hosting of global sporting mega-events, and am currently researching data activism relating to armed violence and public security in Brazil.

    A further area of interest is Brazilian documentary and audiovisual production, especially as it intersects with digital culture.

    I take an interdisciplinary approach in my work, combining approaches from literary and cultural studies and the social sciences, and have broader interests in digital ethnography, and ethical and methodological issues in 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 my PhD I also 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 also 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 ethical and methodological issues in digital culture research and in 2014-2015 offered an MA module on Brazilian non-fiction audiovisual production and circulation. I am available for MRes supervision on topics relating to Brazilian culture and society, particularly digital and audiovisual cultures. Please see the list for PhD supervision below.

    I currently supervise PhD students working on documentary, digital technologies and urban change in Brazil (DEL Strategic Award in collaboration with Professor Cahal McLaughlin) and Lusophone African 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.


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    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)
    - Brazilian cultural studies
    - Latin American cultural studies
    - Digital ethnography and digital humanities, broadly understood

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