Tori Holmes

    Tori Holmes


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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 blogging by favela residents in Rio de Janeiro and webdocumentaries about urban change in the lead-up to Rio's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, and am currently researching data activism about violence in Brazil, and Brazilian internet memes. I also work on Brazilian documentary and audiovisual production, especially as it intersects with digital culture.  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 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 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 audiovisual production in Rio's urban periphery (DEL Strategic Award in collaboration 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.


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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)
    - Urban violence in Brazil
    - Brazilian/Latin American cultural studies
    - Critical data studies
    - Digital ethnography and digital humanities, broadly understood

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