I'm Associate Professor of Portuguese and World Literatures in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. My teaching focuses on the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, critical theory, and topics related to race, gender, sexuality and disability. My current research explores the intersections between disability and colonialism, particularly in the Portuguese and British empires.
- British and Portuguese colonialism
- Gender and sexuality
- Colonial science and eugenics
My research interests range across the literatures, cultures and social histories of Portuguese- and English-speaking Africa and the Portuguese-speaking world more broadly, with a particular focus on subjects relating to the body and mind. These have included gender and sexuality, white supremacy, violence, health, and mortality; more recently, I have focused on disability and eugenics. A large part of my work is concerned with the critical theorisation of those themes, both within my regions of specialisation and beyond.
My 2017 monograph, Battleground Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Mozambican Literature, drew on theory from a range of disciplines to explore and compare representations and uses of the body in Mozambican cultural history, through poetry and prose by six Mozambican authors: José Craveirinha, Noémia de Sousa, Lília Momplé, Paulina Chiziane, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and Suleiman Cassamo.
My current focus is on the intersections between disability and colonial thought in the British and Portuguese empires, with a focus on southern Africa. I am particularly interested in the co-construction of disability and race, the development of eugenics, and the colonial subjugation of people and territories as a disabling act. My research draws on theories of disability, race and colonial extractivism, and puts these into dialogue with medical, legal and political archives.
Current PhD Students
At undergraduate level, I convene and teach the three PORT modules, which are all concerned with the histories and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world: PORT1001 'Introduction to the Portuguese-speaking World'; PORT2001 'Culture, Power and Resistance in the Portuguese-speaking World'; and PORT3006 'Encounters with Bodies in Lusophone Cultural Narrative' . I also contribute to first-year cultural studies module LANG1004 'Reading Culture' and teach advanced Portuguese-to-English translation.
At postgraduate level, I convene our interdisciplinary MA Languages & Cultures programme, which offers a global perspective on world cultures and societies. Within this programme, I co-convene and teach the cultural and critical theory module LANG6023 'Nation, Culture, Power' and skills module LANG6022 'Approaches to Languages & Cultures', and contribute to the world literature, film and theory module LANG6028 'Narrative, Place, Identity'. My units on these modules include gender and queer theory, disability studies, postcolonialism, critical race theory and Black diaspora literatures.
External roles and responsibilities
Following a BA and MA focused on Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures, I specialised in one of the countries of Portuguese-speaking Africa – Mozambique – for my doctoral research. During and after my PhD, completed at the University of Manchester, I also taught both at Manchester and the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham, before joining Southampton in 2016.
I published the book Battleground Bodies: Gender and Sexuality in Mozambican Literature in 2017. It explores the representation and use of the body in Mozambican cultural history and literature. My current research focuses on the intersections between disability and colonialism in the British and Portuguese empires, especially in southern Africa. In general, my research centres on comparative colonial and postcolonial literatures and histories; critical theory; disability, white supremacy, sexuality & colonialism; and the history of colonial science.
I am always keen to hear from potential postgraduate students looking for supervision along these thematic lines, including in collaboration with colleagues from my own department and others in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.