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Henrique Gomes
PhD in Latin American Studies

Supervisors: Dr. Bárbara Fernández Melleda and Dr. Tim Gruenewald

Why HKU? As my research seeks to interweave cinema, literature, philosophy, history and cultural theory, the interdisciplinary character of the program in Latin American Studies at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures was essential for my choice. At this critical political moment in the recent history of Brazilian democracy, which is part of my analysis, it seemed extremely interesting to me to develop my research at a multicultural university like HKU. I believe this aspect will contribute to a plurality of views and questions that will strengthen my work.

PhD Project
Coloniality and Structural Racism in Brazil: Epistemic Diversity in Contemporary Brazilian Northeastern Literature and Cinema

Short Abstract: I propose the study of two books — Viva o Povo Brasileiro (1984), by João Ubaldo Ribeiro, and Boca do Inferno (1989), by Ana Miranda — and two films — Bacurau (2019), by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, and Divino Amor (2019), by Gabriel Mascaro — from the Northeast Region of Brazil, to analyse their role in opposing the historical structural racism and epistemicide against black and indigenous people in the country, taking into consideration the urgency of this kind of manifestation in the context of the recent racist declarations and policies adopted by Jair Bolsonaro's government (2019 –).

Background: Henrique holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies and a Master’s degree in Arts at the Federal University of Ceará, in Brazil. He has experience working in many contemporary Cinema and Visual Arts productions since 2011, specially in Sound Design and Sound Art. He was also a Film teacher in different public institutions in Brazil.

Awards, Publications and Others:

2013 scholarship holder for the Technical and Artistic Workshops Mercosur Audiovisual (RECAM) in Latin American Cinema Studies in Asunción, Paraguay.

2014 and 2015 scholarship holder for the Artistic Culture Promotion Program at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil.

“Percepção e Pesquisa Na Paisagem Sonora: Os Fluxos Do Meio e o Observador Participante.” Ouvirouver, vol. 13, no. 2, 2017, pp. 494–508., doi:10.14393/ouv21-v13n2a2017-11.

“Um lugar para ouvir: a sonificação de elementos meteorológicos como prática artística”, In Encontro da Associação Nacional de Pesquisadores em Artes Plásticas, 26o, 2017, Campinas. Anais do 26o Encontro da Anpap. Campinas: Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, 2017. p.2033-2042.

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