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Henrique Gomes, PhD student (2020-2024)

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

Why HKU? As my research seeks to interweave cinema, literature, social epistemology and history, the interdisciplinary character of the program in Latin American Studies was essential for my choice. It also seemed incredibly relevant for my research to be developed in an intercultural university like HKU. I believe this aspect will contribute to a plurality of views that will strengthen my work.

PhD Project
Epistemic Oppression and Epistemic Diversity in Contemporary Brazilian Northeastern Literature and Cinema

Short Abstract: The research approaches four works from Northeast Brazil: two novels — Viva o Povo Brasileiro (1984), by João Ubaldo Ribeiro, and Torto Arado (2018), by Itamar Vieira Júnior — and two films — A Idade da Terra (1980), by Glauber Rocha, and Bacurau (2019), by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. By pursuing a thematic thread along the selected corpus, the thesis will analyse how these works expose the racially and ethnically biased epistemic oppression existing in Brazil. More importantly, it will unveil how the novels and films analysed promote epistemic diversity as a way of resisting long-standing oppression.

Keywords: epistemic diversity, epistemic oppression, coloniality, Brazilian cinema, Brazilian literature.

Short bio: Henrique holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies and a Master’s degree in Arts at the Federal University of Ceará, in Brazil. He has been working in contemporary Cinema and Visual Arts productions since 2011. He has also taught Film studies in different Brazilian public institutions.

Awards, Publications and Others:

2021 — Teaching Assistant to AMER2068: Magical Realism in Latin American Literature and Film. School of Modern Languages and Cultures, at The University of Hong Kong.

2021 — Teaching Assistant to AMER2061: Argentina and Chile Dictatorships: Building Resistance through Literature and Film. School of Modern Languages and Cultures, at The University of Hong Kong.

2020/2021 — Teaching Assistant to AMER1050: Foundations of American Studies. School of Modern Languages and Cultures, at The University of Hong Kong.

2020-2024 Scholarship holder of the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF), granted by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, as well as the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS), granted by The University of Hong Kong. The scholarships provide a total sum of US$203,000 for the whole study period, distributed between annual cash awards, monthly stipend, research-related travel allowance and waiver of composition fees.

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

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

Conference paper: “Unveiling the Particularities of Brazilian Whiteness in Bacurau (2019)”, on the panel "Inside Borders Explained: Subverting Otherness, Exclusion and Hostility in Contemporary Latin American Cultures (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay)". MLA International Symposium, Glasgow 2022 (forthcoming).

Online Symposium: “Deindianization as a threat to indigenous reserves in Bolsonaro’s Brazil”. Race, Activism and Space in Latin-American Theory and Practice (Panel 1: Contesting Racial Violence), Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 28 May 2020.

Paper: “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.

Paper: “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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