Anglophone Cultures and History


Anglophone Cultures and History Area

Leader: Gabriela Gândara Terenas


The Anglophone Cultures and History Research Area was formed in November 2017 following the inclusion of a new strand: “American Intersections”. Until then the group was entitled “British Culture and History” and was devoted exclusively to the study of the relationships between Literature, Culture and the Media within the British context. The new research area will continue to develop the work started in 2010, now divided into three complementary strands: the Research Strand A) Science and Culture (convener: Gabriela Gândara Terenas) will address and foster the examination of multiple links between Science and the Humanities from an intercultural perspective. Confronting and comparing scientific and humanistic discourses, strand A) will examine the different strategies employed in the representation, dissemination and popularization of Science, particularly in fictional narratives and also in the Arts, attempting, in this way, to establish how far the comparison of different forms of discursivity can contribute towards the study of the history of science, visual culture and literature in Anglophone countries. In January 2020, the strand launched a new research project entitled “Bridges between Science and Literature in the 21st Century” (BCL21) the main aim of which is to create an online data basis, including as much information as possible about novels originally written in English and published for the first time in the 21st century, which deal with scientific issues in one way or another. The fundamental aim of the Research Strand B) Literature and the Media (convener Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello) is to study the relationship between literature and different forms of contemporary media, namely television, cinema and new media. This involves the exploration of different fields of research, such as the role played by a set of television series produced by the BBC as strong canonical disseminators of Anglophone cultures; the importance of television, in general, as propagator of Anglophone literature and the cinema; the role of transmedia storytelling to diverse audiences within Anglophone cultures, viewed as the representation of different storyworlds through multiple media. Researchers will approach selected texts, from traditional literature to contemporary media, including novels, short stories, plays, films, television productions, graphic novels and digital literature as interconnected arenas of human experience and culture. Finally, the Research Strand C) American Intersections (convener: Teresa Botelho) aims to advance the understanding of cultural realities in the United States from a broad thematic and interdisciplinary perspective, examining how questions of place, identity and transnational interdependencies intersect in the mapping of the ever-changing and multilayered American imaginary. .



2019/20 Academic Year

1) June 2020: Symposium: “American Elections and Politics in Literature, Cinema, Television and Journalism” (in collaboration with Political Science and Journalism Studies) (Organisation: Strand C)

2) Permanent Seminar. “American Intersections: Space, Identity and the Transnational” (Organisation: Strand C)


2020/21 Academic Year

1) Sept.-Dec. 2020: Series of Lectures: “Literature and Science VI” (in collaboration with CIUHCT – Centro Inter-Universitário da História da Ciência e da Tecnologia/University of Lisbon) (Organisation: Strand A)

2) November 2020: Colloquium: “Literature and the Media”. (Organisation: Strand B)

3) February 2021: International Colloquium: “Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World V”. Keynote Speaker: Professor Greg Lynall, University of Liverpool (Organisation: Strand A)

4) April 2021: British Society for Literature and Science 2021 Annual Conference (Participation: Strands A and B)

5) May 2021: One-day Conference – “Over the Moon: Science, Literature and other Arts” (Organisation: Strands A and B)

5) Permanent Seminar. American Intersections: Space, Identity and the Transnational (Organisation: Strand C)


2021/2022 Academic Year

1) October 2021: Colloquium on the television serial Star Trek (centenary of Gene Roddenberry’s birth (1921-1991). (Organisation: Strand B)

2) November 2021: Anglophone Cultures & History International Conference: Climate Changes in Fiction (Organisation: Strands A, B and C)

3) December 2021: Conference – “America and War: Literary and Artistic and Cultural Representations”. (Organisation: Strand C)

4) April 2022: British Society for Literature and Science 2021 Annual Conference (Participation: Strands A and B)

5) December 2022: Publication of a Collection of Essays on “Science, Culture and the Media”. (Organisation: Strands A & B)

6) Permanent Seminar. American Intersections: Space, Identity and the Transnational (Organisation: Strand C)


Ficcionalizações da Cinência na Grã-Bretanha IV

Conferência “Leitura & Ciência IV”

Conferência “Leitura & Ciência III”

Colóquio “Uma Guerra que não foi das Estrelas”

Conferência “Leitura & Ciência II”

Members & Collaborators

I) Strand A (Convener: Gabriela Gândara Terenas NOVA FCSH/CETAPS):

Filipe Furtado (CETAPS)

Isabel Capeloa Gil (Universidade Católica/CECC/CETAPS)

Aline Ferreira (Universidade de Aveiro/CETAPS)

Miguel Alarcão (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)


João Paulo Ascenso Pereira da Silva (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Ana Rita Padeira (Universidade Aberta/CETAPS)

Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello (Universidade Aberta/CECC/CETAPS)

Maria da Conceição Castel-Branco (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Ricardo Marques (IELT/CETAPS)

Filipa Geirinhas (CETAPS)

Teresa Pereira (PhD Student/CETAPS)

Kathleen Calado (PhD Student/Universidade dos Açores/CETAPS)

David Glyn Evans (PhD Student/CETAPS)

Carlos Carneiro (PhD Student)

Maria João Brito (PhD Student/CETAPS)

Ana Rita Brettes (MA Student/CETAPS)

Tânia Alexandra Fernandes (MA Student/CETAPS)


II) Strand B (Convener: Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello, Universidade Aberta/CECC/CETAPS):

João Paulo Ascenso Pereira da Silva (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Ana Rita Padeira (Universidade Aberta/CETAPS)

Maria da Conceição Castel-Branco (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Maria de Jesus Relvas (Universidade Aberta/CEAUL/ULICES/CETAPS)

Cátia Ferreira (Universidade Católica/CECC/CETAPS)

Teresa Nunes Pereira (PhD Student/ CETAPS)

Maria João Brito (PhD Student/CETAPS)


III) Strand C (Convener: Teresa Botelho, NOVA FCSH/CETAPS):

Maria Teresa Castilho (FLUP-UP/CETAPS)

Isabel Oliveira Martins (NOVA FCSH/CETAPS/CEAUL)

Ana Figueira (PhD Sudent/NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Jaqueline Pierazzo (PhD Student/ FLUP-UP/CETAPS)

Natália Telega Soares (PhD Student/NOVA FCSH/CETAPS)

Susana Costa (PhD Student /CETAPS)