The Anglophone Cultures and History Research Area was formed in November 2017 following the inclusion of a new strand: “American Intersections”. Until then the area was entitled “British Culture and History” and was devoted to the study of the relationships between Literature, Culture and the Media in a British context only.

Now divided into three complementary strands, the new research area will continue to develop the work started in 2010, now divided into three complementary strands: Research Strand A) Science and Culture (convener: Gabriela Gândara Terenas) will address and foster the examination of the many and varied links between Science and the Humanities from an intercultural perspective.

Confronting and comparing scientific and humanistic discourses, this research strand will study 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 contribute towards the study of the History of Science, Visual Culture and Literature in Anglophone countries.

The fundamental aim of 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 implies the development of different fields of research, such as: the role played by a set of television series produced by BBC as strong canonical propagators of Anglophone cultures; the importance of Television, in general, as a propagator of Anglophone Literature and 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 ranging 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, 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 ever-changing and multilayered American imaginary.

2019/20 Academic Year

1) 27 February 2020: International Colloquium: “Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World V” (Organisation: Strand A)

2) March-May 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)

3) 22 April 2020: Colloquium at the National Library: “(RE)thinking Earth: from Nature Writing to Climate Change Fiction” (Organisation: Strand C)

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

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


2020/21 Academic Year

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

2) February 2021: International Colloquium: “Fictionalisations of Science in the Anglophone World VI” (Organisation: Strand A)

3) One-day Conference: “Representations of the Moon in Science, Literature, and the Arts” (Organisation: Strand A)

4) 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) 2022: Publication of a Collection of Essays on “Science, Culture and the Media”. (Organisation: Strands A & B)

5) 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”

Science and Culture
Convener: Gabriela Gândara Terenas FCSH-NOVA/CETAPS):
Filipe Furtado (CETAPS)
Isabel Capeloa Gil (Universidade Católica/CECC/CETAPS)
Aline Ferreira (Universidade de Aveiro/CETAPS)
Ana Rita Padeira (Universidade Aberta/CETAPS)
Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello (Universidade Aberta/CECC/CETAPS)
Maria da Conceição Castel-Branco (FCSH-NOVA/CETAPS)
António Bernardo Lopes (Universidade do Algarve/CETAPS)
Karen Bennett (FCSH-NOVA/CETAPS)
Ricardo Marques (IELT/CETAPS)
Filipa Geirinhas (CETAPS)
Andreia Ferreira (CETAPS)
Kathleen Calado (PhD Student/CETAPS)
David Glyn Evans (PhD Student/CETAPS)
Teresa Pereira (PhD Student/CETAPS)
Carlos Carneiro (PhD Student)

Literature and the Media
Convener: Maria do Rosario Lupi Bello, Universidade Aberta/CECC/CETAPS):
Ana Rita Padeira (Universidade Aberta/CETAPS)
Maria da Conceição Castel-Branco (FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)
Maria de Jesus Relvas (Universidade Aberta/CEAUL/ULICES/CETAPS)
Cátia Ferreira (Universidade Católica/CECC/CETAPS)
Teresa Nunes Pereira (PhD Student/FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)


American Intersections
Convener: Teresa Botelho, FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)
Maria Teresa Castilho (FLUP-UP/CETAPS)
Gabriela Gândara Terenas (FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)
Isabel Oliveira Martins (FCSH-UNL/CETAPS/CEAUL)
Ana Figueira (PhD Sudent/FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)
Jaqueline Pierazzo (PhD Student FLUP-UP/CETAPS)
Natália Telega Soares (PhD Student/FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)
Susana Costa (PhD Student FCSH-UNL/CETAPS)