News from Everywhere | April 2024



Portuguese Junior Researcher’s Newsletter in Anglo American Studies


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This month, JRAAS will host our first cinema session – Hitchcock and Non-Places- with the screening of The Lady Vanishes (1938) accompanied by commentary by Professor Mark Poole. The session will take place on Sala de Reuniões 1 in FLUP– Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto- on the 2nd of May, from 17.30 to 19.30. 

Delve into the noir world of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes and explore the concept of Non-Places in his filmography. Accompanied by commentary from Professor Mark Poole, this event promises to be a captivating experience for both Hitchcock fans and film enthusiasts alike. In The Lady Vanishes (1938), Hitchcock explores the concept of Non-Places, as popularized by Marc Augè in his book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. Transient spaces such as train stations serve as the backdrop for this suspenseful tale, where characters journey through train compartments, narrow corridors, and station platforms, immersed in anonymous environments where meaningful connections seem elusive.

Admission is free, and complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the session. Join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience!


Our newsletter, News From Everywhere, inspired by William Morris’ News From Nowhere (1890) one of the most significant utopian narratives since Thomas More’s Utopia,is published by JRAAS (Junior Researchers in Anglo-American Studies) in collaboration with the Digital Lab and CETAPS (Center for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies) at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto.

This monthly newsletter is a platform which aims to inform readers about the field of Anglo-American Studies by promoting events, sharing news and encouraging students to contribute with their creative and research work within the field.

We aim to explore diversity in the Anglo-American studies field by emphasizing and bringing forth different perspectives, raising new voices and delving into the Digital Humanities.

Figure of the month


Sandra Cisneros


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The first Hispanic woman to receive a MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship in 1995

The author is a social activist and the founder of the Macondo Writers, a non-proft organization that offers resources and support to writers.

Cisneros was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2015 by President Barack Obama, for enriching the American narrative


Find out more about Sandra Cinseros here by Márcia Lemos


Raquel recommends: A Study in Scarlet (1887)
Joana recommends: La Chimera (2023)
Lile recommends: Javelin (2023)
Joel recommends: Station Eleven (2021)


Short News


Credits: Courtesy Sotheby’s

Conan Doyle’s manuscript of The Sign of Four is being auctioned off in New York and it is expected to be sold up  to $1.2 million. It is the most valuable Conan Doyle item ever auctioned. The manuscript is exceptionally well preserved, containing Conan Doyle’s own notes. Source: CNN

Credits: Portugal resident

Sales of English-language books have increased in Portugal more 33% in one year, according to Lusa. This upsurge has concerned Portuguese publishers. Many titles in Portuguese have lower sales than in English. The reason behind this phenomenon is the large influence of TikTok- BookTok- on the new generations. Source: Portugal Resident

This page is dedicated to the publication of small articles, essays, and reviews written by university students

1202 #2

By Inês Santos, Master’s student in Anglo American Studies

i had this vivid dream of you coming by my house
nothin’ in your hands, but your old pocket knife
asking me to kill you, take your pain away
locking eyes with my spirit, asking it to seize the day.

spiders crawling back to their orb-weaving
whispering voices telling gruesome stories
my mind was everywhere but at the door of my house
where you showed up after years of no contact
youbroketheice, youbrokemyheart, youbroketheice
youbrokemyheart, youbroketheice- youbrokemymind.

by the door i felt sleep paralysis for the first time
as if my body was ascending to heaven with the last breath in my mouth
as if my lungs were begging for a last smoke before departing
that’s how ridiculous you make me sound.

by the door of my building you smiled
face pale as a wall, but exactly how i remembered
you were no longer 21, no longer 22, no longer 23, no longer you
something else
somebody else
you know when you listen to your old favorite songs?
a chest filled with euphoria and nostalgia
but in the end there’s absolutely nothing?
that’s you
that’s us in my head
an orb filled with sparkling nostalgia
no place to hide, no place to beg
you’re where you want to be
-don’t look for me again.

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JRAAS (Junior Researchers in Anglo-American Studies) is a platform for junior/young researchers from CETAPS (Center for English, Translation, and Anglo-American Studies), based in FLUP’s scientific research hub, FLUP I&D, with the goal to promote events and activities within the Anglo-American studies field.

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