Lecturer in Brazilian Studies
Tori Holmes completed her PhD in Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2011 and took up the post of Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in September 2012. Her doctoral thesis examined the use of blogs and other internet platforms by Brazilian favela residents for publishing and disseminating their own representations of the areas where they live.
As well as her PhD, Tori holds an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London, with a final dissertation on internet cafés in Peru, and a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) from the University of Cambridge. She has also worked professionally as a specialist in the social, cultural and developmental uses of information and communication technologies, first in London in the not-for-profit sector and then in Rio de Janeiro as a freelance researcher, consultant, editor and translator.
Tori’s current research falls at the intersection of Brazilian/Latin American studies and internet studies. Her main interests are in digital culture and the texts and practices of urban representation in Brazil, although she is also interested in undertaking comparative work on Brazil and Peru. She takes an interdisciplinary approach in her research, combining approaches from literary and cultural studies and the social sciences, and has broader interests in digital engagement with place and locality, as well as internet research methodologies and ethics. She is a member of the collaborative Latin American Cyberculture project, led by researchers from the universities of Liverpool and Leeds.
‘The travelling texts of local content: Following content creation, communication and dissemination via internet platforms in a Brazilian favela’, in D. Castillo and C. Henseler, eds., ‘Hybrid Storyspaces: Redefining the Critical Enterprise in Twenty-First Century Hispanic Literature’, Hispanic Issues On Line 9, 2012, pp.263-288. Available from: http://hispanicissues.umn.edu/HybridStoryspaces.html.
‘Local content in Brazil: Conceptual framework and methodological implications’, in E. Ardèvol and A. Roig, eds., ‘Researching media through practices: An ethnographic approach' [online dossier], Digithum (11), 2009, pp. 12-19. Available from: http://digithum.uoc.edu/ojs/index.php/digithum/issue/view/11.
Tori contributes teaching on Brazil to core undergraduate modules in Portuguese Studies and Latin American Studies, as well as participating in Portuguese language teaching. In 2012-2013 she will offer a Level 2 cursillo on ‘Favelas and the Brazilian urban periphery: Issues and representations’. Her main teaching interests are digital and visual cultures (including film) in Brazil, and urban Brazil.