Maria Luísa de Sousa Coelho
ContactosInstituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas
Universidade do Minho
Campus de Gualtar
Breve ApresentaçãoPost-doctoral researcher.
Project: Portuguese Artists and Writers in London (1950-1986): Cultural Networks and Identities in Transit (FCT, post-doctoral research grant: SFRH/BPD/112293/2015)
With a PhD in Comparative Literature and an MA in Anglo-American Studies, her work is focused on feminist and gender studies, from a trans and interdisciplinary perspective (literature and the visual arts). Her post-doctoral research explores her main research interests in articulation with diasporic studies.
Categoria ProfissionalPost-doctoral researcher
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art Theory
Qualificações Académicas2012 CENTRO DE ESTUDOS HUMANÍSTICOS – UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO, Portugal
• PhD in Comparative Literature; thesis: "Contemporary Art and the Feminine: Representation and Contamination in the Work of Helen Chadwick, Michèle Roberts and Helena Almeida"
2002 FACULDADE DE LETRAS – UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO, Portugal
• MA in Anglo-American studies; thesis: “O Doméstico na Poesia de Emily Dickinson: Entre a Tradição e a Inovação/ The Domestic in Emily Dickinson's Poetry: Between Tradition and Innovation”
1998 FACULDADE DE LETRAS – UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO, Portugal
• Degree in Modern Languages and Literature: Portuguese and English Studies (included a Pedagogical qualification; top of her class:16/20).
Áreas de Investigação de InteresseComparative Literature, History of Art, Inter-artistic Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, Diaspora Studies
Projectos de InvestigaçãoPortuguese Artists and Writers in London (1950-1986): Cultural Networks and Identities in Transit
This project focuses on works produced by Portuguese artists and writers who lived in London between 1950 and 1986, in order to assess how they engage with their Portuguese background and that British context. Through close visual and textual analysis, original archival research and interviews with the participants in this cultural circle still alive, I will develop a comparative framework for investigating works that suggest artistic dialogues and hybrid forms of identity. Moreover, the research takes a socio-political perspective when considering the relationship between Portuguese writers/artists and modern Portuguese history (Salazar’s dictatorship, the colonial war, the 1974 Revolution), as well as post-war British culture and its effects (decolonization, the swinging sixties, European integration). Grounded in Comparative Literature, Diaspora and Gender studies, this project will ultimately consider how the probing of fixed national and subjective identities in these works furthers our understanding of post-war Britain and Europe as collaborative cultural spaces.
Publicações• Coelho, Maria Luísa (no prelo), “The Eccentric Self-portraits of Helena Almeida,” in Claire Williams and Maria-José Blanco (eds.), Feminine Singular: Women Growing up through Life-writing in the Luso-hispanic World, (Peter Lang).
•Coelho, Maria Luisa (2015) “The Bosnian War through the Eyes of Susana Mendes Silva: from the Public to the Private and Back,” in Ana Gabriela Macedo, Carlos Mendes de Sousa and Vitor Moura (eds.), Conflito e Trauma: XVI Colóquio de Outono (Braga, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho), 99-106.
•Coelho, Maria Luisa (2014), “Visual Diasporas in the Feminine: The Case of Aurore de Sousa,” in Connie Rapoo, Maria Luisa Coelho and Zahira Sarwar (eds.), New Perspectives in Diasporic Experience (Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press), 115-125.
•Coelho, Maria Luisa, Connie Rapoo and Zahira Sarwar, eds. (2014). New Perspectives in Diasporic Experience (Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press, e-book). https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/online-store/ebooks/diversity-and-recognition/new-perspectives-in-diasporic-experience
• Coelho, Maria Luísa (2012), “Aerial Performances in Contemporary Women’s Art and Fiction,” in Ana Gabriela Macedo, Carlos Mendes de Sousa and Vitor Moura (eds.), Estética, Cultura Material e Diálogos Intersemióticos: XIII Colóquio de Outono (Braga, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho), 49-56.
• Coelho, Maria Luísa (2011), “The Dinner Party” and “Portugal” in Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster and Jane E. Sloan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, Sage Publications.
• Oliveira, Márcia e Maria Luísa Coelho (2011) “Lourdes Castro, Helena Almeida and their ‘encounter with the world’,” Diacrítica/ Literatura Comparada, 24:3, Braga: Centro de Estudos Humanísticos, Universidade do Minho, pp. 311-324.
• Coelho, Maria Luísa, “The Performative Female Body in Helen Chadwick and Claude Cahun,” in Ana Gabriela Macedo, Carlos Mendes de Sousa and Vitor Moura (eds.), Estudos Performativos: Global Performance, Political Performance- XI Colóquio de Outono, 2010, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho, pp. 213-22.
• Coelho, Maria Luísa, “Domestic accounts in contemporary women’s fiction and art," in Cumplicidades Comparatistas: Origens/Influências/Resistências- Actas VI Congresso Nacional Associação Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada / X Colóquio de Outono Comemorativo das Vanguardas, 2009, Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho
• Coelho, Maria Luisa, “‘Gorgeously repulsive, exquisitely fun, dangerously beautiful’: Dog Women, Monstrous Births and Contemporary Women’s Art”, in Sorcha Ni Fhlainn (ed.), Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections: Essays on the Monster in Culture, vol. 43, Interdisciplinary Press, pp. 99-112
• Coelho, Luísa et al (eds.) (2007), Para além de Charrua: poemas de Moçambique/Charrua and Beyond: poems from Mozambique, vol. 1, Coventry, The Heaventree Press.
• Coelho, Maria Luisa (2007), "Homeland, Mother-land and Imaginary Places: Michèle Roberts and Helen Chadwick's Interpretations", in Cristina Marinetti e Susan Bassnett (eds.), Interpreting, Representing and Recording: Papers of the post-graduate conference held at the University of Warwick 9-10 June 2006, Coventry, Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick, pp. 3-12
• Coelho, Maria Luisa. “The Abject Body in Contemporary Female Art”, in Textos e Pretextos: Os Monstros, Number 8. Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Spring/ Summer 2006;
• Coelho, Maria Luisa. “’Tis little I - could care for Pearls-: Emily Dickinson’s great littleness”. The Explicator. Volume 60, Number 3, Spring 2002.
Outros DadosBetween 2007-2015 she worked as a Modern and Contemporary Art and Art Theory lecturer at the History of Art department, University of Reading, UK, where she taught first-degree and master students.
In 2014-2015 she also worked at the University of Oxford, Portuguese Sub-faculty and Language Centre, as a Portuguese tutor (language and translation).