Dr Ana Martins

Research interests

Portuguese feminism

Postcolonial studies

Transnational studies

Diaspora studies

Race and gender studies

Women's writing from the Portuguese-speaking world

Ideas of Africa in Brazil

Monster studies

The "postcolonial exotic"


Research collaborations

AHRC Care for the Future Exploratory Award (Exeter, Leicester, Surrey and Wales)

Project blog

Ana was co-investigator in a project titled, "Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in the Construction of 'Authentic' Foods and Drinks." The project was funded by the AHRC Care for the Future Exploratory Award (November 2014 - November 2015). The aim of the project was to critically dissect authenticity as a discursive construct by looking into ideas of timelessness, origins and tradition that contribute to the construction of narratives of authenticity in relation to foods and drinks in different historical and geographical contexts:

  • Pulque in 19th and 20th century Mexico
  • Acarajé in 20th and 21st century Brazil
  • Cider in contemporary Wales
  • Flaounes in contemporary Cyprus

Main outputs of the research included a recipe-style book aimed at a popular audience. The team is currently working on editing a special edition of an interdisciplinary journal.