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"


Women of the Brown Atlantic: Real and Imaginary Passages in Portuguese 1711-2011

AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellows Award

The project provides an innovative set of conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools for investigating how black women’s experiences of mobility in the Brown (i.e., Lusophone) Atlantic have been remembered, with particular emphasis on how the relation between real experiences of mobility and their imagination and theorisation may be traced. It interrogates, from the viewpoint of Lusophone black women’s long-term omission from critical paradigms and epistemologies, the constraints that space-oriented conceptual frames, specifically the archive metaphor, impose on the theorisation of the storage of memory. It develops a new framework for claiming untheorised gendered and queer memory sites of the Brown Atlantic by introducing the potentially field-changing metaphor of the rainbow, derived from an Afro-Brazilian popular saying.


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.