Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues
Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.
I concluded a PhD in Brazilian and Mozambican literatures from Coimbra University, Portugal, in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Maria Aparecida Ribeiro and Professor Ana Mafalda Leite. My background is in literary and film studies, and my research combines methods and approaches from cultural and social studies, with a special focus on postcolonialism, migration and gender. Both in my PhD thesis, focused on the motif of travel as a means of renegotiating national identity, and in my publications I adopt an international perspective, comparing works of art from different countries, regions and continents, in order to grasp cultural and social phenomena of global outreach such as the role of diasporas in the forging of the national identity in the global South.
During the PhD and afterwards I worked in international research projects focused on Lusophone African literatures and cinemas, coordinated by Professor Ana Mafalda Leite from the University of Lisbon (see https://www.nevisproject.com/page/presentation). I did fieldwork in Africa (Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe) where I interviewed writers, filmmakers, artists, editors, film producers and policy makers. The results are presented in the book Speaking the Postcolonial Nation (on Angola and Mozambique) and I am currently co-editing a forthcoming volume on Sao Tome, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. I am affiliated with CESA (Center of Studies on Africa, Asia and Latin America) at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where I participate in the project Narratives of the Indian Ocean in the Lusophone Space (coordination Ana Mafalda Leite).
I have given several guest seminars both in Lisbon and in Leiden in the area of African culture. In Lisbon I assisted Professor Ana Mafalda Leite (FLUL, Lisbon University) by giving lectures on African cinema and literature. In Leiden was invited by Dr. Sara Brandellero (LUCAS, Leiden University) to lecture in her BA and MA courses. The topics I taught include representations of the postcolonial city (in film and literature), tradition and modernity in Lusophone Africa, migration and displacement in African and Brazilian cinema, memory of slavery and colonialism. In BA International Studies I give tutorials on Culture: Africa and Communicating Power.
PhD in Brazilian Literature, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2014.
Thesis: "Na demanda da ideia de nação: as viagens pós-coloniais nas obras de Mário de Andrade e Mia Couto".
Supervisors: Professor Maria Aparecida Ribeiro and Professor Ana Mafalda Leite.
Funding: an individual full four year PhD. grant by FCT (SFRH/BD/60201/2009).
Post-graduation in Brazilian and African Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2008.
MA in Spanish Philology
University of Wroclaw, Poland, 2008.
Thesis: Los mitos españoles en el cine norte-americano: adaptaciones cinematográficas de las hazañas del Cid y las aventuras de don Quijote.
Supervisor: Professor Piotr Sawicki.
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