ABIL Officers

President - Professor Stephanie Dennison (2017 -2021)

(email: s.dennison@leeds.ac.uk)

Professor Stephanie Dennison holds a chair in Brazilian Studies at the University of Leeds, where she also serves as Director of the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures. Stephanie served as Luso-Brazilian representative for the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) and she is a founding member of REBRAC, the European Network of Researchers working in Cultural Analysis.

General Secretary Dr Catarina Fouto (2013-2021)

(email catarina.fouto@kcl.ac.uk)

Catarina Fouto Is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at King's College London. Catarina is a member of the editorial board of the journal Portuguese Studies, and serves on the Committee of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) at King's College London. She was elected Secretary of ABIL in 2013.

Treasurer - Dr Maria Tavares (2017-2021)

(email: m.tavares@qub.ac.uk)

Maria Tavares is a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research has explored the possibilities arising from thinking nationalism and national identity through gender and she is currently conducting research on the processes of construction and representations of female heroism in Mozambique. She is the author of No Country for Nonconforming Women: Feminine Conceptions of Lusophone Africa (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018). Maria is a member of ABIL and in 2017 she was elected Treasurer of the Association. 



Conference Secretary - Dr Raquel Ribeiro (2017-2019)

(email: raquel.ribeiro@ed.ac.uk)

Raquel Ribeiro was the interim Secretary of ABIL since September 2017-April 2019, and is the 2019 VII Conference Secretary. She is a Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh since 2014. 




Immediate Past President - Professor Philip Rothwell (2017-2021)

(email: philip.rothwell@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk)

Phillip Rothwell is the King John II Professor of Portuguese at Oxford University and served as president of ABIL from 2013 until 2017. He is a professorial fellow at St Peter's College, Oxford.



Early Career Representative - Dr Dorothée Boulanger (2017-2021)

(email: dorothee.boulanger@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk)

 After completing her PhD on Angolan history and literature at King’s College London, she has been a teaching fellow in the History and SPLAS (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) departments at the same institution. Her research focuses on postcolonial Angolan literature, and the interplay between politics, history and fiction, with specific interest in masculinity and coloniality. She is currently a departmental lecturer in the Portuguese sub-faculty at the University of Oxford, and is about to start a Leverhulme early career fellowship.


Postgraduate Representative - Gui Perdigão (2017-2019)

(email: gui.perdigao@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk)

Gui Perdigão is a Senior Instructor in Portuguese at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages of the University of Oxford, where he has taught since 2011. His research focuses on Brazilian Cinema with a particular interest in literary adaptation. He has been a Postgraduate Representative for ABIL since 2015.







Member without Portfolio - Dr Gustavo Infante (2017-19)

(email: gustavo.infante@bristol.ac.uk)

Gustavo Infante is a Portuguese Language Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. His current research is on prison writing, literature and dictatorship, and the reflection of Portuguese postcoloniality in cinema. He is a member of ABIL since 2008 and was elected member without portfolio in 2017.



Member without Portfolio - Dr Simon Park (2017-2019)

(email: simon.park@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk)



Portuguese & Brazilian Studies Representative

at the University Council for Modern Languages

Professor Hilary Owen (2017-2019)

(email: hilary.owen@manchester.ac.uk)

Hilary Owen is Professor Emerita in Portuguese and Luso-African Studies at the University of Manchester and Research Fellow in the Sub-Faculty of Portuguese at Oxford University. She works on  Portuguese and Lusophone African women writers and feminist theory as well as researching on Postcolonialism and on contemporary Portuguese and Lusophone African cinemas.  She is co-editing  with Claire Williams, Transnational Portuguese Studies, for Liverpool University Press, Transnational Modern Languages series, and with Mariana Liz, Portuguese Women Film Directors, for Bloomsbury Press. She has taught at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford, Queen's, Belfast, and Leeds and is a founder member and former treasurer of ABIL. She currently represents ABIL on the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML).



Past Officers


President -  Professor Phillip Rothwell (St Peter's College, Oxford) (2013-2017)

General Secretary -  Dr Catarina Fouto  (King's College - London) (2013-2017)

Treasurer - Dr Mark Sabine (Nottingham) (2013-2017)

Conference Officer - Dr Carmen Ramos Villar (Sheffield) (2015-2017)

Past President - Dr David Frier (Leeds)  (2013-2017)

Members without Portfolio - Dr Tori Holmes (Queen's University - Belfast)  (2013-2017)

Postgraduate Officer - Gui Perdigão (Oxford) (2015-17)

Early-Career Researcher Officer -ABIL invited nominations for the role of ECR rep, but none received








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